Barnet Baff

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Barnet Baff (died November 24, 1914)[1] was a poultry dealer in New York City who was murdered by organized crime that represented the "poultry trust" in New York that extorted $10 per truckload of poultry from merchants.[2][3] His death led to an investigation of organized crime in New York City and led to the resignation of Captain John McClintock.[2]


  1. ^ "Baff Names Men Who Killed Father", New York Times, November 27, 1914.
  2. ^ a b Mike Dash (2009). The First Family: Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder, and the Birth of the .. Random House. ISBN 1-58836-863-7. The chicken racket in West Washington Market, which cost Barnet Baff his life, was estimated to be worth at least one hundred thousand dollars a year, and a few years later the artichoke racket—a major source of income for Italian gangs ... 
  3. ^ Theodore Dreiser (1920). Hey rub-a-dub-dub: a book of the mystery and wonder and terror of life. One Barnet Baff, wholesale chicken merchant in New York City, was murdered because he would not enter upon a scheme with other chicken-wholesalers to fix prices and extort a higher profit from the public. Secondary executors, but not primary instigators or murderers, were caught and electrocuted.