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Harry. Abraham knew of his son Arnold's insecurities, of the jealousy, even the hatred Arnold felt for his older brother. "You are our son," he said. " "It's a lie," Arnold shot back. "If she loved me, she wouldn't leave me. " Harry. Esther Rothstein had left for San Francisco, her first visit home since her marriage, the first since her father's death. She took with her, her oldest son, Harry, and Edith, the baby of the family. She left behind Arnold and his younger brother Edgar. Many a five-year-old has reacted as Arnold Rothstein did that night: a flare-up, a temper tantrum that would pass.

Arnold Rothstein-son of "Abraham the Just"-progressed from troubled, jealous child to rebellious, irreligious youth to being part of this sordid universe. And if Arnold Rothstein was drawn magnetically to this world of gamblers, violence, and vice as a teenager, it would prove to be magnetically drawn to him. The toughs of the Bowery, the gamblers and saloon keepers of the Lower East Side, the dope peddlers of Chinatown recognized that the youth provided qualities they lacked so badly: brains, daring, and, yes, even classan understated, soft-spoken manner that coated old crimes with the veneer of old gentility.

INEZ NORTON. '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. 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. R. tried to befriend, but failed. FRANKLIN D.

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