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

Illinois · unsolved

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… Continue reading Chicago’s “Shotgun Man”’s final known victim

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

Crime Scene Photography · New York · Newspaper clippings

Vintage crime scene photography: gangster Dominick Didato murdered

August 6, 1936 Manhattan, New York Gangster, gambler, and bookie Dominick Didato (alias Terry Burns) is shot outside a restaurant The investigators believed gangland vengeance was to blame for Didato's murder; Didato was one of 4 killings in 3 weeks to have some connection to the criminal underworld. According to the Daily News (Aug. 7,… Continue reading Vintage crime scene photography: gangster Dominick Didato murdered

Italy · Political

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.… Continue reading Anti-mafia magistrate assassinated by the Mafia