Joseph C. Amberg

Joseph Amberg (1892 – September 30, 1935) was a New York mobster who, with his brothers Hyman and Louis "Pretty" Amberg, was involved in labor racketeering and other criminal activities. During the 1920s and 1930s the brothers competed with rivals such as Jacob "Gurrah" Shapiro, Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, Abe "Kid Twist" Reles and the Shapiro Brothers. On September 30, 1935, Amberg was murdered alongside associate Morris Kessler. The pair were ambushed in a Brownsville, Brooklyn auto repair garage and, after being ordered to line up against the wall, were gunned down by members of Murder, Inc.[1][2][3]

Joseph C. Amberg
DiedSeptember 30, 1935(1935-09-30) (aged 42–43)
Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City
Burial placeMontefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York City
RelativesHyman Amberg, Louis "Pretty" Amberg


  1. ^ "Gangsters Kill 2 Lined Up at Wall; Enemies Trap Joseph Amberg, Racketeer, and His Chauffeur in Brooklyn Garage" (PDF). The New York Times. October 1, 1935. p. 24.(subscription required)
  2. ^ "Slain Gangsters Buried. Police Find Car Used by Killers of Amberg and Chauffeur" (PDF). The New York Times. October 2, 1935. p. 24.(subscription required)
  3. ^ "The Trail of the Dead" featuring Capt. John J. McGowan, Homicide Bureau, Brooklyn. American Detective, Feb. 1936, p.10.

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