It's about time they made a movie about Irish mobster Danny Greene
“Luck of the Irish,” Greene later quipped.
The partnership with Birns elevated Greene’s underworld profile -- which mostly meant Italian American gangsters were gunning for him, in the ongoing ethnic battle for turf.
In 1971, a rival tried to shoot Greene as he was jogging. Greene returned fire, killing the would-be killer.
Another attempt on Greene’s life followed. Things were further complicated by the fact that Greene had a nasty falling out with Shondor Birns, meaning you were better off asking who did not want to kill Greene, rather than asking who might want him dead.
The feeling that the entire world was after him led Greene to envision himself as a Celtic warrior from ancient times. Hence, the opening of the Celtic Club, following the day, in May of 1975, when his apartment was blown up.
The subsequent mid-1970s gang wars in Cleveland resulted in something like 50 bombings. How did Greene survive?
Well, it did not hurt that Greene was working as an informant for the FBI, which was willing to tell him about plots against him, so long as Greene gave them information about his rivals.
In October of 1977, Greene was returning from an appointment with the dentist when his car exploded. He was killed instantly.
Not for nothing was there a famous saying in the Cleveland underworld: “Live by the bomb, die by the bomb.”