Then, out of the blue, a brother-in-law died. No life insurance. Ned got the message, but didn't know where to start.
Got the message? Got the message? Who sends a message by killing someone's brother-in-law just because he didn't have "life insurance" ? "Out of the blue"--pah! how convenient! Nothing suspicious about that! Though I generally try to avoid provoking the ire of professional extortioners, I feel obligated to point out that this seems a lot like the tactics and vocabulary of the Gambino crime family.