The killing of Jack “The Hat” McVitie

October 28, 1967 Stoke Newington, London, England Jack “The Hat” McVitie is stabbed to death McVitie earned the nickname The Hat by rarely being seen without his signature trilby. In his mid-30s at the time of his death, McVitie had a far-receding hairline which may have prompted him to constantly keep his head covered. McVitie…

Chicago gangster Hymie Weiss killed in hit

October 11, 1926 Chicago, Illinois Gangster Hymie Weiss (born Henry Earl J. Wojciechowski) is killed in a gangland hit Weiss, sometimes called “the only man Al Capone feared,” was with Sam Peller (his bodyguard), Paddy Murray (another gangster), William O’Brien (an attorney), and Benjamin Jacobs (an investigator working for O’Brien) when two men shot at…

Sheriff kills two gangsters after they kill rival

August 12, 1933 Kansas City, Missouri Gangsters Sam Scola and Gus Fasone are shot and killed after a sheriff happened upon the two shooting bootlegger and rival mobster Ferris Anthon The group was involved with a gangland dispute when Sheriff Thomas Bash noticed the confrontation and remarked to his companions “it looks like we’re running…

Crime boss Frankie Yale murdered

July 1, 1928 Brooklyn, New York Crime boss Frankie Yale (born Francesco Ioele) is murdered as he drives home Directly before his death, Yale received a phone from an anonymous caller claiming Yale’s wife, Lucy, was in trouble. Yale rushed home in his new car which had been outfitted with armored plating. It did not,…