The legend of Iron Mike is a true story about 3 gangsters that attempted insurance fraud by taking out a life insurance policy on a drunk homeless man name Mike Malloy. Mike Malloy lived a sad life of begging and being drunk, until one day his life took a turn for the better when a bar owner granted him an unlimited bar tab.
Unfortunately, the unlimited tab was given to him in hopes that he would drink himself to death. The reason for this was because 3 twisted individuals took out a life insurance policy on him, one of them being the bar owner. However, Mike, being the homeless drunk that he was, was rather immune to alcohol. After a few consecutive weeks of drinking his face off for free, he was alive as ever and pretty happy about it.
Wanting to speed up the process, the evil-doers added antifreeze to Mike’s free drinks. After a week of drinking antifreeze, Mike didn’t even get sick. Getting tired of Iron Mike’s inability to die, they added turpentine to the mix, which had exactly zero effect on Mike.
Frustrated with the fact that Iron Mike was some kind of medical phenomenon, they served him shots filled with horse tranquilizer and rat poison, and topped it off with a sandwich of spoiled sardines, carpenter’s tacks and metal shavings. After this strange and deadly mixture, Mike finally passed out.
Not content to just let Mike die peacefully with a belly full of poison and sharp inedible objects, they carried him outside during the coldest winter months (records state it was -27 C that day), took off his clothes, poured cold water all over him, and left him to die.
The next night, as the murderers clinked beers in celebration of their new found fortune, Iron Mike stumbles back into the bar and asks for a drink.
The insurance frauders agreed they needed a more direct approach to take this guy down. So, later that night, when Mike was deliriously drunk and wandering the streets, they jumped in their car and ran him over, going about 70 km/h.
A few days passed and Mike never showed back up to the free drink buffet. They figured he must be dead after all, but no there was no obituary or official release of his death. So the three couldn’t claim the insurance money. Getting absolutely desperate, they ran over another homeless guy and stuffed his pockets with Mike’s identification papers. But, the man survived. Confused and exhausted, the team stopped trying to murder people.
Then, three weeks later, to the utter disbelief of the bar owner and his associates, Mike wandered back into the bar and asked for a drink.
At this point, you think they would just stop trying to kill this invulnerable man and maybe just build a statue in his honor instead. But no, their greed demanded they try again. Sadly, they finally succeeded in bringing down the titan that was Iron Mike by putting a gas line in his mouth after he passed out.
By this time, the Legend of Iron Mike was already floating around the bar scene, and the three were quickly implicated in his death. Soon afterwards, they were executed via the electric chair, which killed all three of them on the first attempt.