In the early sixties, the barman of the White Horse public house (on Rupert Street, Soho) was a 37 year old Irishman called Paddy O’Keefe, Paddy loved to boast that he was a “crook tamer”, and that he could pacify any aggressive customers just by “staring them in the eye, like a circus-trainer would, to dominate a lion”.
Unfortunately, on the night of 14th June 1964, the White Horse was robbed by 21 year old Larry Winters, who a psychiatrist would later describe in court as “an abnormal man with violent psychotic tenancies”. As Larry Winters rifled the till, seizing £47 pounds, Paddy O’Keefe confronted him, his palms flat on the bar, his back straight and fixed the robber with one of his trademark stares.
Paddy O’Keefe was shot twice; once in the heart, the other through the eye. It is said he was dead before he even hit the floor.
Larry Winters was sentenced to life in prison, with an additional 15 years for attempted murder, six more years for rioting, and another two years for GBH, all whilst still in prison. He died in 1977, of a drug overdose.
Michael J Buchanan-Dunne is a writer, crime historian and tour-guide who runs Murder Mile Walks, a guided tour of Soho’s most notorious (and often forgotten) murder cases, featuring 18 murderers, 3 serial killers, over 21 locations, totalling 75 deaths, over just a one mile walk.
Michael J Buchanan-Dunne is a crime historian, writer and tour guide of Murder Mile Walks.