Nicky Arnstein. Debonair international con man.
Multimillion-dollar bond thief. Wandering husband
of Fanny Brice. Arnold Rothstein's admirer,
partner, and fall guy.
Abe Attell. Featherweight champion of the world.
A.R.'s gambling buddy and bodyguard—as well as
his indiscreet henchman in fixing the 1919 World
George Young Bauchle. Wastrel heir to the
Y&S licorice fortune. A.R.'s front man at the
Partridge Club, Manhattan's poshest floating card
Lt. Charles Becker. Crooked and brutal police
vice squad chief. His downfall paves the way for
Rothstein to begin his career as the great
middleman between the machine, the mob, and
Henry "Kid" Becker. The Kid conjured up the
idea of fixing a World Series. Too bad he didn't
live to enjoy it.
August Belmont II. Millionaire high-society
sportsman. Erstwhile racetrack partner of
Rothstein, but he eventually demanded A.R.'s
expulsion from New York's tracks.
Fanny Brice. Broadway's "Funny Lady" found
husband Nicky Arnstein's illegal schemes with A.
R. no laughing matter, nor the collateral he
demanded to provide bail for her incarcerated
Lepke Buchalter. New York's most vicious labor-
union racketeer got his start with A.R. He got the
chair from District Attorney Tom Dewey.
Sleepy Bill Burns. A.R. fixed it for Burns and his
partner Billy Maharg to take the fall if anything
went wrong in fixing the 1919 World Series. It did.
Assemblyman Maurice Cantor. A.R.'s last
attorney and the thief at his deathbed.
George M. Cohan. Broadway's "Yankee Doodle
Dandy" knew when to bet and when not to bet on
a World Series.
Stephen Crane. The best-selling author (The
Red Badge of Courage) who risked his
reputation, his physical safety, and his friendship
with Theodore Roosevelt to expose police
corruption in 1890s New York.
Nick the Greek Dandolos. America's most
fabled gambler—and Rothstein's favorite pigeon.
Draper Daugherty. The attorney general's
alcoholic son on the Big Bankroll's payroll.
Marion Davies. Model, Broadway sensation, film
star, William Randolph Hearst's longtime mistress,
and the target of Bill Fallon's greatest courtroom
Will Davis. He drifted in from California, tried to
rob A.R. at gunpoint, made A.R. a fortune in horse-
racing tips, and departed just as mysteriously as
Jack "The Manassa Mauler" Dempsey.
Heavyweight champion of the world in the Golden
Age of Sports. Did A.R. plot to cheat him of his
Big Bill Devery. Being New York's shadiest
police commissioner, didn't stop Big Bill from
becoming the first owner of the New York
Legs Diamond. Strong-arm artist. Thief. Labor
goon. Bootlegger. Speakeasy operator. A.R.'s
merciless (and seemingly bulletproof) bodyguard.
Monk Eastman. The original dim-witted but
brutal East Side hoodlum. When A.R. wanted a
loan repaid, he used the thuggish Eastman to
Nat Evans. A.R.'s partner in Saratoga and Long
Island gambling houses; his underling in fixing a
Bill "The Great Mouthpiece" Fallon. The
Roaring 20s' most flamboyant and successful
criminal-defense attorney. Rothstein and Fallon
did a lot of business together, but that didn't keep
the duo from profoundly despising one another.
Bridget Farry. The Park Central hotel
chambermaid who knew too much. A spell in jail
eventually made her forget much.
Nat Ferber. Manhattan's premier investigative
journalist made life uncomfortable for A.R.'s
Big Tom Foley. Powerful downtown Tammany
district leader and Governor Al Smith's mentor.
Protector of the city's crooked Wall Street firms. A.
R.'s go-to guy at Tammany.
Edward M. Fuller. Mastermind of Wall Street's
biggest con operation. Even A.R.'s connections
and Bill Fallon's skills couldn't keep this miscreant
out of Sing Sing.
