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Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fool


Who says gangsters don't have a sense of humor. On April fools day back in 1910 John Lewis, known as Spanish Louis to the underworld and probably to some members of the upper world as well, was walking down Second Avenue when somebody came up and said a couple of pals wanted to see him around the corner. Thats the sort of thing that happens in the gangster biz, friends hide in doorways and what not, anyway, Louis nodded thanks and went around the corner but SURPRISE it weren't friends at all but gangsters sent to kill him. Louis caught on to the gag at the last moment as he was pulling out his gun when a bullet pierced his head.

2 comments:

Cullen Gallagher said...

Do you do any sort of vintage gangster-themed walking tours in NYC? It would be fun to visit these landmarks in person!

Pat Downey said...

I'll take a group out every once in a while. I've done the East Village a handful of times. Chinatown. I was putting one together for Chelsea to possibly coincide with my Legs Diamond book. So maybe this spring.