this day in crime history: february 8, 1932

On this date in 1932, bootlegger, kidnapper, and hitman Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll was gunned down (this would constitute “death by natural causes” in Coll’s line of work) in a drug store phone booth. Legend has it that he was on the phone with Hell’s Kitchen mob boss Owney Madden, and that Madden kept Coll on the phone until the shooter–possibly working with Dutch Schultz–could get in place. The shooter put enough lead into Coll to kill a whole pack of mad dogs. Fifteen bullets were recovered from Coll’s body. A bunch more went right through him. “Can you here me now?”

Wikipedia article on Coll

Vincent Mad Dog Coll’s grave

Gangster City website – Photo of the phone booth where Coll was gunned down

Gangster City, by Patrick Downey

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