One of the most active and notorious racketeers in his day was Ruby Lazarus.
He was an “on record” associate of the Genovese Family through his longtime partnership with Harlem-based caporegime Anthony (Fat Tony) Salerno and his contemporary, the Florida-based capo Vincent (Jimmy Blue Eyes) Alo.
Lazarus was most often identified by both local and federal authorities as a large-scale bookmaker who accepted bets on both horse races and sporting events.
He was a major underworld player which was clearly evidenced by the fact that, over the years, he was tied into numerous probes that spanned the entire country, including the mysterious disappearance and presumed murder of another top New York City bookie.
Continue reading to learn more about the life of notorious racketeer Rubin (Ruby) Lazarus.