The Story Behind the 1972 Woodlands Golf Course Murder

Maybe you’ve heard the tale:  A man drove his golf cart to the tenth hole, pulled out a .38 and fired five shots into another man killing him.   I had heard pieces of this story from members of the country club, but I never knew the story behind it.

Was it a golf game gone wrong?

I dug deeper to find out more information, and thanks to the Internet, I found newspaper articles from 1972 that covered  the story.

The articles said that Michael “Mickey” Mason was stalking a reputed gangland figure in a “commandeered” golf cart and shot Henry Rubino to death on the tenth green at the Woodlands Country Club.  Rubino was identified by a U.S. Senate subcommittee on organized crime as being a member of a New York-New Jersey crime family.  After shooting him twice and the face and three times in the back, Mason then fled to the clubhouse where he was arrested while he was using the phone to call his attorney.

I tried to find more information as I wanted photos to be a part of the story, but had no luck.  First, I asked Broward Sheriff’s Office in Tamarac for records, but they told me that all the old documents went to their main offices downtown.  Their main office told me that I would find them at the Clerk of Court’s office.  So I put in a request to Howard Foreman’s office with the exact names, dates, even a fee, but my request came back with no information.  Apparently they don’t keep records this long or perhaps lost them during the transition from Tamarac Police to BSO.

All the information I have are in the articles below.

It says that the motive for the murder was that Mason owed Rubino $2,500, and that him and his family had been threatened with death if he did not come up with the money.  In an irrational moment, he shot Rubino to death.

Less than two months after the murder, Mason is tried and he pled innocent by reason of temporary insanity.  The jury convicted him of first degree murder and he received a life sentence.

Five years later, Mason was in the Pompano Correctional Center and sued the Woodlands Country Club for $1 million.  He claims he asked the club to bar Rubino, who was not a member, but it refused.  His suit maintained that he was in fear of his life by the continued and unlawful presence of Henry Rubino and that the club knew that Rubino was “a well-known extortionist, known criminal, illegal loan shark, and known generally in the Fort Lauderdale area as a man of most unsavory character and bad reputation.”

I searched everywhere and couldn’t find any information about Mason’s release, however, based on his age at the time of arrest, it’s very unlikely that he’s still alive at the age of 95.

If you have any information on the murder or lived in the Woodlands during this time,  please let me know.

May 4, 1972

 

July 2, 1972

1977

June 13, 1977

 

 

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident's a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That's why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.

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  • Mark Desrosiers

    Are you going to bring up the Willets next?? LOL I heard about that one before I moved here!! Their house was in the Mainlands somewhere. Thanks for the history lesson!!!!

  • Mark
    Actually I’ve been talking to Kathy Willets trying to get her to give me her update but so far she hasn’t been ready for an interview. I heard she lived in Woodmont, not the Mainlands.

  • AmandaY

    This is a intersting story. I thought people were bad now, but that’s crazy. I wish someone had a picture and I really would like to know if the guy died in jail or got out.

  • Mark Desrosiers

    I watched a special on A&E channel (City Confidential) a few years ago and the house looked very similar to mine. They gave the address and I thought that was the community just south of the executive airport. It has been years and I could be wrong. I haven’t seen any house designs like mine in Woodmont. The link to the special was

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1163454/

  • Joseph M. Silvers

    Sharon,

    Just an FYI, Kathy Willets lived in the Heftler Homes Tamarac neighborhood just across the canal from Westwood 5 (Section 23). The house was at 8930 Northwest 79 Court.

  • willpatmac

    Crime is no different here then anywhere else.. Many years ago, a hit was attempted on the golf course of Colony West CC, something to do with explosives. You wont find a record of that either… In nearby Coral Springs, there is a home that is believed to be a burial place for one or more mob affiliates, under the homes foundation as I recall.. Not knowing for sure which house in that small subdivision, authorities were unable to secure permission to excavate the properties…. In the Weston area in those days, Jimmy Hoffa’s son built a home… Who cares ! As a child growing up in Tamarac, working as a busboy, you would be surpriszed what type of people you would see.. The woodlands area was full of characters, they just seemed like funny guys to me.