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Puparo's Gangland History of the Chicago Boroughs

Puparo has done it again! You guys and gals like the Boardwalk Empire era? Well, here are some of the facts and insider details on that period, its gangs, mobs, and players and shakers. With a focus on Chicago because, well, if any city roared during the 1920s it was the Windy City.

So read and enjoy all the crime and corruption Chicago has had to offer during the twentieth century. Puparo collected information about every Chicago borough and every gang and crime boss that held sway over it. From the North Side to the South Side, to the East Side: Pup has got it covered.



24th Ward alderman Jacob Arvey
24th ward alderman Jacob Arvey, a position he got 27 February 1923

24th Ward alderman Jacob Arvey
Junk dealer Moe Rosenberg (brother Ike Rosenberg ?? Michael “Ike” Rosenberg??) and Ben Zuckerman “Zuckie the Bookie” (his financial backer Willie Galatz) ran gambling in the 24th Ward and worked with 24th ward alderman Jacob Arvey.

21st ward alderman James "Jimmy" Aloysius Quinn
21st ward alderman James "Jimmy" Aloysius Quinn, of the north side Democratic politics, is critically sick at his home in North La Salle street, where he has lived for nearly forty years. He was taken with a sudden seizure 4 June 1924

27th ward (old 18th ward) politician Van Lent
11 May 1926 was Harold Fynn (burglar on probation) found killed, he was a ward heeler in the 27th ward (old 18th ward) for Van Lent. He was found killed in the Deneen- Small faction’s Republican headquarters at 1454 West Madison street


synagogue Anshe Sholom built in 1926
synagogue Anshe Sholom, built in 1926 which also contained a large Hebrew School. Its rabbi for 36 years was Saul Silber (1881- dies 1 September 1946) who was also a founder and long time president of the Hebrew Theological College. Its cantor for many years was Joshua Lind who often performed with his sons Morris Lind, David Lind and Phillip Lind.

24th ward democratic committeeman Moe Rosenberg
The home of Michael Rosenberg (brother Moe Rosenberg), sanitary district trustee and a leader in Democratic politics in Chicago, who lives at 1323 Independence boulevard, was the target of a bomb 3 November 1926

barber union bosses
Frank Rango’s brother in law Capo was arrested with others when the home of democratic Ward Committee man Rosenberg was bombed.

24th ward committeeman Moe Rosenberg
13 November 1926 was Moe Rosenberg’s brother in law Morton Kallis shot and wounded. Investigation by Fulmore police station

West side based Minerva Athletic Club owner Lawrence Mangano

West side based Minerva Athletic Club owner Lawrence Mangano
West side mobster Lawrence Mangano owner of the Minerva Athletic Club which was raided 7 September 1928 the next day was bombed the house of Des Plaines street police station captain Luke Garrick

42 gang member Giancana
27 September 1928 explodes for the second time in 11 days a bomb near the ice salon of Sam Giancana's father. Police suspect it is revenge for the murder of Edward Divis (when was he killed then?? And is the name right?) a gangster boss in West Chicago and suspected were Sam Giancana and Dominic Caruso.

West side based William “Klondike” O’Donnell clash with George “Red” Barker

George “Red” Barker
3 September 1928 was garage attendant Albert Pratt (30) shot and killed

George “Red” Barker
27 October 1928 were George “Red” Barker, William Clifford and Michael Reilly arrested in San Francisco for the murder of Chicago garage attendant Albert Pratt

Coal teamsters local 704 president James "Lefty" Lynch
At the next meeting of the joint council, Red Barker and Murray Humphreys appeared at the door with a dozen heavily armed Capone torpedoes. Barker looked around the room and announced that he was now running the Coal Teamsters Chauffeurs and Helpers Union Local 704 and that everything would remain just the way Lynch had left it.

Theater Ushers union president George Red Barker
As a reward, Capone gave Barker control over the Ushers union.

prize fight promoter Walter George
George red Barker extorted prize fight promoter Walter George ????


West side mobster Lawrence Mangano
In 1928 West side mobster Lawrence Mangano , Frank Pope (anybody knows some more about him ??) and North side mobster Louis Barsoti (Capone man who ran a North Clark Street den) (anybody knows some more about him ??) have a bombing war.

Chicago Laundry Drivers Local 712 president and racketeer John Clay (60) killed
16 November 1928 was John Clay (60) shot and killed in his union headquarters at 629 South Ashland avenue, he led the Chicago Laundry Drivers Local 712. Police suspect the George “Bugs” Moran gang. Laundry and Dyehouse Chauffeurs union.

Morris Becker and Capone Dying shop bombed
20 November 1928 was a Morris Becker and Capone Dyeing shop bombed

West side based William “Klondike” O’Donnell clash with George “Red” Barker

“Red” Barker friend Thomas McElligott killed
30 May 1929 was “Red” Barker friend Thomas McElligott (24) (a friend of the killed Clifford and Reilly) shot and killed in Walter Staley’s café at 361 West Madison street.

Dominick Coasta (Costa??) killed
30 May 1929 was also killed Dominick Coasta (Costa??)

West side based William “Klondike” O’Donnell clash with George “Red” Barker

5 September 1929 were gangsters Edward Wescott (23) and Frank “Cy” Cawley (27) found killed and both had nickels in their hands. They were friends of “Red” Barker

Black Hander Rocco Maggio killed
31 October 1929 was extortionist Rocco Maggio (33) shot and killed in his father in laws grocery store at 847 Taylor Street

Chicago racketeer David Ablin aka Cockeyed Mulligan
David Ablin, of the Epicure club at 19 East Cedar Street, was suspected of having inspired the pistol attack in which Ted Newberry, chief of a north side liquor syndicate, escaped with a trivial wound 1 December 1929 and police close his Epicure Club 4 December after operating only 3 months


Ben Zuckerman “Zuckie the Bookie”
14 November 1928 was shot and wounded John Chandler Acher after a traffic accident. Police arrest Ben Zuckerman


Lawndale 24th ward committeeman Moe Rosenberg
Moe Rosenberg was indicted for underpaying his taxes by $65,000 in 1929 and 1930. Rosenberg's defense centered on $500,000 in gifts he shelled out to Democratic political organizations, which he argued wasn't taxable income. His offer to settle was denied by federal prosecutors, but he died before going to trial.

