See also: 1927 in organized crime, other events of 1928, 1929 in organized crime and the list of 'years in organized crime'.
Louis R. Elfman, a former lieutenant of Philadelphia bootlegger Maxie "Boo-Boo" Hoff, becomes a government witness.
Cleveland, Ohio bootlegger Joseph Galbo is convicted of bribery and sent to prison. April 21 -
Illinois gangster Charles Birger is executed for the ordered murder of West City, Illinois Mayor Joe Adams. June 14- Mafia associate
Samuel Stein is charged with killing Kansas City police officer James Smith.  June 26 -
Timothy D. "Big Tim" Murphy is gunned down by assassins as he answered the door at his Chicago home. July 25 -
Salvatore Canale, an associate of Chicago mobster Joe Aiello, is killed outside his home in Chicago. September 7 -
Unione Siciliane President Antonio Lombardo, an advisor to mob boss Al Capone, is killed by several unidentified gunmen. October 10 -
Salvatore "Toto" D'Aquila, founder of the present day Gambino crime family and reportedly held the title of " (or "boss of all bosses"), is shot and killed by unidentified gunmen. He is succeeded by capo di tutti capi" Alfred "Al Mineo" Manfredi. November 4 - Mob financier
Arnold Rothstein is shot by an unidentified gunman while at Manhattan's Park-Central Hotel and dies of his wounds at the Polyclinic Hospital the following day. Rothstein's murder would be attributed to his refusal to pay a $320,000 gambling debt from a three-day poker. Rothstein had refused to pay because he said the game was dishonest. George "Hump" McManus, a participant in the game, would be arrested for Rothstein's murder, but later acquitted due to lack of evidence. December 5 - In a meeting known as the
Cleveland Conference, over 20 mobsters are arrested while staying at a Cleveland hotel, including Cleveland, Ohio bootlegger Philip Bacino and New York bootlegger Vince Mangano. Of those in attendance, future mob boss Joe Profaci and mobster Joseph Magliocco, would attend the 1957 Apalachin Conference in New York.
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