Illinois

Crime syndicate boss’s body found 4 months after disappearance

March 14, 1981 Chicago, Illinois The body of William “Butch” Petrocelli (43, pictured) is found Petrocelli, a crime syndicate boss at the time of his death, went missing on December 30, 1980. His body was found nearly 4 months later, decomposing in the backseat of a parked car. Petrocelli had paper stuffed in his mouth… Continue reading Crime syndicate boss’s body found 4 months after disappearance

Crime Scene Photography · Missouri · unsolved

Unsolved: Gangster killed in car by machine gun

February 17, 1943 St. Louis, Missouri Politician, plumber, and gangster William “Dinty” Colbeck is killed by machine gun fire Colbeck led a group of gangsters called “Egan’s Rats,” specializing in robberies, bootlegging, and pin-ball (at the time, pinball was illegal and used as a form of gambling). The group was founded by Constable William T.… Continue reading Unsolved: Gangster killed in car by machine gun