The Greenlease Kidnapping
The 38-Hour Binge
The kidnappers brief, booze binge with the loot makes it all the more remarkable that this pair of staggering drunks managed to pull off a kidnapping and murder, then extract a record ransom.
They arrived in
Hall and Heady left the car at the Sportsmans, hoisted the conspicuous duffel into a cab and headed downtown to find a shop where they could buy more discreet luggage. While Heady drank
They took a cab back to the Sportsmans, drove the Ford into a nearby alley and transferred the cash from the duffel into the new luggage, then drove to the Hi-Nabor Bar on Wyoming Street for more whiskey. It was the third bar they had visited in
They abandoned the rented Ford and took yet another cab to yet another saloon,
At about the couple rented a cheap furnished apartment at
Although she couldnt see straight, Heady was not satisfied with the accommodations. She demanded to know why they were staying in a dive now that they were rich. Hall ended the discussion with a left cross to her kisser.
She passed out on the bed.
Hall went back out, drove the Studebaker a mile away, abandoned it and flagged down a cab, which dropped him at the Old Shillelagh Bar on
The cabbie dropped him at the Squeeze Box bar, down the street from the Old Shillelagh. He had whiskey there, then took a cab to Brownies Tavern for more of the same. When he finally returned to the flat Heady was still asleep.
He left $2,000 in ransom money beside a note: Had to move bags in a hurry as report came in on radio Girl next door looked funny Couldnt wake you Stay here and Ill call when I can.
He got in a cab with his ransom money and headed downtown, where, at about , he hooked up with one more hack, Johnny Hager, who doubled as a one-girl pimp.
Hall introduced himself as Steve Strand. He put five crisp $20 bills in Hagers palm and asked him to find a hooker.
As the cabbie would later say, I said to myself, What a fare Ive got here. I decided I was going to stick with this guy.
Hagers girl, a big-boned blonde named Sandy ODay, was in the cab within half an hour. The three stopped at McNamees Bar on
Hall rented room number 49A and dragged his luggage inside. He put $200 on the bed for ODay, then counted out $2,500 and asked Hager to buy him a shirt, socks and underwear. Hager split at to give the couple privacy, but ODay later said Hall was physically incapable of sex owing to drunkenness.
Hager returned at Hall donned his new clothes. He wanted to stay in the room and drink, but ODay insisted on dinner. They went down the road to the Harbor Inn, where ODay and Hager ate while Hall drank.
Hager dropped his client and hooker at the