New York Gangs Murder Trust and Michael Malloy Part 3

About the New York gang in the 1930s known as Murder Trust and Michael Malloy, survivor of over 30 murder attempts.

THE KILLING OF MICHAEL MALLOY

As Marino's stock of alcohol neared depletion, without achieving the desired result, a sense of urgency infected the Trust. They muttered, and they met to conspire on some new course of action. The bartender Murphy, still filled with chemistry lore, was asked for his advice. He suggested that they cease giving Malloy whiskey and start giving him automobile-radiator antifreeze, which was wood alcohol and poisonous. The vote was unanimous in favor of using antifreeze to guarantee the quick demise of the insured.

Thus began what Bronx District Attorney Samuel J. Foley would call "the most grotesque chain of events in New York criminal history."

The next day, Malloy appeared on schedule for his whiskey. Murphy passed him a few straight shots to soften him up for the lethal potion. Then came the antifreeze. Malloy gulped it down without blinking, smacked his lips, and asked for a refill. A half-dozen shots of antifreeze were downed by Malloy before he passed out, collapsing to the barroom floor at three in the morning. The undertaker Pasqua examined him and announced that his heartbeat could hardly be heard and that he should be dead inside an hour. In an hour, he was still alive, sound asleep on the floor. In three hours, he sat up, got to his feet, apologized for his poor posture, and said he was thirsty.

The Murder Trust was astounded. Its leader, Marino, decided that Murphy had not given their victim enough antifreeze. For another week, day and night, Malloy was poured double and triple shots of antifreeze, enough to kill a battalion. At the end of each daily session he passed out, slept, woke up, and asked for more.

Bewildered, Marino changed the formula. No more antifreeze. From now on Malloy must be given turpentine. The Irishman accepted the turpentine, swallowed glass after glass of it, stumbled out into the night, and the following day bounced back for more of the same.

Soon turpentine was replaced by shots of undiluted horse liniment, sometimes lightened by rat poison. Malloy downed the fluid--and flourished.

Pasqua confided to his colleagues that he had once buried a man who had succumbed after combining raw oysters with whiskey. Marino ordered that the concoction be tried, except with one modification. It was to be tainted raw oysters and wood alcohol. Malloy steeped himself in the raw oysters and wood alcohol and wobbled out of Marino's toward his bed. Pasqua guaranteed that it would be his deathbed. The next afternoon Malloy was back, beaming and ready for seconds.

The mood of the Murder Trust was dark. Frustration led to more creative thinking. Finally Murphy came up with a positive sure thing. If Malloy could be fed some poisoned food from the free lunch tray, that would be certain to do him in. The suggestion was met with enthusiasm. The bartender was told to proceed. Immediately, Murphy opened an old can of sardines and put it outside to spoil. When it smelled foul and contamination was certain, Murphy spread the sardines on a slice of bread, mixed in some carpet tacks, worked in shavings of the sardine can a machine shop had obligingly prepared, laid on another piece of bread, and presented Malloy the sandwich. Delighted with the bartender's generosity, Malloy accepted the sandwich, chomped on it, chewing, swallowing, and finished it all, licking his fingers. Washing it down with a few more drinks of wood alcohol, he felt his way out of the bar and started for home.

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