- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: February 10, 1998
In the heyday of organized crime he was one of its most powerful figures. While he avoided the spotlight his colleagues often sought, his death made headlines nationwide. Names like Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano and Frank Costello were on everybody's lips in the Roaring Twenties, but Louis Lepke preferred the shadows to the spotlight. There, he built a racketeering network second to none.
BIOGRAPHY® uses extensive archival footage, period accounts and modern interviews to probe Lepke's life, from his hardscrabble childhood to his much-publicized death. Authors Robert Rockaway (But He Was Good to his Mother) and Albert Fried (The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Gangster) trace his extraordinary criminal career, while reporter Gilbert Millstein, who covered the case for the New York Daily News recalls his execution. And friends like Donald Wetzel, who served time with Lepke, offer a picture of the private side of the mild-mannered man who happened to be a criminal kingpin.