California · Female Killers

First woman given the death penalty in California murders her abusive husband

March 24, 1934 Burbank, California Nellie May Madison shoots and kills her husband in their home Nellie had been a longtime victim of domestic abuse at the hand of her husband, Eric, before she confronted him with a gun as he lay in bed. He responded to the threat by throwing two of several butcher… Continue reading First woman given the death penalty in California murders her abusive husband

California

Crime boss Ignazio “Jack” Dragna dies at 64

February 23, 1956 Los Angeles, California Ignazio "Jack" Dragna, organized crime boss, dies of a heart attack at 64 Dragna was one of the most successful and least known of the crime bosses, preferring to stay out of the public eye which allowed him to die in prison rather than executed like many other crime… Continue reading Crime boss Ignazio “Jack” Dragna dies at 64

New York

The eventual death of “Iron Mike” Malloy

February 22, 1933 The Bronx, New York “Iron Mike” Malloy is (finally) murdered Malloy was once a firefighter but had fallen on tough times and had become homeless and an alcoholic. In January of 1933, five of his friends — Francis Pasqua (left), Tony Marino (right), Joseph "Red" Murphy, Hershey Green, and Daniel Kriesberg —… Continue reading The eventual death of “Iron Mike” Malloy