The 42 gang start to work for the red Bolton gang

Polk Street saloon owner Joseph "Red" Bolton (brother politician John Bolton)
22 May 1929 was patrolman Joseph Sullivan found shot to death in his automobile in front of Joseph "Red" Bolton's saloon in Polk Street, which Sullivan had visited with the intention of gathering evidence in the Blumenthal kidnapping plot. Bolton was booked as an accessory but was discharged 14 June 1929 by Judge Jonas. William "Dinky" Quan, the bartender, and Bernard McComb are wanted. 4 August 1929 was William Barry (30) arrested as a suspect, he jumped out of a window onto a moving train, in an effort to escape, and was killed. William Quan was arrested 10 September 1929 and came free.

Polk Street saloon owner Joseph "Red" Bolton (brother politician John Bolton) man Quan
In November 1929 were the gangsters William Quan (28), Frank Rein (29) and William Wilson (32) shot to death by police Sergeant Patrick B. O'Connell and patrolmen William Stanbury and Florian Smuczynski in a firefight after the three gangsters had entered the headquarters of the Tire and Rubber Workers Union at 14 North Sacramento Boulevard and threatened the president of the union Michael Powers with their firearms

42 gang members Frank Petillo and Peter nicastro were killed by fellow 42 gang members for robbing the Red Bolton gang

Nickel murder (by McGurn??)
1 July 1930 police found the killed 42 gang member Michale Gillitchio aka Frank Pitello (17) (Petillo) and in his hand was a nickel, he worked with Red Bolton’s west side gang (a Capone ally)

42 gang member Peter Nicastro (21) shot and killed
9 September 1930 was reputed 42 gang member Peter Nicastro (21) shot and killed. Nicholas Muscato was acquitted

42 gang member John Guida (24) shot and killed
24 October 1930 was 42 gang member John Guida (24) shot and killed by alleged Moran gangsters the brothers Frank and William Carr

West side based Frank Pope

West side based Frank Pope
28 May 1930 Frank Pope and Ralph Capone were indicted on an alky charge.

West side based Lawrence Mangano and brother Phillip Mangano (of 1506 Taylor Street)

Chicago mobster
Police raided 3 November 1931 the West side headquarters of Jimmy Adduci and Lawrence Mangano and arrested Louis Scaramuzza, Peter Hoenig and Silvio Belgivello

Chicago arrest of NY boss Angelo Caruso
11 November 1931 Chicago police arrested Dago Lawrence Mangano, Paul Palmeri (palmieri) (undertaker at 1538 Whitney Ave. Niagara Falls), Frank Chiavavolloti (Chicago), Angelo Caruso (NY), Sylvester Agoglia (Chicago) in a car. Police then also arrest Louis Spenilli (Ny), Joseph Costello (Chicago) as suspects in the kidnappings of St Louis furrier Alexander berg and Rockford gambler Ralph J. “Fuzzy” Pearce. Police are still looking for Sam “Golf bag” Hunt and Harry Heiter. Paul Palmieri was, with Caruso and the rest, freed after a short time.

Lawrence Mangano brother Phillip Mangano (of 1506 Taylor Street)??????same one??
12 January 1932 was Benjamin Rosenberg (46) shot and killed. He had been manager of an independent cleaning and dying plant. Philip (Flukey) Mangano and Louis (The Louse) Clementi, west side hood who have recently been active with acid bombs and black-jacks to establish supremacy for the Capone crime syndicate in the cleaning and dyeing industry, were arrested 15 January 1932 as the principal suspects


24th ward committeeman Moe Rosenberg dies
24th ward committeeman Moe Rosenberg died and his funeral was held 15 January 1934 and gambling was then watched over by Ben Zuckerman “Zuckie the Bookie” (his financial backer Willie Galatz)

24th Ward committeeman Jacob Arvey
In 1934 Jacob Arvey became 24th ward committeeman when he followed up Moe Rosenberg


West side based Frank Pope
around 1933, he ran the West Side & Cicero books for Tony Accardo.

Lawrence Mangano brother in law Ernest “Hoppy” Rossi killed
4 February 1934 was Ernest “Hoppy” Rossi (29) aka Ernie Ross (35) killed. He was the brother in law of Lawrence Mangano

West side based boss Frank Pope killed
West side based Frank Pope was shot and killed 8 March 1934. Pope had worked for Accardo who holds a grudge against Mangano??????

John M. Bolton
Bolton was connected to gambling rackets as well; his brother Joseph "Red" Bolton was an ex-con and prohibition-era gangster.

John M. Bolton
John Bolton was also an adversary of Nitti and Adduci (in addition to former Al Capone bodyguard Louis "Little New York" Campagna).

John M. Bolton
Born in Chicago, 10/5/1901; member of IL House (2nd Dist.) as of 1936; Democrat.

John M. Bolton killed
Just past midnight in the early morning hours of July 9, 1936, while driving home in Chicago, he found himself pursued by another car and attempted to outrun them; the other car caught up on his left, whereupon its passengers opened fire, blowing off Bolton's head with shotgun blasts from a range within 5 feet; Bolton's car crashed on a nearby corner.

James J. Adduci (IL House - 2nd) believed to be front for the Capone gang
Frank Nitti, state representative James J Adduci and Louis “little new York” Campagna were under investigation after the 4 july 1936 murder of States representative John M Bolton.

James J. Adduci
On July 10, 1936, the Chicago press carried an article to the effect that Frank Nitti, State Representative James J. Adduci, and Louis "Little New York" Campagna had been placed under police surveillance. The three named were under investigation following the murder of State Representative John M. Bolton

James J. Adduci
Adduci was a good friend of 'Dago Lawrence' Mangano and Willie Bioff

James J. Adduci
serving his first term in Springfield as a Republican from [2nd Dist.]")

