A Gallery Of Mob Funerals


1932

A mobster’s family and his friends will spare no expense on his final day above ground. When Joe “the Boss” Masseria was gunned down in 1931, his casket cost $15,000:

joe-masseria

In contrast, when Mad Dog Coll was rubbed out the following year in 1932 in a Manhattan phone booth, hardly anyone attended his funeral. Mad Dog was not well liked for he was a kidnapping-for-ransom and extortion thug. He also shot up a sidewalk full of children in 1931 while attempting to kill another gangster. This incident became known as the “Harlem Baby Massacre”. A dozen people showed up in the mud for Mad Dog’s burial. The writer casts it as a spooky scene, almost:

mad-dog1932

And here is the promised gallery – many a rogue’s final day on Earth:

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