Eighty five years ago today marks the exit of one Peter "Ash Can Pete" Inserio from the Chicago underworld. Now before you go making assumptions about Pete's hygiene please know that he was known as Ash Can Pete because he was proprietor of the Ash Can club. Now if you would like to make assumptions about a drinking hole called the Ash Can, go ahead. Others possibly did because Pete changed the name to the Idle Hour club by this date in 1930.
So here we have Ash Can Pete, (Perhaps if he lived longer he would have
become Idle Hour Pete, we'll never know) Sitting outside his club when
somebody(ies) came up and fired six bullets into him. Police arrived and
Pete was still kicking. They took him to the hospital and along the way
asked who it was who shot him. "I don't know," said Pete, "but they did
a good job." and so they did, Pete died a short time later.
When asked for a motive the police stated that Pete had recently aligned
himself with the Moran-Aiello gang. They, by the way, were Al Capone's
top enemies. If true, not a good move on Pete's part.