Eighty-two years ago this morning the life and times of one John Doyle came to an abrupt end. Known as both Jocko Doyle and Jackie Doyle, he was a career criminal with fourteen arrests and three convictions on his record. The convictions were for burglary and assault, with intent to kill, but it was for moving into the drug trade that police believe he was put on the spot.
At the time of his death Doyle was out on bail
following an arrest in Philadelphia for a hold up. It was also in the
City of Brotherly Love, nine years previous, that Doyle and a partner
named “Big Frank” Watkins were sought for a gangland murder. Police
traced them to a house on the west side and a shoot out
ensued. Watkins was killed and Doyle was arrested but later cleared of
the killing. Philly police also said that Doyle was active in South
Jersey as a beer runner.
The end came at 3:00 am the morning when two gunmen entered the restaurant where Doyle was eating and shot
him seven times. Other then saying that they thought Doyle was stealing
drug customers from established dealers the police didn’t
elaborate on their theory as to why he was killed or who killed him.