ALBANY, N.Y. Joseph Mad Dog Sullivan, a former orderly crime strike male suspected of carrying out some-more than 20 killings and a usually invalid to shun from New Yorks Attica prison, has died, officials pronounced Friday.
The 78-year-old convicted host agreement torpedo died of healthy causes Jun 9 during Fishkill Correctional Facility in a Hudson Valley, 55 miles north of New York City, according to jail officials and a Dutchess County medical examiner. The specific means of genocide hasnt been determined, Chief Medical Examiner Dennis Chute said.
Sullivan, a New York City internal and son of a city military officer, was portion 87 years to life in jail after being convicted of 3 murders, including dual on Long Island and a sharpened of a Teamsters personality outward a suburban Rochester grill in 1981. Chute pronounced Sullivan had been certified to a prisons long-term caring hospice before he died.
Sullivan was a usually invalid to shun from Attica, a maximum-security jail in western New York, where he was portion time for murdering a father of 8 children during a bar quarrel in Queens in 1965, jail officials said.
In Apr 1971, he buried himself underneath a raise of dull flour bags in a behind of a lorry withdrawal a prison. He was held 6 weeks after in Manhattan and was returned to prison.
After being paroled in 1975, he headed downstate, where he built a repute as a veteran strike man. Authorities suspected he carried out between 20 and 30 strike killings for orderly crime in a New York City area.
He was an old-school tough guy, crime author T.J. English, who had interviewed Sullivan in prison, told a Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester. He had a gravelly voice. He sounded like something out of an aged Jimmy Cagney movie.
In Dec 1981, authorities say, Sullivan was hired by dual orderly crime total inextricable in a Rochester areas host wars during a time. Sullivan allegedly used a shotgun to kill John Fiorino, a Teamsters vice-president with ties to a internal mob, as he pulled into a grill parking lot.
When then-Irondequoit Police Officer Michael DiGiovanni came on Sullivans automobile after it had run a red light and swerved off a road, a strike male emerged and non-stop fire, narrowly blank a cop.
I kicked open my automobile doorway and as we came out he was banishment during me, DiGiovanni, now a lieutenant, told a Rochester newspaper.
DiGiovanni returned glow and bleeding Sullivan, who fled on feet and managed to evade police.
Sullivan was prisoner dual months after during a suburban Rochester motel when he returned to a area to get a residue of his remuneration for a killing, authorities say. He was convicted of a Fiorino slaying and dual others in Suffolk County, and was sent to jail in Nov 1982.