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Mob Murders: Why in Restaurants?


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Talking to a REAL federal cop about "The Godfather" and all the things I hate/love about it. Asked him about the scene where Michael clips the heroin kingpin and Sterling Hayden.

"You understand, that was pretty realistic," he stated. "There's a reason for a restaurant hit."

I asked him to elucidate.

"At the very moment a waiter places the main dish in front of the eater, all the victim's senses are focused on that plate," he said. "The eater is absolutely defenseless. Try it on yourself next time you eat in a restaurant."

"Barber chair is good for that, too."

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Well, it's certainly true that a lot of hits have happened in restaurants. There was one, infamous place in Philadelphia, where so many mob members were hit, the joke was the maitre'd greeted the patrons with "Seating in shooting or non-shooting section?"

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Maybe the mobsters should take a tip from prey animals. They are ever alert (or have sentries) when they are eating. Even at the water hole, they tend to be skittish and nervous, as that is where many predators come to ambush them. The reason ambushes are successful is because of the usually denser plant cover along the river (gallery forests).

 

But that scene in THE GODFATHER had the mobsters and crooked cops taking precautions. They didn't expect Michael to have a gun hidden after he'd been frisked. Plus he didn't have that reputation at that time. But had they been antelopes, with egrets nearby, or oxpeckers on their backs, or a family of baboons roaming about, they could have had an effective warning system.

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I have read that restaurants are a good location because a target is likely to stay for a length of time. In any other place they might remember an appointment or suddenly decide they need to go see someone but it is general nature that a person picks an open time in their schedule to go to a restaurant and once they have placed their order they are unlikely to leave even if someone calls for them. Having the target on location for an extended time allows for last-minute scouting and preparation of weapons in an unhurried manner.

 

It is also a good location because potential witnesses will be intent on their own meals and companions to the point of mentally blocking out all others around them until the shooting starts and when the shooting does start the normal reaction is to seek safety and to not come up until the danger has passed.

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Off-topic, yes, but how do you know a restaurant is clean, especially the kitchen?

Talking to a local health inspector, she said a restaurant will always be just as clean -- or dirty -- as the front door.

"People always think the restrooms are a 'tell' and they are, but by the time you check the bathrooms, it's too late...you're trapped."

If the front door of the restaurant is dirty and broken, do not eat there; the kitchen will also be filthy. That's what health inspectors understand.

 

Edited by: Ascotrudgeracer on Apr 29, 2011 11:02 PM

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Which reminds me, I was at the Park Sheraton Hotel in the '50s when Albert Anastasia got rubbed out while in the barber shop chair. The barber shop had an entrance from the lobby & had a big window facing 7th Avenue. Blood all over the place...major excitement...

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