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, Fiorio Basile, and bystander Emily Torrizello) were killed. Three others were wounded. Mad Dog himself did not show up until thirty minutes after the shooting.
A week after the Bronx shootings, at 12:30 a.m. on February 8, Mad Dog Coll was using a phone booth in the London Chemists drug store at Eighth Avenue and 23rd Street. 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 the call was traced. Three men soon arrived in a dark limousine. While one waited behind the wheel, two others stepped out. One of them waited outside while the other walked inside, told the cashier to "Keep cool, now", drew a Thompson submachine gun from under his overcoat and opened fire on Coll in the glass phone booth. A total of fifteen bullets were dug out of Vincent Coll's body at the morgue; more may have passed through him. The killers were chased unsuccessfully up Eighth Avenue by a foot patrolman who had heard the gunshots and commandeered a passing taxi.
Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll's killers were never definitely identified. Dutch Schultz attorney Dixie Davis later claimed that gangster Bo Weinberg was the getaway driver of the limousine. Another suspect was one of Coll's own men, Edward Popke aka Fats McCarthy. The submachine gun that killed Coll was found a year later in the possession of a Hell's Kitchen gunman named "Tough" Tommy Protheroe, who used it during a 1933 saloon killing. On May 16, 1935, Protheroe and his girlfriend Elizabeth Connors were shot and killed by unknown triggermen in Queens.
Schultz himself sent a wreath to Coll's funeral bearing a banner with the message, "From the boys". Schultz continued to operate his rackets for only a few more years. On October 23, 1935, Schultz was killed at the Palace Chophouse in Newark, New Jersey on orders from the new National Crime Syndicate.
Coll's widow, Lottie, was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon and sentenced to six months. She refused to leave prison following her parole, because she feared the people who had killed her husband would also murder her.
In 1935, Owney Madden, still under police scrutiny for the Coll killing, moved to Arkansas, where he died in 1965.
In popular culture
Vincent Coll has been portrayed in the following films and TV shows:
Clu Gulager in a 1959 episode Vincent 'Mad Dog' Coll of The Untouchables television series.
Richard Gardner in the 1960 film The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond.
Joseph Gallison in the 1961 film Portrait of a Mobster.
Robert Brown in the 1961 two-part episode The Mad Dog Coll Story in the television series The Lawless Years.
John Davis Chandler in the 1961 film Mad Dog Coll.
Uncredited actor in the 1972 film The Valachi Papers.
David Wilson in the 1981 TV series The Gangster Chronicles.
Nicolas Cage in the 1984 film The Cotton Club, playing a character modelled after Coll.
Nicholas Sadler in the 1991 film Mobsters.
Christopher Bradley in the 1992 film Mad Dog Coll and reprised in the 1992 film Hit the Dutchman.
Ogden Nash mentions Coll in his poem A Tale of the Thirteenth Floor.
^ Books Relating to County Donegal, Ireland
^ Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll - MAFIA GANGSTER - Great Donegal People
^ Michael Vengalli Find A Grave
^ Downey, pg. 219
^ "Coll Is Shot Dead in a Phone Booth by Rival Gunmen. Gang Chief Riddled by Machine-Gun Fire in West 23d Street Drug Store. Killers Escape in Chase". New York Times: p. 1. 8 February 1932. Retrieved 2010-11-12. "Vincent Coll, who in the brief space of a few months had attained nationwide notoriety as the most ruthless of New York's killers, was riddled with machine gun bullets and instantly killed early this morning when he was trapped by his enemies in a telephone booth in a drug store at 314 West Twenty-third Street, west of Eighth Avenue. ..."
^ Downey, pg. 290-91
^ "Gangster's Widow Marked for Death". The Border Cities Star. 21 November 1932. p. 10. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
^ "Owney Madden, 73, Ex-Gangster, Dead; Owney Madden, Ex-Racketeer, Dead in Hot Springs at 73" (PDF). New York Times. AP: p. 1. 24 April 1965. Retrieved 2010-11-12.
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Downey, Patrick. Gangster City: The History of the New York Underworld 1900-1935. New Jersey: Barricade Books, 2004. ISBN 1-56980-267-X
English, T. J. Paddy whacked : the untold story of the Irish-American gangster. New York: Regan Books, 2005.
Delap, Brendan. Mad Dog Coll: An Irish Gangster. Dublin: Mercier Press, 1999. ISBN 1-85635-291-9
Gangland.net - Hell's Kitchen Irish Mob: The Westies
Local Boy Makes Bad 'Mad Dog Coll – An Irish Gangster' by Breandán Delap
Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll at Find-A-Grave
Coll gang line-up Gangster City
Immortal Technique Speaking about Ireland
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