William Jay Gaynor. New York's irascible reform
mayor. He battled Tammany, took a bullet in the
head, and did his best to "preserve outward order
Billy Gibson. He managed boxing champions
Gene Tunney and Benny Leonard and made sure
he remained on Arnold Rothstein's good side.
Waxey Gordon. A.R. bankrolled Gordon's
bootlegging operations, but only if Waxey did it
Arnold's much more profitable way.
William Randolph Hearst. The controversial
press lord who tried to break Tammany. Instead,
he found his own private life on the front page.
Inspector Dominick Henry. An honest cop. He
dared question why A.R. got away with shooting
three other cops.
Jimmy Hines. Tammany's powerful and wealthy
boss of West Harlem. He netted a fortune from
Prohibition and the numbers racket and spent a
good part of it covering up the facts of A.R.'s
Maxie "Boo Boo" Hoff. Philadelphia's gangland
boss who helped A.R. win $500,000 on the first
Mayor James J. "Red Mike" Hylan. Jimmy
Walker's obtuse and Hearst-controlled
predecessor at City Hall. He battled Rothstein,
but to no avail.
Shoeless Joe Jackson. Baseball's greatest
natural hitter. Joe pocketed A.R.'s five grand to
throw the 1919 Fall Classic, then complained he
didn't get more. Say it ain't so, Joe.
Albert "Killer" Johnson. He thought Arnold
would never go to the cops after he robbed A.R.'s
high stakes poker game. He guessed wrong.
Byron "Ban" Johnson. The most powerful man
in baseball thought he had a deal with the man
who fixed the World Series. You can't cheat an
Peggy Hopkins Joyce. Actress. Showgirl. Gold
digger. Joyce augmented her income by steering
rich suckers to A.R.'s Times Square gambling
Dot King. The murdered Follies showgirl. She
was A.R.'s tenant. Was she one of his drug
Fiorello "The Little Flower" La Guardia. East
Harlem's crusading congressman. He hoped to
win the mayoralty by exposing Tammany's
Aaron J. Levy. Majority leader of the New York
State Assembly. Wily defense attorney and fixer in
the Rosenthal murder case. He graduated to the
bench and to protecting A.R.-connected gambling
Leo Lindy. Gangsters, entertainers, newspaper
people all made his Times Square restaurant their
unofficial headquarters. But no more than did
Captain Alfred Loewenstein. The "World's
Richest Man." Was Loewenstein also A.R.'s
partner in the world's biggest drug ring?
Lucky Luciano. A.R. picked this cheap little
hoodlum off the streets and turned him into an
elegant, rich hoodlum.
Meyer Lansky. Rothstein recognized "Little
Man"'s talents and helped make him into the next
John J. "The Little Napoleon" McGraw.
Baseball's greatest manager. A.R.'s partner in his
popular Herald Square pool hall.
George "Hump" McManus. The Times Square
gambler indicted for A.R.'s November 1928
murder. Did the big Irishman actually pull the
Jimmy Meehan. Small-time professional
gambler. His apartment witnessed Broadway's
biggest and deadliest poker game.
Wilson Mizner. The Times Square wit ("Be nice
to people on the way up . . .you'll meet the same
people on the way down.") who tried and failed to
trim A.R.'s ego.
Charles Francis Murphy. Tammany Hall's
savviest, most powerful, and resilient boss. He
relied on Rothstein to deal with Gotham's
Inez Norton. A.R.'s last mistress. She thought
they'd live happily—and luxuriously—ever after.
Col. Levi P. Nutt. The federal drug czar with a
secret to hide.
Nigger Nate Raymond. The swarthy West
Coast gambler who took A.R. for $300,000 in a
single card game, but never collected.
George Graham Rice. Inventor of the racing tip
sheet. Pioneer stock swindler. Even he could
learn a lot from Arnold Rothstein.
Tex Rickard. Boxing's greatest promoter and a
man who sensed the great Rothstein's demise
was just around the corner.
Red Ritter. The filthy street urchin whom A.R.
tried to befriend but failed.
