An Al Capone Mystery Quote

“They call Al Capone a bootlegger. Yes, it’s bootlegging while it’s on the trucks, but when your host at the club, in the locker room, or on the Gold Coast hands it to you on a silver tray, it’s hospitality.”The above quote shows up in several Al Capone bios, and was paraphrased in the film Read More…

Al Capone Meets the Cops

Ninety years ago this month, in late August of 1922, Al Capone was involved in the first dust-up big enough to get his name into the Chicago paper. They referred to him as Alfred Caponi (they’d keep calling him “Caponi” for years) in the brief item describing an altercation in which he comes off as Read More…

The Death of Dean O’Banion

While gangs moved right into the the liquor business as soon as prohibition went into effect, things were fairly quiet for the first few years – the gang’s territories were well carved. But in 1924, things began to go sour. Dean O’Banion, head of the North Side gang, called Johnny Torrio of the south side Read More…

The Terrible Gennas Part 3

Very shortly after the lavish funeral of Angelo Genna, the war was back on. It wasn’t long at all before Mike “The Devil” Genna was killed in a shoot-out with the police. Shortly thereafter, Tony Genna got a call to come to a meeting at a grocery store at Grand and Aberdeen (where the Mark’s Read More…