Chicago’s “Shotgun Man”’s final known victim

March 26, 1911 Chicago, Illinois The “Shotgun Man” of Chicago kills his last known victim The Shotgun Man was never positively identified by police though witnesses knew the man by sight. Carrying a sawed-off double-barreled shotgun in broad daylight, the Shotgun Man would confront those who refused to pay the Black Hand, an extortion racket…

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.…

Anti-mafia magistrate assassinated by the Mafia

July 19, 1992 Palermo, Sicily, Italy Anti-mafia magistrate Paolo Borsellino is assassinated by a remote-controlled car bomb In the early evening of July 19, Borsellino arrived at his mother’s apartment building to bring her to a doctor’s appointment. As he and several of his body guards approached the building, a car bomb was detonated remotely.…