Gangster Morris Roisner Biography-1

Morris Roisner:

St. Paul Prohibition Gangster / Bootlegger / Kidnapper

Morris Roisner (1889-1952) was a notorious Twin Cities Prohibition Era bootlegger, kidnapper, and gangster who served three years at Leavenworth Prison for income tax evasion.

St. Paul and Minneapolis were almost in the same league as Chicago in terms of corruption and crime – John Dillinger, Alvin Karpis, Ma Barker, Baby Face Nelson were all part of the Twin Cities crime-and-corruption scene.  “St. Paul in the late 1920s and early 1930s was known as a ‘crooks’ haven’ — a place for gangsters, bank robbers, and bootleggers from all over the Midwest to run their operations or to hide from the FBI.”  

Morris Roisner was a business partner of Louis Gleckmen, who (in cooperation with the St. Paul police), ran a huge bootlegging and slot machine operation, with yearly profits of over $1 million. 

After his release from Leavenworth, Roisner joined a company that sold Wurlitzer juke boxes (and never reported the income...). In 1941, Wurlitzer presented Roisner with a custom 10k gold-filled Elgin money clip, embossed with the Wurlitzer logo; Morris Roisner’s was beautifully engraved for his own personal use.