bowling with Karloff

In the comments section of Sunday’s crime history post about the death of mob hitman Jack McGurn, a couple of astute commenters mentioned the similarity between McGurn’s death and the on-screen demise of fictional Northside gang boss Tom Gaffney in the 1932 gangster classic Scarface. It does make one wonder whether McGurn’s killers were influenced by the movie. There is one crucial difference between the movie and real life: At least Tom Gaffney got some bowling in before they whacked him.

Strike! Poor guy, for all we know he was on his way to the 300 club before they gunned him down. Why couldn’t they let the man finish his game. Mobsters can be so cruel.  😦