First Ward Republican committeeman Daniel Serritella in 1936

20th Ward Republican committeeman William Pacelli in 1936

20th Ward Democratic committeeman Carmen Vacco in 1936

25th Ward Republican committeeman William Parillo in 1936

26th Ward Republican committeeman James Vignola in 1936

28th Ward Republican committeeman Joseph Porcaro in 1936 (West side boss)

Washington Congressman William “Billy” Parrillo
Capone's lawyer and later representative in Washington Congressman William “Billy” Parrillo (his son is Donald Parrillo)

6 August 1938 were the political hoodlums and Alderman’s aids Leo Mosinski and Bruno Switoj shot and killed. A gun was left that had also been used in the April 1937 murder of bookmaker and boxer Oscar Klinger (35 and boxed under the name Hank “Moon” Baker) who was killed in his poolroom at 2459 Armitage Avenue

Police informer Joseph La Porte was shot and killed 13 August 1938

Taylor street based 42 gang leader Paul Battaglia and ally Bolton killed

Paul Battaglia killed ?? 21 March 1932??
Paul Battaglia (26) was found shot twice in the head and killed 27 August 1938. He owned a saloon at 819 West Madison and was once a member of the Genna gang and the 42 gang. His murder was ordered by Frank Nitti because he robbed outfit joints

Joseph "Red" Bolton killed (brother killed John Bolton)
Joseph "Red" Bolton was a West Side gang leader who was briefly allied with Frank McErlane and Bubs Quinlan against Capone in the late 20s. the Chicago Crime Commission has him listed as being murdered on November 24, 1938.

West side boss “Dago” Lawrence Mangano killed
Mangano and his crew made their move against the mob's acting boss, Paul Ricca, but Ricca moved first and gunned down 3 August 1944 Mangano and his partner Mike Pantillo. 3 August 1944 the boss "dago" Lawrence Mangano and his bodyguard "Big" Mike Pantillo get machine gunned possibly was Accardo behind the hit because he becomes fast the most important boss. With Mangano and Pantillo was Pantillo’s girlfriend Rita Reyes. Mangano’s body was at the morgue indentified by weeping tavern singer Anne Hagedorn. When Mangano was killed he was riding in a car owned by Ralph Cavaliera. In the Mangano murder were also questioned Dominic Nuccio, Dominick DiBella and Dominic Brancato

Dago Lawrence Mangano associate Ralph Cavaliera
Dago Lawrence Mangano associate Ralph Cavaliera aka Armie (he had lost an arm in a car accident)


politician Patrick Nash dies
6 October 1943 died politician Patrick Nash and his partner Ed Kelly made sure Zuckerman kept gambling on.

Chicago mayor Kelly
In 1943 Kelly was rechosen mayor

Chicago killers Lenny Patrick and David Yaras
They shot and killed 14 January 1944 Ben Zuckerman “Zuckie the Bookie” (his financial backer Willie Galatz) in font of his home at 4042 Wilcox street. The killers are thought to have been Lenny Patrick and David Yaras. Also Lawrence "Dago" Mangano was a suspect in the murder of Ben Zuckerman.

Many years later, Congressional investigators wrongly assumed that Ruby was run out of Chicago by Lenny Patrick for operating one of Zuckie's handbooks on Patrick's territory, without permission, and that Patrick gave Ruby 24 hours to clear out of Chicago. all the evidence points to Ruby not having been chased out of Chicago, but rather being recruited out to represent the outfit in Texas.

In 1945 (after working 3 years for Galatz) Lenny Patrick and his brother were fired by West Side gambling boss William Galatz.

Chicago killer Lenny Patrick and Galatz murder
Lenny Patrick’s partner David Yaras shot and killed 7 April 1945 Willie Galatz (44). Galatz aka Willie Tarch aka Willie Kolatch in a gangway at the rear of a building at 3710 W. Roosevelt rd.

Lenny Patrick then took control of the mob’s West Side bookmaking business.


West side based book maker Lenny Patrick
10 December 1947 was Harry “the horse” Krotish (29) shot and killed by Lenny Patrick because he wanted to take over Lenny Patrick’s West side bookmaking operation

West side based book maker Lenny Patrick
As revenge was 23 May 1948 Mercury recording company official Leo “Little Sneeze” Friedman (33) shot and killed, he also owned a restaurant in the Loop area and he had been a suspect in the 2 January 1947 robbery of a jewelry salesman. In 1936 Friedman had been sentenced to 10 years for robbing a bank and in prison he met the black numbers boss Edward Jones

West side based book maker Lenny Patrick
10 June 1948 was Norton Polsky (27) killed, he had been a friend of the already killed Leo friedman, Harry Krotish and Willie galatch

West side based book maker Lenny Patrick
10 September 1948 Lenny Patrick was interviewed regarding the murders of Norton Polsky, “Little Sneeze” Friedman and Harry “the horse” Krotisch. Patrick stated he considered himself a friend of them and said they were killed for robbing handbooks and gambling houses.

West side based book maker Lenny Patrick
Lenny Patrick killed in 1950 rival bookmaker Edward “Eddie” Murphy aka Kearns. 22 march 1950 was Edward Murphy aka Emmet Kearns (48) shot and killed. He had been a member of the Danny McGeoghegan gang during prohibition and he and Danny McGeoghegan were sentenced to serve 25 years for the robbery on 29 May 1933 of the State Exchange Bank of Culver. Murphy was paroled 11 November 1944

Rogers Park (North Side) based book maker Lenny Patrick
Patrick said he controlled the mob’s bookmaking operation on the predominantly Jewish West Side from 1946 until 1954. When the Jewish population migrated to the North Side Patrick won the approval of a mob leader to move to Rogers Park and head there bookmaking.

West side based 31th ward Republican committeeman Charley Gross
6 February 1952 politician Charley Gross (56) walked the streets to get a newspaper, then he was shot to death from a car. Gross was candidate for council member in Chicago’s 31th ward in the West side.

burglar Michael Joyce (later killed) had been a suspect in the 1952 Charles Gross murder

Republican candidate for committeeman for the 31th ward in the West side was James Mesi and his brother was the criminal Phillip Mesi

Chicago murder of Melchiore
12 July 1959 was West side real estate dealer Mario Melchiorre (36 and suspected of blockbusting) shot to death in his car.

15 February 1960 was Fred Bolton (26) shot and killed by Peter kokenes (36). Fred Bolton was the son of the killed republican politician John Bolton

West side boss Torello dies
Torello had to make place in 1979 for Joe Ferriola because of his health. In April 1979 dies James “Turk” torello.
West side boss Joe Ferriola

Boss Aiuppa, Underboss Cerone, Consiglieri Accardo
West side capo Ferriola, North side capo Vince Solano (his underboss DiVarco is in charge of Rush Street), 26th Street- Chinatown capo Angelo LaPietra, Elmwood Park capo, Chicago Heights capo Alfred Pilotto, Cicero crew capo Ernest Infelice

Chicago boss Ferriola
In January 1986 Joe Ferriola becomes the boss of the Outfit and Cerone was replaced as underboss by Ernest "Rocky" Infelice.

