|of the most vile|
|Richard Balin (1859 - 1912)|
Balin spent all of his adult life as a sailor, serving in both the U.S. Navy and Merchant Marines. After the General Slocum sank, Balin quit the open seas and opened THE BLUE PARROT night club in Harlem with a few partners. It was a swinging hot spot, which eventually gained popularity with the local mobsters. When they tried to muscle in on the business, Balin refused their “offer”. They killed him, and then torched his club to the ground with his body inside. It was ruled an electrical fire by the local investigators.