Franklin D. Roosevelt. His skillful handling of
the scandals that followed A.R.'s murder helped
lead FDR from the governor's mansion to the
Herman "Beansy" Rosenthal. A fatally
indiscreet Times Square gambler. Being
Rothstein's friend couldn't save him from being
Subway Sam Rosoff. The rags-to-riches
construction magnate whom even A.R. feared at
the gambling table.
Abraham Rothstein. Arnold Rothstein's upright,
intensely religious, and long-suffering father.
Arnold Rothstein. King of Manhattan gamblers.
The Big Bankroll. Criminal genius. Mastermind of
the 1919 World Series. Money Lender. Drug
Kingpin. Bootlegging pioneer. Gambling house
and casino operator. Fencer of millions in stolen
jewels and bonds. Labor-union racketeer.
Broadway angel. The ultimate political go-
between. Mentor to a whole generation of New
York thugs, hoodlums, and felons.
Bertram "Harry" Rothstein. Arnold's jealousy of
his older brother helped propel him into rebellion
and a life in the underworld.
Carolyn Rothstein. Arnold Rothstein's former
showgirl wife. She faced the agony of high-stakes
anxiety, lonely nights, murder plots—and her
husband's string of younger showgirl mistresses.
Damon Runyon. Fabled chronicler of Arnold
Rothstein's Broadway, author of Guys and Dolls.
He shared whispers with A.R. just before
Rothstein walked up Broadway to his violent end.
Abe Scher. Night cashier at Lindy's. He took the
call that summoned A.R. to his death.
Judge Samuel Seabury. The patrician politician
who brought down Rothstein's pals in Tammany
Willie Shea. Greed and booze cost Shea his
share of Rothstein's lucrative 46th Street
Alfred E. Smith. New York governor. The first
Catholic presidential candidate. Protege of A.R.'s
pal, Big Tom Foley, and sworn enemy of William
Sidney Stajer. Drug addict. Petty criminal. And
one of A.R.'s closest friends.
Charles Stoneham. High-stakes gambler. Owner
of the New York Giants. He depended on A.R. to
protect his crooked Wall Street operations from
Herbert Bayard Swope. Legendary journalist.
Adviser to presidents—and best man at A.R.'s
Joseph J. "Sport" Sullivan. The Boston
bookmaker who helped A.R. pay off the 1919
Big Tim Sullivan. A.R.'s earliest patron. State
senator. Congressman. Tammany boss of the
Lower East Side. Theater and amusement-park
baron. Protector of vice. Father of gun control—
and accessory to murder.
Titanic Thompson. The country-boy cardsharp
and legendary golf hustler who sat in on
Rothstein's fatal card game at Jimmy Meehan's.
Gene Tunney. The erudite ex-Marine who
defeated Jack Dempsey for the heavyweight
crown. Did he need a little help for A.R.'s friends?
Gertrude Vanderbilt. Bill Fallon's faithful
mistress, but ultimately the cause for his break
with Nicky Arnstein.
Albert Vitale. One of the worst of New York's
crop of venal judges. Discovery of his "loan" from
A.R. helped topple "the system."
Mayor James J. "Gentleman Jimmy" Walker.
New York's flamboyant Jazz Age mayor.
Rothstein's connections to his political machine
proved profitable—and ultimately career-ending.
Joseph Warren. Jimmy Walker's police
commissioner and former law partner. Walker
made him take the fall for not solving a crime that
nobody wanted solved.
John B. Watson. Father of the behaviorist school
of psychology. Expelled from the faculty of John
Hopkins. A.R.'s shrink.
Victor Watson. Editor of William Randolph
Hearst's New York American. He paid the
ultimate price for keeping on Rothstein's trail.
Grover Whelan. Gotham's most dapper city
official. Officially, he assumed the police
commissionership to solve A.R.'s murder. His real
agenda: Purge the department of its honest cops.
Bobbie Winthrop. A.R.'s longtime mistress. He
went to her funeral—and then to the track.
Charles Seymour Whitman. Crusading
Manhattan district attorney. Did he make a deal
with Rothstein to solve Beansy Rosenthal's
murder—and further his gubernatorial ambitions?