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Monday, June 23, 2014

Bumped with care

Ninety years ago today the body of Thomas Boyle, member of the "Gold Coast" gang, was found in a ditch in Philadelphia. Unlike most gangland victims who are nonchalantly tossed from a moving auto, Thomas was laid out with a folded blanket under his head and a daisy placed in this hand. 

Boyle had been arrested for his part in a $20,000 jewelry theft at an Atlantic City hotel and was out on bail at the time of the murder. A year or so earlier a friend of his, Dutch McClaren, was found in the same area, also with his head resting on a folded blanket, but instead of a daisy, Dutch was clutching a bouquet of weeds. Guess Tommy ranked better.


John DuMond said...

Tommy got the Silver Package. Dutch only got the Bronze. (The Gold Package comes with a dozen roses and a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos.)

Pat Downey said...

Those boys in Philly really know how to send a fellow off.

realtorleona said...

Just think 100 years earlier criminals were publicly displayed with pennies over their eyes. Progress.

Pat Downey said...

Pennies eh, time to break out the metal detector.