Police Chief Westerburg - Orange, Ohio - The Press Gazette March 31, 1975

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Police Chief Westerburg - Orange, Ohio - The Press Gazette March 31, 1975 - Page 2 Monday, March 31, 1975 Hillsboro, O.,...
Page 2 Monday, March 31, 1975 Hillsboro, O., Press Gazette Racketeer Slain, Gang War Seen CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP)-- The blast that tore apart the body of racketeer Alex "Shondor" Biros and hurled it through the roof of his car could be the prelude to a gang war here, police said today. Birns was killed Saturday night when dynamite under the seat of his car exploded moments after he left a west side bar. The car then burst into flames. Officers who declined identification said the bombing may have been part of an underworld move to take over control of numbers operations and prostitution or could have been a settlement by one of the enemies Birns made in what was described as a long life of crime. Bims, 70, had made it a habit to leave a downtown restaurant, the Theatrical, and to arrive at Christy's Lounge at the same hour each weeknight, always parking in the same place at the rear of the lounge. On Saturdays he went to the Silver Quill in suburban Lakewood and then to Christy's, officers said. They said the lot in which he parked at the lounge and in which the explosion occurred was known only to regular patrons of the bar. Three persons were being questioned, officers said, adding that "with a crime of this violent nature, you question everybody you can." One police spokesman said that "nobody in the department has a good idea of what's going on out there. We hear of some friction with some people. It could have been something out of the past. "Birns was dabbling in clearinghouse and booking a little," the spokesman added "He hasn't been bothering anybody and hasn't been pushing anybody around. He's been like a consultant out there, an advisor" Police Chief Louis Westerburg of Orange, where Birns resided, described him as friendly and quiet, adding, "You never really saw Others who knew him tell of the cent Mexican cigars he always and say he was a gentleman in despite tales to the contrary as to private life, tales alleging he was involved in bomb deaths of others the years. "He was a super guy," said "Buddy" Spitz, Theatrical manager. "Whatever his private life was, it wasn't reflected here." Cuyaboga County Common Pleas Judge Harry Jaffe described him as "the most pleasant, sociable guy in world" when seen at the restaurant, adding, "Even my wife liked him." Once described as Cleveland Public Enemy No. 1, Birns was last in l%ft and was sentenced to a Marion Correctional Institution for bribery and witness tampering in connection with a Parma numbers raid. He was released in 1971. His first sentence came in 1925, car theft. Between those years he was repeatedly but seldom convicted. Among his convictions were those income tax evasion in 1954 and for sauH and battery on a Cleveland policeman in 1349 Born in Austria-Hungary in what is Czechoslavakia, he came to Cleveland when be was a year old, never became a citizen. He operated posh restaurants that often were considered the "in" place go, and he was linked to a war over organizing numbers operations on the city's east side attempts to musde in on numbers rackets in Lorain County on the

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