1986 Chicago borgata
boss Joe Ferriola, Underboss Ernest Infelice, Consiglieri Accardo
West side capo Dominic Cortina, North side capo Vincent Solano, 26th Street- Chinatown capo James Lapietra, Elmwood Park capo John DiFronzo, Chicago Heights capo Albert Tocco

Chicago West Side capo Ferriola
Ferriola was followed up as boss of the West Side by Dominic Cortina who had as top capo Donald Angelini.
Chicago West Side capo Dominic Cortina

Chicago West Side
In November 1989 Dominic Cortina and Angelini confess and Cortina was replaced by Anthony Centracchio as West side boss.

West side boss Anthony “Tony” Centracchio dies
Alleged West Side mob boss Anthony ''Tony'' Centracchio (71) dies August 9, 2001. Anthony ''Tony'' Centracchio had been awaiting trial on federal racketeering charges. Centracchio had been on trial with his reported right-hand man, former Stone Park police officer Thomas Tucker, as well as former Franklin Park police officer Robert S. Urbinati and Robert Natale, ex-mayor of Stone Park. Centracchio also was suspected to be a fence for part of his career.


Charles "The Ox" Reiser
Reiser was first arrested in 1902 and charged with safecracking. While released on bail however he reportedly killed the witness testifying against him and the case was subsequently dropped.

Charles "The Ox" Reiser
he was arrested in 1905 and again the case was dropped after another witness disappeared.

Charles "The Ox" Reiser
In 1907 he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced to 30 days.

Charles "The Ox" Reiser
In 1909 Reiser was apprehended in Seattle, Washington and charged with burglary and murder yet, as in Chicago, the witnesses against him were killed and Reiser returned to Chicago shortly after.

Samuel "Nails" Morton
When Samuel "Nails" Morton in 1917 gets arrested he gets a choice: prison or the army, he enlists and get decorated during WW1 with the croix de guerre.

Hymie Weiss (Earl Wajciechowski)
Earl Weiss begins his career as a car thief. In May 1919, after two stolen cars are found at 128 North Cicero, Weiss is caught along with James Fleming and Alfred Marlowe arriving in a third stolen car.

Charles "The Ox" Reiser
When May Mahoney, wife of safe cracker John Mahoney, threatened to call the police on Mahoney in 1919, Charles "The Ox" Reiser, Mahoney's pal, beat her to death in her home at 1137 W. Washington

Charles "The Ox" Reiser
In 1920, one of Reiser's safecracking partners, Clarance White, told Reiser that the cops had questioned him about a job they committed. Reiser and White had stolen a Standard Oil Co. safe and taken its contents. To protect himself, Reiser murdered White and made it look like a suicide.

Charles Gloriana Gang

Charles Gloriana Gang
15 October 1919 Merle Buckler was shot to death by the Gloriana gang who tried to steal the payroll of the Downey Farrell company at 509 North Union avenue. 20 October 1919 was asked to free the Gloriana gang for the Bucker murder?? Also indicted had been Carl Moretti

Charles Gloriana Gang
In November 1919 was the Gloriana gang leader Charles Gloriana convicted with 8 of his men under whom Dominic Nuccio.

Charles Gloriana Gang
17 January 1921 were believed Gloriana members Joseph Colo and Carl Colo wounded when they try to ambush and kill a detective.

Charles Gloriana Gang
O’Banion had also quarreled with the Gloriana Gang, as the Italian and Sicilian hoodlums in his own near north side community were called, during the 1924 elections. The Glorianas supported 42nd Ward Democratic candidates who were running against the Republicans supported by O’Banion and the Irish.


Hymie Weiss (Earl Wajciechowski)
24 June 1920 Hymie Weiss (Earl Wajciechowski) shot and wounded his brother Fred Weiss because of a remark he made

5 February 1921 Dean O’Banion married Viola Kaniff and bought an interest in William Schofield’s River North Flower Shop, near the corner of West Chicago Avenue and North State Street

Charles "The Ox" Reiser
Around April 1921, Reiser associate, John Mahoney, was arrested while safecracking and started talking to the police. Reiser murdered him 30 April 1921

Earl Weiss, Dean O'Banion, Charles "The Ox" Reiser and George Moran (under his alias Morrissey) are caught trying to blow up a safe in 1921

O’Bannion orders murder of Steve Wisniewski
When Dion O’Bannion his man Steve Wisniewski hijacks a beer transport O’Bannion orders Hymie Weiss (Earl Wajciechowski) to straighten this out what he does 16 July 1921 when he shoots Wisniewski during a car drive through the head. (though nowadays some see as the shooter Terry Druggan and that it wasn’t Weiss)

Charles "The Ox" Reiser
Reiser was wounded during a robbery attempt 10 October 1921 and 11 October 1921 was Charles "The Ox" Reiser in hospital visited by his wife and Reiser was shot and killed and it was considered suicide

Chicago District Attorney (DA) Robert E Crowe
From 1916 to 1921 Crowe was a judge of the Circuit Court of cook County. In 1921 wins Robert E Crowe a first term as state’s Attorney (DA) backed by mayor Thompson

North Side saloonkeeper Albert Schultz killed
At the end of August 1922 was North Side saloonkeeper Albert Schultz killed (Walter Stevens a suspect??)

North side mobster Drucci
31 august 1922 was Drucci being chased by police while driving north on Michigan Avenue. Just as he reached the Michigan Ave. bridge (Jacknife bridge??), the gates came down and the bridge started to part at the center. Stepping hard on the gas, he broke through the gates, sped up the rising south half of the bridge and vaulted smoothly onto the north half and was still arrested by agent Touhy (father of the Touhy gangster brothers??).

Hymie Weiss (Earl Wajciechowski)
October 20,1922 Earl Weiss and George Moran (used alias Nolan) are chased by policeman Fred Tosch and arrested for jewelry holdups.

Richard Preston
30 December 1922 police shot and killed robber Jacob Spock and arrest his partner Richard Preston

Chicago North side mobster Drucci
Vincent “the schemer” Drucci appeared in the porno movie Bob’s Hot Story shot in Chicago in 1923. ????

