The Terrible Gennas part 2

So, the Genna Brothers had cleared he way to move into O’Banion’s territory, but they’d also made a LOT of enemies. ALL of the North Siders wanted them dead – and so did Al Capone. One of them became president of the Unione Siciliane, a major organization that gave him a lot of clout. Capone Read More…

Headlines of the Past

Here are a couple of amusing headlines we’ve run across in our research – the first is from the early 1920s, before the gang war really heated up and the papers still thought of the gangsters as Robin Hood: And another, from a few years later, when the bootleggers still thought of THEMSELVES as Robin Read More…

Al Capone’s House for Sale

There’s hardly an old building in the cit that people don’t say was once owned by Al Capone, Chicago’s own real-live version of Jabba the Hutt. Almost all such stories are nonsense; he kept a rather low profile in the city. But there’s one house that we can all agree that he owned down on Read More…

An Al Capone Relic?

One of Capone’s first gigs in Chicago was working at the notorious Four Deuces club, 2222 S. Wabash, which was Johnny Torrio’s headquarters. It was here that Torrio taught Capone what he needed to know before passing the empire on to him. The Four Deuces club is long gone today – there’s a vacant lot Read More…