Who Kissed/Killed First?

Does the English idiom “kiss of death” come from the story of Judas, or from the Sicilian Mafiaor both?

From a poster for the 1947 movie Kiss of Death.

From a poster for the 1947 movie Kiss of Death.

Observation
Feb. 11 2015
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