Talk:Hymie Weiss

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Talking of good Polish names: It is extremely unlikely i.m.h.o. that Weiss was born "Henry Earl." The Polish version of "Henry" is "Henryk", which was likely the name that was given to him. As for "Earl"... Earl is an English name and I find it hard to believe that Weiss received this name in Poland when he was born. But then again, anything is possible. There is no Polish version of the name Earl.

It would also be nice if someone would discover what Weiss' initial "J" stood for.


Is he half Polish-Catholic and half Jewish? Informationguy

No, he is just Polish. He just changed his name to a very Jewish sounding one. JackO'Lantern 01:48, 1 March 2006 (UTC) I believe he was one half Polish and one half German. Also, I've understood that he was born in NYC. His nickname "Hymie" is certainly Jewish sounding but he was not Jewish. Hymie was coined by members of the Chicago press corps for unknown reasons. Wojciechowski is good Polish name and Weiss is an old and common German name. Weiss was his mother's name.


Is his nickname derivative of the racial slur against Jewish people (besides Weiss not being Jewish)? If so, perhaps it should be noted in the article. 20:49, 31 July 2007 (UTC)

Also, could his name be the inspiration for the name of character "Hyman Roth" from "The Godfather, part II" (who himself was modelled after Meyer Lansky, however)? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:34, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

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BetacommandBot (talk) 04:50, 21 January 2008 (UTC)


He was gunned through his bedroom window. Everyone knows that. - (talk) 04:49, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

Health (? "arterial cancer")[edit]

The article states that Weiss suffered from "arterial cancer". As an internist, let me say that such an entity doesn't exist (the closest possibility to a so-called "arterial cancer" is probably a hemangiosarcoma which is very rare and would, in any case, not explain his symptoms (nor, I'm sure, could it even be diagnosed reliably in the 1920's).

Blinding headaches, dizzy spells, and fainting spells might reflect that he suffered from migraines. More intriguingly, and retaining at least some connection to the phrase "arterial cancer", would be the diagnosis of pheochromocytoma. A pheochromocytoma is a usually benign tumor of the adrenal gland characterized by paroxysms of high blood pressure often associated with headache, tremor, and sweating. Weiss's symptoms are entirely consistent with that disorder.

I suggest that "arterial cancer" be eliminated and we stick with simply listing his three symptoms (and, possibly, in brackets following them, insert ?pheochromocytoma).


Gaussgauss (talk) 22:02, 5 March 2010 (UTC)