The Jewish mother who became a crime boss in Gilded Age New York

JL;DR SUMMARY Fredericka Mandelbaum, a Jewish immigrant in 19th-century New York, transitioned from an impoverished street peddler to overseeing America's first major organized crime syndicate, known for fencing stolen goods and masterminding bank burglaries. A way out west there was a fella, fella I want to tell you about, fella by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At least, that was the handle his lovin' parents gave him, but he never had much use for it himself. This Lebowski, he called himself the Dude. Now, Dude, that's a name no one would self-apply where I come from. But then, there was a lot about the Dude that didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. And a lot about where he lived, likewise. But then again, maybe that's why I found the place s'durned innarestin'.

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