"He must have done something. They don't kill you for nothing." - Chicago Gangster Ted Newberry. Rubbed out January 7, 1933

Sunday, March 22, 2020

On the Outskirts of Town

On this date in 1932 Chicago hoodlum Otto Fernick, alias Dutch Hill, was found dead in his car on the outskirts of Chicago in the town of Westchester. He was the former chauffeur of recently deceased boss for the Central Teamster and Chauffers union, Timothy Lynch. Police felt that Fernick was bumped off because he started running beer on Chicago's northwest side. Detectives however, felt he was bumped off for his involvement in the union. His record dated back to 1903 when he was arrested for being a pick pocket.

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Otto Fernick aka Dutch Hll

Monday, March 16, 2020

Ohio State v Michigan

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On this date in 1932, a railroad man was walking near the Dixie Highway in Michigan, about a mile and half over the Ohio border when he came upon the body of Toledo gangster, Joseph Lahey. The bootlegger was lying face up with his hands across his chest. He had been shot three times in the head and once in the neck, with a .45. 

Police said that, three days previous, he had hijacked a liquor truck from Cleveland en-route to Toledo. He had been on the spot for a while having dodged two attempts the the previous May. One of which took the life of a confederate named Aaron Harris.

The following year, the Detroit Free Press stated that Lahey was bumped off by Detroit mobster Yonnie Licavoli. Lahey had a total of twelve arrests.

Jimmy Lahey