Chicago gangster Ted Newberry says: "He must have done something. They don't kill you for nothing." Ted was rubbed out on January 7, 1933

Arrest of Francis 'Two Gun' Crowley

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Monday, January 5, 2009

# 1

The distinction of being the first gangland victim of 1931 went to twenty-four year old Thomas Diorio. He had been released from the prison at Elmira a few months earlier after having served three years for robbery. Either late in the night of January 5 or the wee hours of the sixth he was taken for a ride and a bullet deposited in his head. A man walking to work would find his body at 5:30 am.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year

I hope you had a pleasant holiday season. I spent the time between Christmas and New Years putting about 700 miles on my car in pursuit of Legs Diamond info. Spent a day in Albany at an archive and didn't remember I only had a donut to eat on the Thru-way on my way out until about 4:00pm. Luckily a local took pity on me and lead me to shelter and victuals. During my excursions I also met a woman whose aunt sold pies to Legs and another whose father used to get candy from him. Hopefully the result of these trips will be between two covers later this year.