Abner Zwillman

Abner Zwillman

Mob Boss
Born Jul 27, 1899

Abner "Longie" Zwillman, known as the "Al Capone of New Jersey," was an early Prohibition gangster, founding member of the "Big Seven" Ruling Commission and a member of the National Crime Syndicate, who was also associated with Murder Incorporated.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Abner Zwillman.


1899 Birth Born in 1899.
1904 5 Years Old According to the Social Security Death Index, Zwillman was born on July 27, 1904, in Newark, New Jersey.


1918 19 Years Old He was forced to quit school in order to support his family after his father's death in 1918. … Read More


1920 21 Years Old Unable to compete with the cheaper Prince Street pushcarts, however, Zwillman moved to the more upper-class neighborhood of Clinton Hill, where he began selling lottery tickets to local housewives. As Zwillman observed that much more money was made selling lottery tickets than produce, he concentrated on selling lottery tickets through local merchants and, with the help of hired muscle, by 1920 Zwillman controlled the bulk of the numbers racket. … Read More


1929 30 Years Old In 1929, Zwillman helped organize the Cleveland Conference, one of the first meetings between Jewish and Italian organized crime leaders, later resulting in the establishment of the Mafia Ruling Commission and eventually the National Crime Syndicate, to which he would be admitted to the following year. … Read More
1932 33 Years Old However, Zwillman often sought to legitimize his image, offering a reward for the return of the Lindbergh baby in 1932, and contributed to charities, including $250,000 to a Newark slum-clearing project. … Read More


During the 1959 McClellan Senate Committee hearings on organized crime, Zwillman was issued a subpoena to testify before the committee.
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