Chicago motion picture projectionist union local 110 business agent Tommy Maloy
In 1923 Maloy's office was at Harrison and Wabash where other labor skates like Con Shea of the teamsters and Stephen “Steve” Kelleher (38) of the theater janitors had offices and together ran a gambling pallor on the first floor under their offices and shared the profits between the three of them. Maloy and Kelleher had a falling out over the proceeds of the gambling den. Maloy hired an up and coming O'Bannion goon named Danny McCarthy and invited Kelliher to join him and McCarthy for a drink at Tierneys resort on Calumet and 25th next to a theater where Maloy ran a theater. As soon as they were seated an argument began and McCarthy drew his gun and killed Kelleher 18 February 1923 . McCarthy pleaded self defense and a dozen witnesses swore to it and he walked away from the murder rap. Maloy took his theater janitors union.

Chicago plumbers union racketeer Danny McCarthy
After Dan McCarthy shot labor leader Steve Kelleher dead at Maloy's behest, McCarthy took the plumbers union and sided with Dion O'Bannion and his boys. They shared the same lawyer, Michael Ahern, who also represented Roger Touhy. To close the deal, McCarthy took $150,000.00 from the plumbers union treasury and split it with O'Bannion and Weiss.

Samuel J Morton dies
In May 1923 Samuel J Morton drops from his horse and dies some days later. His friends Moran, Weiss, Alterie and Schemer Drucci kidnap the horse after which Alterie shoots the animal to death at the place of the accident.

John Dougherty aka John Duffy
In January 1924 gangster John Dougherty aka John Duffy had gone to see Hirschie Miller and had offered to kill O’Bannion for 10000 dollars as retaliation for O’Bannion’s shooting of Davy Miller in the La Salle Theatre.

Hymie Weiss (Earl Wajciechowski)
Weiss gets caught hijacking booze with O'Banion and Dapper Dan McCarthy (January 24,1924 at Indiana avenue and 21st street )

Hymie Weiss (Earl Wajciechowski)
He cannot appear in federal court because at this time he gets his appendix removed and obtains a doctor's note stating that he won't live for 5 months, yet police arrest him in a car at Congress and Maplewood ave. He is with Arthur Barrett and Ernest Applequist and is caught carrying a loaded .45 colt automatic, along with a sheriff's badge.

John Dougherty aka John Duffy
Duffy was an ex Philadelphian suspected of murder in Philadelphia.

John Dougherty aka John Duffy murders his wife Exley
Witness Bill Engelke said that Duffy had killed 22 February 1924 his wife ex prostitute Maybelle Exley (22) in a drunken rage and then had gone to O’Bannion and Kaufman for money to leave Chicago. Duffy was a friend of O’Bannion’s bodyguard Yankee Schwartz.

John Dougherty aka John Duffy killed
Witness Bill Engelke said that he saw Duffy get into a car with O’Bannion the night before the Philadelphia gangster was found dead in a snowbank and that Kaufman had arranged the fatal meeting. All charges were dropped when Engelke didn’t want to testify anymore. Duffy had gone into the car with O’Bannion, Philip Goldberg, Carl Hein, Julian Kaufman and William Engelke

Julian Kaufman and Dion O’Bannion were questioned in connection with the 22 February 1924 murder of gangster John Duffy and his ex prostitute wife Maybelle Exley (22).


Near West Side based Taylor street old Little Italy based Genna brothers

Chicago based Genna Family (Marsala diaspora)
In 1910 father Genna had his sons Sam Genna, Vincenzo "Jim" Genna, Pete Genna, Angelo Genna (married Lucille Spingola the younger sister of lawyer Henry Spingola), Tony Genna (wife Gladys Bagwill) and Mike Genna come from Marsala (Sicily) to Chicago.

Taylor street based Little Italy is Genna territory
Mike Genna an olive oil and cheese importer living at 856 Blue Island Avenue

Chicago based Genna Family (Marsala diaspora)
They get protection from the political boss diamond Joe Esposito.

police found 9 April 1922 Genevieve Court in a boarding house, she had been taken from Chicago to Milwaukee by brothers Henry Penna and Peter Penna and Philip Maltese and was send back to Chicago. In Chicago she then was threatened by Angelo Genna

Angelo Genna
29 January 1923 were Angelo Genna and Philip Maltese sentenced to a year for procuring of the prostitute Genevieve Court (15).

Chicago’s Little Italy (near north side??) overlords the Genna brothers
9 January 1923 olive oil salesman Angelo DeMora (DeMory) (of 631 Sangamon Street) was killed in his shop at 936 Vernon Park Place at the orders of the Genna brothers, his sons Antonio DeMora and James” Jack Machinegun McGurn” won't forget him. Coroner Herman Bundesen said the murder of his father made him a killer

Simon Gorman
Simon Gorman was first Cook County Horseshoers Union business agent
Simon Gorman also involved in the Candy Jobbers Association
Simon Gorman then became the chief racketeer in the laundry business

Hirschie Miller
When Hirschie Miller established the Acme Cleaners and Dyers Company at 2832 North Clark Street, it was bombed and an attempt on Miller’s life was made. He then accused Master Cleaners and Dyers Association.

Hirschie Miller
Later one of Hirschie Miller his drivers was beaten and a truck load of garments was stolen 19 April 1924

Simon Gorman is a partner with Morris Hectman (Hechman??) in some laundries

Simon Gorman henchmen Hoiles and Tice

Simon Gorman
In Cook County were 5 different laundry associations working:
The Chicago Laundries Owners Association (labor secretary Simon Gorman)
The Chicago Wet and Dry Laundry Owners Association
The Chicago Linen Supply Association
The Chiago hand Laundry Owners Association (Hirschie Miller worked for it)
The Laundry Service Association of Chicago

The first three were combined in the Allied Laundry Council

Chicago’s Little Italy overlords the Genna brothers
In 1924, the Genna's owned a three-story liquor warehouse at 1022 W. Taylor where they also produced raw alcohol. The Gennas held a government license for processing industrial alcohol at their plant located at 1022 W. Taylor where they additionally produced illegal whiskey.

