Son of Irish mobster falls to death

THE son of murdered Irish mobster Mickey Spillane has fallen to his death out the window of his sixth-floor New York apartment, police and his uncle said.

Robert “Bobby” Spillane, an actor who had roles on television’s Rescue Me and Law & Order, fell from his Midtown Manhattan apartment in the Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood near Times Square, where his father — not to be confused with the pulp fiction writer of the same name — had run rackets in the 1960s and 1970s.

No foul play was suspected in Bobby Spillane’s death.

Jim McManus, Spillane’s uncle and a long-time neighbourhood power broker, called his death a “terribly sad accident”.

“He was the nicest kid in the world,” said McManus, who is a district leader of the McManus Midtown Democratic Association, a political club. “He helped everyone.”

Spillane, with an arm in a sling, had leaned on the screen of an open window to call out to his brother Michael, who was on a street below, McManus said.

The screen collapsed and Bobby Spillane fell.

Spillane was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Spillane’s father, revered as the “gentleman gangster”, was gunned down in 1977 by the rival “Westies,” the Hell’s Kitchen Irish mob.

A few years ago Spillane drew on the lore from his father’s time to write an Off-Broadway play called All Dolled Up, about a cross-dressing gangster in the 1960s.


Lifestyle

It turns out 40 is no longer the new 30 – a new study says 47 is the age of peak unhappiness. The mid-life crisis is all too real, writes Antoinette Tyrrell.A midlife revolution: A new study says 47 is the age of peak unhappiness

More From The Irish Examiner