William Jackson AKA Action Jackson was an enforcer-loan collector for the Chicago mob during the 50's. A life long criminal, Action was a big man at 300+ pounds, known as a leg breaker that always got his money. Early in 1961, Action Jackson and 5 others were arrested during a heist. The others tried to run off but Action just stood there because he was too fat to run. The FBI questioned Action after the arrest and even asked him to be an informant.
Word spread through the Chicago outfit that Action was indeed working with the FBI. In August of 1961, Action Jackson was lured over to the meat packing district on the south side of Chicago. At this meeting, Action Jackson would meet his demise. He was brutally tortured for 3 days. The details of this hit are as gruesome as one could imagine. The short of the story is, he was hung on a meat hook, beaten, burned, cattle prodded and stabbed. This went on for three days. Action never admitted to being a rat. The fact of the matter is, he wasn't. The FBI later confirmed that Action refused to cooperate.
When Action finally died after three days of torture. He was stuffed in the trunk of his own Cadillac. Yep, it was an Emerald Green 1956 Eldorado Biarritz. The car was driven over to lower Wacker Drive at Wells street and parked there with the windows open and the keys in the ignition. On August 11th of 1961, two police officers discovered the car sitting there with the keys still in it. The awful smell coming from the trunk prompted the officers to check out. The nude brutally beaten body of Action Jackson was discovered. Corners report noted that the body was in the trunk at least 3 days.
This gruesome hit made national news and the picture below was shown on the front page of many newspapers from coast to coast.
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The following picture is unedited and graphic. You have been warned! Click to enlarge it if you choose.
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Editors note: Not many cars can hold a 300 pound man comfortably in the trunk like that and no, this is one Biarritz I don't want to find!