Billie and Willie were journeymen criminals, and both had spent time in jail for a number of offenses, mostly physical in nature.
Teachers, cops, girls, judges and fellow gangsters had all shared the frustration of not knowing Billie from Willie.
"I don't care who you were before, you're Billie now," rumor had it he'd said.
But for the past six weeks or so, neither Billie nor Willie could be found anywhere.
Just tell her the Parkside Betterment Society voted for Billie and Willie to improve the city by getting lost.
It's Billie and Willie!
The word spread on the street that the family was hot after Billie and Willie Wassermann.
Vinnie claimed to be able to show the police where Billie and Willie had been hiding and continued to brag that he had enough information to make headlines and sink half the Philadelphia mobsters.
No one expressed any sympathy for Billie and Willie, not even Baratto.
You haven't seen anything of Billie and Willie Wassermann, have you?
Me and Billie and Willie had these three broads lined up but the twins had this job to do first.
Dean knew immediately because he was staring at the bloated face of Billie or Willie Wassermann.
Dean wanted to explain it was far more of a shock seeing a bloated Billie or Willie Wassermann with a head looking like a bleached basketball, but simply nodded instead.
He's either Billie or Willie Wassermann.
The local FBI had stepped into the picture and hustled action on the body, tentatively identified as Billie Wassermann—perhaps on an alphabetical basis only.
While Dean was tactful enough not to mention it, it had, however, taken two weeks for Billie Wassermann to come home to port.
Anderson, in turn, brought Dean up to date on Parkside news, especially the local excitement caused by the discovery of the body of Billie Wassermann.
Dean shrugged but shuddered when he remembered how information was extracted from Billie Wassermann.
He had seen firsthand what the folks from Philly did to Billie Wassermann.
When the world wasn't expressing sympathy for the old man, they were looking for details on Billie Wassermann, his butt-brand, and all the gory details of the fat twin's execution.
He said he was just asking about Dean's return trip but he was fishing for details on why the FBI was so unexpectedly interested in Billie Wassermann.
I saw your buddy Billie Wassermann Friday night, Dean said.
Just thinking of Billie gives me the willies.
"Billie didn't even say hello, Vinnie," Dean continued to chide.
"I'll bet Billie said it was all a big mistake just before they dropped him in the middle of the bay," Dean answered.
A family out fishing had the catch of the day, in the same general area where Billie had bobbed to light.