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'Mickey Finn' A Mickey Finn, or a Mickey, is a drink secretly laced with a drug, possibly chloral hydrate, to knock out the person who drinks it. Slipping someone a mickey has become a staple plot device in detective fiction and B-movies.

Mickey Finn was a real person, a saloon owner in Chicago's vice district, known as the Levee. But the dastardly deed attributed to him is most likely a myth. As the story goes, after a customer passed out, he would be robbed and tossed into an alley by Finn and his wife.

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