Not since the Dalton Brothers were shot to pieces in Coffeyville, Kansas have three siblings fell so fast before an enemies gun until the Lawlor brothers caught lead on this date back in 1930 . The Lawlors were not trying to rob a bank when they were shot down however, not that they were above banditry, the brothers all had police records and were not unknown to prison, but they in fact were toiling in the Hells Kitchen speakeasy owned by their brother in-law Bartley Cronin when the end came.
Twenty-three year old Lawrence was behind the bar when
gangster in training David Beadle entered the tavern and began waving a
pistol around. Knowing the violent history of the Lawlor Brothers, the
customers began to inch their way to the door as Lawrence hollered at twenty-two year old Beadle. Beadle began gloating about his
toughness, which only enraged Lawrence who came out from behind the bar
and went for the gunman.
Beadle pointed his gun at Lawrence’s
heart and pulled the trigger. Lawrence dropped in the doorway separating
the bar and the back room. Hearing the shot, brothers Michael and
William came out of the rear room and, seeing their prostrate brother,
jumped over him and rushed Beadle who quickly fired off another
fusillade. Three of the bullets found their mark, Michael was hit in
both the head and chest and William was critically wounded in the
stomach. Beadle quickly exited but was later picked up by the police.
was dead before the authorities arrived and Michael, age thirty, died
at the hospital. Thirty-three year old William eventually recovered.