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 hear me now?”

Wikipedia – Mad Dog Coll

Find A Grave –  Vincent Mad Dog Coll

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

Gangster City, by Patrick Downey

5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: february 8, 1932

      • With the Italians, investments and banking has been infiltrated as well as select few at the top of governmental agencies, for providing intel. The Italians predominantly low profile, with exception of the devolutionized who believe they are smarter than law enforcement and exhibiting an attitude of bravado. Once arrested, they all, flip. In the 1930s and 1940s the Italian mob was on it’s way up, with intelligent people. Today, it is on it’s way down, with imbeciles.


  1. John D.:
    “Death by natural causes”…LOL.
    That’s a good one.
    Gotta say his childhood was certainly nothing to write home about.
    (and obviously added greatly to his upbringing as a hoodlum)
    They sure did a number of films about him, too.

    Very good story.

    Roll safe out there.


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