Chicago’s Little Italy overlords the Genna brothers
The brothers Angelo Genna, Sam Genna, Jim Genna, Pete Genna, Tony Genna and Mike Genna - were in direct competition with O’Banion and his followers for control of bootlegging territories.

Chicago gang leader O'Bannion
O’Banion reportedly appealed to Torrio to intercede in his quarrel with the Gennas but was not satisfied with the response. As a result, he offered to sell Torrio his share in the Sieben’s beer brewery located at 1464-78 N. Larrabee, which he knew was soon to be raided, for $500,000 to John Torrio and when Torrio takes 19 may 1924 a look at the brewery police arrives and arrested Torrio, Louis Alterie, and Hymie Weiss. Chicago police raided the brewery arresting thirty-one bootleggers, including Torrio, and recovered 128,500 gallons of beer.

Not much later O’Bannion had his men hijack a load of whiskey from the Genna brothers.

Albert Anselmi and John Scalise left Italy together, sometime around 1920, fleeing murder charges. In September 1924 Anselmi and Scalise arrive in the US and ended up in Chicago and went to work for the Gennas.

O’Banion testimonial dinner at Webster Hotel
O’Banion was so important to ward politics that he once was given a testimonial dinner in early November 1924(a few days before the election) at the Webster Hotel attended by Chicago Commissioner of Public Works Albert Sprague, mayor candidate and Cook County Clerk Robert Schweitzer, and Chicago’s Chief of Detectives Michael Hughes. Dion O’Bannion meets with his gang in the restaurant of the Webster Hotel at 2150 n Lincoln Park West, attendees were Hymie Weiss, Moran, Louis Alterie (president of the Theatre and Building Janitor’s Union), Cornelius P Con Shea (secretary of Alterie’s union), Frank Gusenberg, Maxie Eisen (an union boss and leader of O’Bannion’s distillery), Jerry O’Connor (gambling boss and vice president of Alterie’s union), William Scott Stewart (Alterie’s lawyer), Vincent Drucci, the democrat Albert A Sprague, mayor candidate Robert M Sweitzer and Chicago chief of detectives Michael Hughes and police lieutenant Charles Egan (?? Charles Evans??). They speak about the coming elections in November.

Chicago boss O'Bannion
3 November 1924 Al Capone (left), Frank Nitti, Frank Maritote, Frank Rio confront Dion O’Bannion, Hymie Weiss and Vincent Drucci about the brewery. Dion tells them to go, after which Torrio, Capone and the Genna’s start to plan his murder.

Chicago’s Unione Siciliano boss Mike Merlo (44) dies
8 November 1924 dies Chicago’s Unione Siciliano boss Mike Merlo (44 of 433 Diversy Parkway).

Chicago’s Unione Siciliana boss Angelo Genna
Chicago’s Unione Siciliana boss becomes Angelo Genna

Chicago’s North side gang boss Dion O'Bannion (32)
10 November 1924 O’Bannion was first visited in his shop by James “Jim” Genna, Carmen Vacco and Pete Pizzo

Chicago’s North side gang boss Dion O'Bannion (32) killed
10 November 1924 Francesco Uale and the killers Anselmi and Scalise go to O’Bannion’s Schofield flower shop at 738 N. State Street to get a floral piece for Merlo's funeral. Anselmi and Scalise shake O’Bannion's hands and keep a hold on them after which Yale fires 6 bullets into O'Bannion. The suspects of ordering the murder were none other than the Genna brothers, working at the direction of Torrio and Capone.

Francesco Uale questioning in Chicago
When Yale wants to enter the train back to New York, police question him with his bodyguard Sam Pollaccia.

In the O’Bannion murder was also questioned Dominic Nuccio


Capone and chauffeur Barton attacked by North side gang of Weiss
12 January 1925 Weiss and his men attack Al Capone but only his chauffeur Sylvester Barton got wounded. Capone’s chauffeur became Thomas Ciringione aka Tommy Rossi
Capone chauffeur Thomas Ciringione aka Tommy Rossi

Torrio wounded
23 January 1925 Johnny Torrio stood trial for violating the prohibition act because of the Sieben brewery arrest. He pled guilty, thinking it safer to spend some time in the relative safety of a jail cell, while Capone and his boys settled business with the remaining O'Bannions. Federal Judge Robert Cliffe cooperated with Torrio's wishes by finding the little hood guilty and sentencing him to prison. However, he allowed Torrio five days to get his house in order before he had to begin his sentence. The next day, Torrio and wife spent the afternoon shopping. Since their own car was in for repairs, they borrowed Jake Guzak's Lincoln and a driver from Capone, Robert Barton. Silvester Barton, Capone's regular driver had been wounded in a driving-by shooting a few weeks before. At dusk, the couple returned to their expensive third floor apartment at 7011 Clyde Avenue and began to unload packages from the trunk. Anne Torrio walked ahead of Barton and her husband to hold open the apartment house door. At that second, a black limo slowly drove up out of the dark and unleashed a barrage of bullets, which filled the two men full of holes. Torrio was hit in the jaw and ribs. Barton was hit in both legs. Seconds later two men leaped out of the car and fired more shots into Torrio, one in the right arm, the other straight in the balls while two other gunners fired from inside the limo, shooting up what was left of Jake Guzak's Lincoln town car. One of the shooters walked over to Torrio's body and held a .45 to his temple and pulled the trigger but the gun jammed or it was empty. Before he could finish his work, the limo driver blasted his horn and the shooters leaped inside the car and disappeared into the night. Ann Torrio dragged Johnny into the lobby of the building and an ambulance was called. Although a teenage boy who had witnessed the shooting later claimed that Bugs Moran was the shooter whose gun jammed over Torrio's temple, the police picked Bugs up for questioning but let him go because he could account for his whereabouts.

Torrio recovered from his wounds within three weeks and left the Jackson Park Hospital. That same day, February 19, 1925, he appeared before the Federal Judge and was sentenced to nine months in the Lake County jail at Waukegan and fined $5,000.

Chicago boss Torrio retires to New York
Torrio called a meeting between his lawyers and Capone's lawyers at the County jail in March of 1925. The meeting was called so that Torrio could resign from the organization he had built and leave it to Capone. After his sentence was completed, Johnny Torrio left Chicago for New York and never looked back.
Chicago boss Al Capone


Ralph Capone and Pete Pizzo
6 April 1925 Ralph Capone and Pete Pizzo beat up Congress Park policeman Fred Youngworth in Cicero

On April 6, 1925, there was a police raid on Torrio’s offices at 2146 South Michigan Ave., Chicago (gang headquarters at the time). Burnham mayor John Patton (his son is James Patton) was arrested along with Robert Larry McCullough, Frank Nitti, Leo Clark, Joseph Piza, Joe Fusco, Anthony Arasso, and Phillip Kimmle.

