FLW: taking it with a smile

Famous Last Words James Cassidy New York December 9, 1920 "Give her the gas, kid. I'm taking it with a smile." Cassidy and three others were executed in the electric chair for the robbery and murder of Bronx station attendant Otto Fiala, though one member of the group, Joseph Milano, confessed he alone was responsible…

“The Beetle”‘s murder

December 9, 1932 New York David "The Beetle" Beadle is shot as he leaves a restaurant Beadle had been involved in crime since at least his late teens. On December 9, Beadle, his wife, his brother, and their wives had been out dancing when Beadle stopped by a restaurant for a glass of water to…

Murder of a journalist

December 9, 1935 Minneapolis, Minnesota Walter Liggett is shot to death in front of his wife and children Liggett was a journalist crusading against corrupt politicians and organized crime. On December 9, with his wife and children in a car mere inches away, he was gunned down by a Thompson submachine gun, sometimes referred to…