On this date back in 1929 a man was walking in a field near what was known as the Somerville-Clinton Highway in Whitehouse, New Jersey when he saw what he thought to be a pile of clothes near a clump of pine trees. [Long time readers of DGIS have probably already figured out what it was]. Investigating, he made the grisly discovery that it was a frozen DGIS who had been shot in the left temple three times.
identified the dead man as Frank "Blubber" Devlin and figured that he
had been "taken for a ride" roughly forty-eight hours earlier. The
condition of his pants and coat showed that he had been dumped from a
car and dragged to his resting spot by the pine trees.
Diamond was credited with killing Devlin although it was never proved.
Revenge was given as the reason because Devlin, supposedly on orders
from Arnold Rothstein, was sent to Denver, Colorado with fellow
gangsters Eugene Moran and Joe Piteo, to kill Legs' brother Eddie who
was convalescing there with a case of tuberculosis. [Moran and Piteo were
definitely on the hit team. There was a third man but as of yet he
hasn't been positively identified]
Devlin had an
extensive record dating back to the September 6,1921 murder of Walter
Vogel with whom he shot it out with at the Transfer saloon. Since that
time police said that he had been involved with Owney Madden's gang as
well as keeping busy as a robber. When he left his home for the last
time on February 6, he had three indictments against him from the
previous year, one for assault and robbery, one for robbery and one
for grand larceny. Where he was going that February 6, is unknown
but after he said good-bye to his mother and brother he went to the
bank, withdrew $1000 and disappeared.