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Friday, July 17, 2015

Unholy Toledo

Today in 1931 the body of "Cleveland Beer Baron" Al Jaffee, (not to be confused with Mad Magazine artist Al Jaffee) was found on a lonely Toledo road just south of the Michigan border. He wasn't by himself either. the fellers who bound, gagged and fired a couple of .45 bullets into his head figured they should send him off with a companion and so did the same to his body guard Harry "The Carpenter" Gertzlin.

A couple reasons offered for the offing were that they were trying to muscle in on the Toledo alcohol scene and that they were there to settle a situation regarding the hijacking of one of their liquor trucks. If it was the latter then I doubt they were satisfied with resolution.

*Didn't come up with that one ourselves, it's a title of book about Toledo gangsters.

2 comments:

John DuMond said...

Harry's brother was Larry "The Bodyguard" Gertzlin. Ironically, Larry was a carpenter.

Pat Downey said...

I smell a comedy script...Vinnie Jones is Harry and Chris Kattan is Larry but the bad guys get them mixed up and...it practically writes itself. You're a genius!