CRIME: Jack the Dandy

Jack ("The Dandy") Parisi is a toadlike little man with amazingly large bags under his eyes and an unswerving penchant for flashy clothes. During the big years of New York's Murder, Inc., he made his living by shooting people. But though he finished off a lot of them, most of the details of his life remain obscure. Jack is not a talkative man. "If you hung him up by the thumbs for eight weeks," said a Bronx prosecutor, "he might tell you his first name."

This reticence has not prevented the law from checking...

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