The story of Paddy Murphy

In 1920, one of the personal habits and customs of most Americans suddenly came to a halt. The Eighteenth Amendment was put into effect, which effectively put the end to the importing, exporting, transporting, selling, and manufacturing of liquor and alcohol. This was the dawning of bootlegging, which rapidly swept across America in the early 20th century.

Paddy Murphy, according to SAE legend, was a bootlegger who was doing deals with Al Capone. Murphy was considered to be a loyal servant to Capone, but seduced Capone’s wife. While on the run, Murphy an SAE, was being housed in an Illinois SAE chapter house. McSorely, a loyal follower of Capone, and his band eventually found Paddy and his men. The two gangs fought, as they did McSorely pulled out his gun and shot Paddy Murphy.

As Murphy fell to the ground, dying of a wound inflicted by McSorely, he gave him the secret handshake that only the brothers of SAE know. McSorely, an SAE himself, realized that he had killed a brother of his fraternity. McSorely ordered that Paddy Murphy have an honorary burial, in recognition of his fallen brother.