Queen and Victoria/Then and Now
Looking west from Victoria twice. The mid 1960’s and the mid 70’s.
The Town was the site of a famous gangland beating in 1961.
Johnny Papalia was the Buffalo crime family capo in charge of all Southern Ontario operations and Johnny had been trying to acquire a piece of the highly lucrative gambling operations of independent Toronto gambler, Maxwell “Maxie Bluestein” Baker who controlled the top betting operation in Toronto which took in $30,000 a day in bets.
Johnny gave Maxie Bluestein an ultimatum after trying to negotiate with him for months and on March 21, 1961 in the Town Tavern in downtown Toronto, Johnny and two of his associates severely beat Bluestein. Brass knuckles, iron bars and baseball bats fly, a broken bottle stuffed in his mouth. Mr. Bluestein is beaten nearly to death.