On this date in 1933 beer mogul Waxy Gordon was sitting safely in jail waiting for his income tax trial while members of his gang were being thinned out by the Bug & Meyer mob. In the early morning hours of June 2, a car was found in the Bronx containing the body of Abe Durst, a forty- year old associate of the gang leader and later on this night across the river in Passaic, New Jersey, just as patrons were exiting a local theater, a sedan drove down the street and a burst of machine gun fire left Charles Brady, said to be a Gordon associate, dead on the sidewalk. Yes, the good old days when you could go to the local movie palace and see a gangster picture then walk outside and see an actual gangster get sprayed with a tommy gun.
Also on this date in 1915 Owney Madden was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Little Patsy Doyle. If the testimony from his moll wasn't bad enough Owney unwisely took the stand himself and placed the noose that Frieda wove around his neck. After stating that he hadn't learned of Doyle's death until the following day he said that on the night of the murder he and Frieda and Margret Everdeane stayed at a certain place because the latter was afraid the cops would be after her because of the murder. Thought you didn't know about the murder Owney? When his words were served back to him he stood up and started yelling that he wasn't getting fair treatment and was then taken from the courtroom. Guilty!
More on Waxy & Madden can be found in Gangster City.