DEAD: Mad Dog Coll

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Mad Dog Coll (aged 23)

American mobster

Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll (born Uinseann Ó Colla, July 20, 1908 – February 7, 1932) was an Irish-Americanmob hitman in the 1920s and early 1930s in New York City. Coll gained notoriety for the alleged accidental killing of a young child during a mob kidnap attempt.

DEATH: It was said that both Dutch Schultz and Owney Madden had put a $50,000 bounty on Vincent Coll’s head. At one point, Schultz had actually walked into a Bronx police station and offered “a house in Westchester” to whoever killed Coll.

On February 1, 1932, four or five gunmen invaded a Bronx apartment which Coll was rumored to frequent and opened fire with pistols and submachine guns. Three people (Coll gangsters Patsy Del Greco and Fiorio Basile and bystander Emily Tanzillo) were killed. Three others were wounded. Coll himself did not show up until 30 minutes after the shooting.

A week after the Bronx shootings, at 12:30 A.M. on February 8, Coll was using a phone booth at a drug store at Eighth Avenue and 23rd Street in Manhattan. He was reportedly talking to Madden, demanding $50,000 from the gangster under the threat of kidnapping his brother-in-law. Madden kept Coll on the line while it was traced. Three men in a dark limousine soon arrived at the drug store. While one waited in the car, two others stepped out. One man waited outside while the other walked inside the store. The gunman told the cashier, “Keep cool, now”, drew a Thompson submachine gun from under his overcoat and opened fire on Coll in the glass phone booth. Coll died instantly. The killers took off in their car. They were chased unsuccessfully up Eighth Avenue by a foot patrolman who had heard the gunshots and commandeered a passing taxi; however, the car got away.

A total of 15 bullets were removed from Coll’s body at the morgue; more may have passed through him. Coll was buried next to his brother Peter at Saint Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx. Dutch Schultz sent a floral wreath bearing a banner with the message, “From the boys”.

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