During the course of
his mob career, Diamond was shot on many occasions, receiving hospital
treatment and recovering each time, earning the nickname "Clay
In April 1931, near Catskill, New York, Diamond
and colleagues hijacked a truck with applejack liquor driven by Gordon Parks,
whom they kidnapped and tortured. Parks survived and managed to reach the
police. Diamond was arrested for the attack but later was acquitted in a
Diamond celebrated his acquittal days later
with Roberts and returned drunk to his Albany residence. Early that morning, on
December 18, 1931, Diamond was shot and killed. The mystery remains as to who
was behind the killing. Biographer William Kennedy speculated that Diamond was
taken out by Albany police via an order from political leader Dan O'Connell.
Others say rival gangsters were behind the murder. Diamond's widow was also
found murdered in her home a year and a half later.
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