Did you realize that Amtrak's Northeast Corridor is the route of choice for colorful Boston mobsters? Last summer, William Coyman, 75, had a heart attack on a Penn Station train platform when he got off an Amtrak train from Boston. The AP reports, "As medics tried to revive him, police searched his backpack for identification. Inside, they found the stuff that "Law & Order" episodes are made of: $179,980 in cash, bundled with rubber bands and tucked inside two plastic bags." Chung chung!

Now, the federal authorities want to keep that money, believing that Coyman was delivering drug money. Coyman's history spoke for itself, with arrests since 1955: "His record included prison time in New Hampshire after he was caught with a pile of cocaine and $20,000 that had just been stolen from a department store. Coyman's old union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 25, was notorious for its organized crime ties in the 1990s. Years ago, Coyman's name was mentioned in news articles about allegations that union officials were shaking down Hollywood film crews and forcing producers to give cushy film set jobs to gangland hoodlums. He'd worked as a driver on some of the films in question."

At the time of his death, Coyman was hired as a courier for 180 Entertainment. Traces of narcotics were found in Coyman's backpack and briefcase, and when DEA agents visited the Philadelphia address Coyman was headed to, they were surprised by the blue-collar address with a boat and two luxury cars in the driveway. The 180 Entertainment owner, Joseph Burke, is also vying for the money, and the AP says that Burke "is another longtime Charlestown resident with a colorful past. In 1988, he was sent to prison for a string of six bank robberies in Florida. At the time, he told FBI agents he had been involved in as many as 18 heists of banks and armored cars, in several states, before being captured in Minnesota."

Coyman's son said, "The people connected to that money are probably not good people. My dad was a great man. But clearly he had a colorful history. ... As a kid growing up, my father was in the newspaper and it was embarrassing. It has been embarrassing my whole life." The son also wants nothing to do with the money.