Paul Jaworski / A Polish American Gangster From Cleveland Ohio

Paul Jaworski

Paul Jaworski | Polish/American Gangster

Paul Jaworski was a Polish-American gangster born in Poland. He immigrated to the United States in 1905. Although born to Catholic parents, when offered the services of a chaplain before his execution, Jaworski said:

“I preached atheism since the day I quit singing in the choir. A man is yellow if he spends his life believing in nothing and then comes crawling to the church because he is afraid his death is near.”

The First Armored Car Robbery was by Paul Jaworski

Paul Jaworski was the leader of the “Flatheads” gang, who committed the first-ever armored car robbery, on March 11, 1927. The gang stole over $104,000 from an armored vehicle on Bethel Road, 7 miles outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The bandits placed a landmine under the roadbed, and made off with money that was on its way to Coverdale, Pennsylvania for the Pittsburgh Terminal Coal Company. The gang was also known for the payroll robbery of The Detroit News business offices in 1928

Detroit News Payroll Robbery.

On September 13th, 1928, when Paul Jaworski and Frank “Whitey” Kraft were caught in a restaurant, Kraft ran out the back but Jaworski holed up in Chambers Avenue. He was driven out by tear gas and was shot. It was not thought he would survive, but he did so. He had already shot a prison guard while escaping from Pittsburgh, and was said to have killed up to 26 people, including a former gang member who was also a drug addict. Paul Jaworski, rather than see him suffer, threw his body in the river.

Shorty before his execution, Paul Jaworski sent his friends a postcard with his future address – 45 Hellsfire Road, 6/14 miles from Hell.

The Execution of Paul Jaworski

Jaworski was sentenced to death in Pennsylvania on January 2nd, but received a stay of execution, until a sanity evaluation could be completed. Paul Jaworski was executed by electric chair in Pennsylvania for a separate payroll robbery which resulted in a murder. The execution took place on January 21st, 1929.

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