The Weepy-Faced Hit Man Buys The Farm

“There’s nothing quite like a weepy-faced hit man to really pull at your heartstrings”

-Dominick Dunne

Donald Nash was a deli-counterman until he set his sights on a higher calling – hit man.

The Nash has left this world. He died on June 2, 2016 at the ripe old age of 80 in New York’s Green Haven prison facility.

People v. Nash, 654 N.Y.S.2d 75 

Irwin Margolies had a problem: he’d committed a 5.7 million-dollar jewelry fraud, and two former employees—Jenny Soo Chin and Margaret Barbera—were critical witnesses in the federal investigation. So he and his lawyer hired a hitman. Donald Nash asked for $8,000 per murder. Donald Nash was once caught utilizing a counterfeit taxi cab. This “fake cab” was so he would not have to pay fees or report income. And he had not yet answered for that crime, when he committed these murders.


The diminutive Nash in court

On January 5, 1982, Jenny Soo Chin was abducted in Queens. Two witnesses saw an assailant in a ski mask come up behind Chin and shove her into her own station wagon. He then entered the driver’s side and drove away. Chin’s car was discovered abandoned and bloodstained nine days later. Her body was never found.

The following April 12, Angelo Sticca was trying to catch up with three of his fellow employees on the roof of a Hudson River garage when he heard snapping sounds. About 50 feet away, he saw a man dragging a woman’s limp body toward a van. Sticca’s peers—Leo Kuranuki, Robert Schulze, and Edward Benford—tried to intervene. The gunman shot them each once in the head. Sticca fled in his car. Margaret Barbera’s body was found in Manhattan the next morning.

Irwin Margolies at his trial

Irwin Margolies at his own trial

When Nash was caught fleeing the state in the midwest and brought back to New York amidst cameras and reporters, he puffed out his lower lip, choking back tears. He knew that the cops had him cold = Shell casings, an eyewitness, etc.

Nash’s prosecutor brought a grocery cart to court filled with forensic evidence such as hair samples, a bloody bed sheet, and shell casings. It also helped that on the witness stand, Margolies’s attorney disclosed damning evidence about his client. On May 24, 1983, Nash was convicted of four counts of second-degree murder and a single count of conspiracy. He was sentenced to 100 years in prison. Margolies was sentenced to 50 years for ordering the murders and died of a heart attack a few years later.

The Nash at left

The Nash at left

While Nash was in prison, he chalked up another murder. That of a fellow inmate while working in the kitchen. He had fashioned a board with sharp objects and swung it by a rope. While guards tried to break in the door, Nash kept at the man until he was dead.

New York Prison System file. Discharged due to being Deceased:

Identifying and Location Information
As of 07/27/16
DIN (Department Identification Number) 83A4150
Inmate Name NASH, DONALD
Date of Birth 12/09/1935
Race / Ethnicity WHITE
Custody Status DISCHARGED
Housing / Releasing Facility GREEN HAVEN
Date Received (Original) 06/24/1983
Date Received (Current) 06/24/1983
Admission Type
County of Commitment NEW YORK
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only) 06/02/16 DECEASED