Friday, February 7, 2020

'Trunk music': The Chicago mob

The term 'trunk music' is mob code for the gurgling sound emitted by a dead body that has been stashed in a car trunk for too long. Chicago bookmaker Hal Smith became "trunk music" 35 years ago.

Smith, 48, had been warned by the boss of the Outfit's north suburban gambling operations Salvatore "Solly D" DeLaurentis. He had told Smith that if he didn't start paying the Outfit a $6,000 per month share of his sports book profits, he would live to regret it.