Was Freddie Mills the Killer Known as Jack the Stripper?
Freddie Mills (77-18-6, 55 KOs) defeated Gus Lesnevich for the world light heavyweight crown in 1948. He lost the title to Joey Maxim in 1950. But it's what he did (or may have done) between his retirement from the ring following his loss to Maxim, and his mysterious death 15 years later, that makes Mills so very interesting.
Mills owned a nightclub and had mob connections -- he was friendly with the notorious Kray brothers, Ronnie and Reggie. But his business venture failed, and he found himself in serious financial difficulty. Moreover, he was heavily in debt to a crime syndicate, and feared for his life. In July 1965, Mills was found in his car, shot in the head. He died soon thereafter. A rifle had been beside him, and a coroner's inquest determined that the former champ had died by his own hand.
Maybe. He was no doubt depressed because of his financial situation and his fear of mob retaliation....