William Raggio
William Raggio had 27 June 1925 shot and killed the afro American men Evans Kirby (32) and George Lacey (43) in a saloon holdup with Paul Swain and Leroy Carter.

Burnham mayor Patton and Capone invested in Hawthorne Kennel Club (dog racing) with Edward J. O’Hare

Thomas Keene
Thomas Keene was stockholder in the Laramie Kennel Club and Hawthorne Kennel Club and had interests in Sportspark in Cicero

Thomas Keene
Thomas Keene headed the International Totalizer Co. and was also major stockholder in the Multnomah (dogs) Kennel Club at Denver

Thomas Keene
Thomas Keene his attorney William Hornblower was president of the California Jockey Club

Thomas Keene
Thomas Keene (56) was blown up 4 February 1952 by a bomb in his Cadillac

Burnham Wood
Johnny Patton also ran a country club called Burnham Wood. The club opened in 1925 and featured a nine-hole golf course, which developed a following among Capone and his men.

Fairview dog track was under the influence of the Bugs Moran gang


Chicago’s Unione Siciliano president "Bloody" Angelo Genna (27) Killed
Weiss turned his attention to the brothers Angelo Genna, Mike Genna, Tony Genna, Jim Genna, Peter Genna and Sam Genna who also were in on the murder of O'Bannion. On March 25, 1925, while driving his shiny, new, $6,000 roadster south on Ogden Avenue, "Bloody Angelo" Genna was followed by gangsters Hymie Weiss, "Bugs" Moran, and Vincent "The Schemer" Drucci. Driving down a central street, Genna came across Moran and several other O'Bannionites who were driving in the opposite direction. Moran ordered the car turned around and chased Genna for a few miles, caught up to Genna's car and fired a folly of shotgun blasts into his head, killing him instantly. When Genna's car ran into a lamppost at the corner of Ogden and Hudson, the trio blasted him with sawed-off shotguns. He died with $30,000 in his pocket that he was going to use to buy a home for his bride of five months. Angelo Genna had followed up Mike Merlo as head of the Unione Siciliano and was now followed up by Samuzzo “Samoots” Amatuna.
Chicago’s Unione Siciliano president Samuzzo "Samoots" Amatuna

Little Italy
13 May 1925 was Joseph Saitta (40) shot and killed

Little Italy
9 July 1925 was Joe Losorelli (30) shot and killed and police sought Peter Saitta

Chicago mobster Mike “the devil” Genna shoots and wounds Moran and Drucci
Moran approached one of the Genna's bodyguards with an offer to set up two of Genna's most lethal gunmen, John Scalise and Albert Anselmi. In exchange for the bribe of a lifetime, Moran wanted the bodyguard to lure the Italians to the corners of Sangamon and Congress streets. The bodyguard agreed to the setup but informed Scalise and Anselmi anyway. On the morning of 9 June 1925, Bugs Moran and "Schemer" Drucci waited in their car for the Italians to arrive, when suddenly a black limousine swung by their car and filled it with shotgun pellets, wounding both of the O'Bannionites, who returned fire, but were too shot up to give chase. Instead, they crawled out of the car, limped to a nearby hospital where they stayed for several weeks recuperating from their wounds.

Chicago mobster Mike “the devil” Genna (28) shot and killed by police
Meanwhile, the drive-by limousine, which contained Genna gunmen Mike "the devil" Genna at the wheel and Scalise and Anselmi on guns in the back seat, speeded down the street and almost sideswiped an unmarked police car carrying Irish American police detective Michael Conway, rookie William Sweeny, officer Charles Walsh and another officer, Harold Olson. Recognizing Mike Genna, the policemen gave chase through the city streets at 70 miles an hour, finally overtaking the gangsters' limousine after it smashed into a telephone pole. The three gangsters hopped out of the car, shotguns in hand. The squad car pulled up a few seconds later and Detective Conway leaped out and was cut down first. Next the hoodlums killed Walsh and Olson, leaving only the rookie cop, Sweeny unwounded to shoot it out. Sweeny covered himself behind the squad car and fired several shots at the gangsters who fired back and then fled across an empty field. Sweeny gave chase. Anselmi and Scalise disappeared into a nearby alley, leaving their boss Mike Genna alone to shoot it out with the Detective Sweeny. Out of breath, Genna stopped and turned on the oncoming cop and raised his shotgun and pulled the trigger only to find both barrels empty. Sweeny fired off a blast into Genna's leg and the bullet lodged in a main artery. He died a few minutes later. Anselmi and Scalise were arrested a short time later, trying to escape on a railroad car.

Chicago mobster Tony "the gentleman" Genna (30) killed
Tony “the gentleman” Genna went out 8 July 1925 to his capo Giuseppe Nerone “Tony Spano” but Nerone had betrayed him to the gang of Weiss, Tony was kept there while talking to Nerone. Tony Genna was gunned down in a grocery store when he shook the hand of his associate Giuseppe Nerone "Tony Spano", Moran and Drucci came up behind him and shot him through the head. Tony was buried next to his brother Mike Genna in Mount Carmel Cemetery.

17 July 1925 was Joseph Novello wounded and Tony Campagna killed. (connected to the 3 Genna Murders??)

Salvatore Amatuna
Salvatore Amatuna was the owner of the Bluebird café.

Chicago’s Unione Siciliano president Amatuna
Amatuna was engaged with Rose Pecorara the sister in law of the late Mike Merlo.

Chicago’s Unione Siciliano president Amatuna killed
Gangster "Smoots" Amatuna, 26, was shot and killed at Isadore Paul's barbershop at 805 Roosevelt Rd. on November 10, 1925. The killers were reported to be Vincent "The Schemer" Drucci and Jim Doherty (a killer for the brothers Klondike and Myles O’Donnell). Amatuna was the 3th Unione Siciliano president in Chicago to be murdered.
Chicago’s Unione Siciliano president Antonio Lombardo (Capone friend)

Genna enforcers Anselmi and Scalise convicted
11 November 1925 Anselmi and Scalise got convicted to 40 years but the case had still to go to high court and their friends Orazio Tropea and Baldelli start to extort people in the Italian boroughs to raise money for their defense.

