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
4 thoughts on “this day in crime history: february 8, 1932”
Reblogged this on Brittius.
Mad Dog is a great name! It lets people know you’re not there to fool around.
Reblogged this on Damaged Skull Writer and commented:
Mad Dog Gets Mowed Down
‘Death by natural causes”…lol.
Yeah, that says it ALL in this case.
Yeah, those old time “distance” calls could be the death of you (if you didn’t have correct change).
Roll safe out there.