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The murder trust of Mike Malloy: the strange tale of an insurance scam and a man who refused to die

In an uncaring city, Malloy felt he had lucked upon a home in Mermaid's. Unfortunately for him, the owner didn't just run a speakeasy—he was also a killer

By Giles Brody  

Like many Irishmen, Mike Malloy set sail for America from Donegal at the beginning of the 20th century seeking a better life. After traversing the Atlantic, he initially found work as a New York City firefighter, before the Wall Street crash of 1929 plunged the nation into chaos leaving millions unemployed and homeless.

Malloy performed a variety of jobs to keep himself afloat, and adequately hydrated, during these dark days. His favourite drinking spot was Mermaid Speakeasy in the Bronx. Mermaids’ proprietor Tony Marino even…

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