Vintage Photograph of New York Gangster William 'Bill the Butcher' Poole Circa 1855

William "Bill the Butcher" Poole, New York gangster, ca. 1855
William "Bill the Butcher" Poole, New York gangster, ca. 1855
Photo: OldSchoolCool

William Poole, a.k.a Bill the Butcher, was one of the most notorious gangsters in all of New York history. He was founder of the Bowery Boys street gang that ruled the Five Points in the 1840s and 1850s. He was famously portrayed by actor Daniel Day-Lewis in the 2002 Martin Scorsese movie Gangs of New York and died at the "old-age" of 33 after being shot in the heart. This vintage photograph shows Bill the Butcher around 1855.

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