It was 84-years ago today, a mere week after the bloodbath in the Bronx where some of his gang was decimated [see Feb. 1], that New York City rid itself of Vince "the Mick" Coll, or "Irish" as his contemporaries also called him (It was the press that dubbed him Mad Dog.) after he and an associate entered a drug store on Manhattan's W. 23rd Street.
victim of a double cross, Irish entered a phone booth to make a
prearranged call to underworld powerhouse Owney Madden while his pal
took a seat at the counter. While the Mad Dog and Owney were
conversing, a car containing a hit squad pulled up front. Gunmen hopped
out and covered the store's front door. Coll's pal was allowed to leave as a
machine-gun toting hoodlum made his way back to the phone booths. Finding
the booth containing Coll the gunman lined himself up and blasted the
Mick into gangster history.