Harry Strauss
Harry Strauss
Biographical Information
Aliases Pittsburgh Phil, Pep
Gender Male
Born July 28, 1907
Died June 12, 1941
Sing, Sing, New York City
Affiliation Murder, Inc.
Title(s) Assassin

Harry "Pittsburgh Phil" Strauss was a contract killer for Murder, Inc.


Harry Pittsburgh Strauss

Harry Strauss artwork.

He was one of the two guardians of the Ambrosini Tower along with Jack Diamond.

Most of his associates called him "Pep". In the 1930s, he was committing assaults, larcenies, and drug dealing. He was arrested 18 times but was never convicted until he was found guilty of the homicide that sent him and fellow Murder, Inc. hitman Martin "Bugsy" Goldstein to the electric chair. After hitman Abe "Kid Twist" Reles turned informant, Strauss was arrested for the murder of Irving "Puggy" Feinstein, and at least five other known murders. Strauss tried to avoid conviction by feigning insanity in the courtroom and on death row. He was executed by electrocution using Sing Sing's Old Sparky on June 12, 1941.

Personality and traitsEdit

He purportedly killed over one hundred men using a variety of methods, including: shooting, stabbing with ice picks, drowning, live burial, and strangulation. Strauss never carried a weapon in case the local police picked him up on suspicion. He would scout his murder spot, for any tool handy that would do the job.

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