Yes, it was eighty-two years ago today that St. Louis gangsters Harry Mackley and Frank Keller stopped into a Hollywood eatery for their final supper. Whilst the duo broke bread three guys entered and approached their table. Each man drew a gun and emptied it into Mackley and or Keller. The trio of killers then walked out to a waiting auto and made a successful getaway.
Though both men were originally from St. Louis, Harry was known to the
police of New York and New Jersey as the result of some nefarious
activities. It wasn't Harry's first time in Tinsel Town either, he had
been arrested as a suspect in a murder back in 1929.
Both men flew in from St. Louis the week before and checked into one of
the city's premier hotels. They also got in touch with a woman who had
moved there from Kansas City about three years earlier. It was her car
that the men used to drive to the restaurant. Cops traced it back to her
and through her they learned that Mackley and Keller also had an
apartment in town. They checked it out and found $1000 worth of drugs.
That's nearly eighteen grand in today's dollars. So perhaps local drug
dealers wanted them out of the way or maybe, as the police believed, the
murder was retribution from the 1929 killing. Either way, that was a wrap!