Chicago’s Unione Siciliano president Amatuna man Zion killed
Eddie “Zippo” Zion aka Eddie Yanger was killed 17 November 1925. 19 November 1925 was Eddie Zine killed, he was an Italian roadhouse proprietor and friend of the killed Samoots Amatuna

Chicago’s Unione Siciliano president Amatuna man Goldstein killed
20 Novem¬ber 1925 was Abraham "Bummy” Goldstein (23) murdered, he and Eddie Zion had been Amatuna’s most important men.

Nicholi Augustino (44) turned himself in 6 January 1926 and told about murders he had done for the Genna brothers and police can then arrest 3 suspects

Anselmi and Scalise friend Tropea murders Angelo Genna’s brother in law Henry Spingola (26)
Henry Spingola (the brother in law of Angelo Genna) refuses to donate for a second time 10000 dollars and was killed 10 January 1926 by Orazio Tropea who was driven by Ecola Baldelli.

Orazio Tropea had been playing cards with Henry Spingola (the brother in law of Angelo Genna) in Amato’s restaurant on Halsted Street. When Spingola left he was killed and police suspect Tropea

Antonio and Augustino Morici
The Moricis had purchased their Lakeside Place home from Jim Genna

Antonio and Augustino Morici
Antonio and Augustino Morici, whose wholesale grocers business was at 622 Washington Boulevard in Chicago,

Anselmi and Scalise friend Tropea murders the brothers Augustino and Antonio Morici
27 January 1926 Orazio “Scourge” Tropea also kills the brothers Augustino Morici (39) and Antonio Morici when they also refuse to contribute for a second time.

Antonio and Augustino Morici, were killed while driving in their car. Another car came alongside them at Ogden and Lincoln Avenues and they were filled with a volley of bullets.

Anselmi and Scalise friend “Scourge” Tropea (35) killed
15 February 1926 also Orazio “Scourge” Tropea gets killed almost on the spot where Henry Spingola (the brother in law of Angelo Genna) was killed.

Orazio Tropea was originally from NY and among Tropea’s personal belongings police find a note book which contained the names and addresses of Sam Pollaccia (from NY), Sam Lovullo (of Buffalo), James Palese (of Detroit), Sam Pisciatta (of Flint), Vincenzo Piro (of Los Angeles), Louognino (of Pittsburgh), Carmelo Brandina and J. Quattrone

Orazio Tropea’s good friend Philip Gnolfo aka Abate

Alberto Speciale sailed from Havre, France on the SS Suffren on September 5, 1925 and arrived in New York on September 14, 1925. According to the ship’s manifest, he intended to meet up with the Morici Brothers in Chicago. Joseph Gumina filed his petition for naturalization on October 16, 1925. His witnesses were Antonio Regalbute (351 Van Buren) and Giuseppe Alioto (236 Milwaukee Street).

Giovanni Speciale of Bagheria

Murder of Alberto Speciale in Milwaukee??
After being in America only four months, Sicilian war hero and tailor Alberto Speciale, 34, 750 Jackson, was shot by two gunmen on February 17, 1926 at the corner of Lyon and Jackson Streets (in front of 736 Jackson). Speciale was taken to the Emergency Hospital, and on his person was discovered one five dollar bill. Speciale left behind a wife, Anna, along with his parents Giovanni Speciale and Anna D’Amato Speciale. The informant on his death certificate was his cousin Bartolo D’Amato, who lived with Speciale.

Detectives Philipp and Tehan searched Speciale’s residence and found 35 gallons of raw alcohol and three cases of synthetic Three Star Hennessey, along with labels, bottle covers and bottle trimmings. These items were confiscated by the police. The landlord, Rocco Spinetta, was questioned and they found that Speciale had been living there since September when he first came from Italy. Also living with him was a brother and the brother’s wife, but they moved to New York before the shooting. In a drawer, Dieden found an envelope addressed to Antonio Morici, one of two wholesale grocers from Chicago who had been murdered on January 27. Speciale worked for Joseph Lafatto (or LaFata)

24 February 1926 police shot and killed Charles Bunworth. Bunworth was the suspect in the murders of Milwaukee bootlegger Paul Honkvaar and Milwaukee rum runner John Speciali

Anselmi and Scalise friends murder Genna man Vito Bascone
When Genna’s man Vito Bascone fell to his knees and clasped his hands together, begging for mercy, they shot his hands off, before killing him 21 February 1926. Genna’s man Vito Bascone was killed because he had refused to contribute for a third time to the defense of Anselmi and Scalise.

Anselmi and Scalise friend Ecola Baldelli killed
23 February 1926 Vito Bascone his friends kill as revenge Ecola “Eddie” Baldelli (23) and they chop his body to pieces.

Genna man Tony Finalli killed
7 March 1926 Tony Finalli was shot to death.

Genna enforcers Anselmi and Scalise convicted to lighter sentence
Still Anselmi and Scalise get better off when they get at a second trial 14 years.

24 October 1934 was Mrs. Anna Morici shot and wounded when she road in a car with her husband Philip Morici (stockholder in the Chicago Macaroni Company)

Grover Dullard North Side gambling boss


West side gangster Jules Portugese (Portuguese)
West side gangster Jules Portugese (Portuguese) was arrested 17 December 1925 for robbing a NY jewel salesman of 300000 dollars worth of jewels

North side mobster Drucci
Vincent Drucci, his friend Michael “Puggy” White, Frank Gusenberg and Peter Gusenberg were suspected 12 July 1926 of robbing jewels worth 80000 dollars from salesman Wilbur R Brown at the Congress Hotel.

14 July 1926 was West side gangster Jules Portugese (Portuguese) (21) shot and killed, he had been involved in the 80000 dollar holdup the police think. Suspect is Jack McGurn

Capone chauffeur Thomas Ciringione aka Tommy Rossi killed by Chicago North side boss Weiss
3 August 1926 was the body found of Capone’s chauffeur Anthony Curringlone aka Tommy Ross (Rossi) (who had replaced the wounded Sylvester Barton) , he had been abducted over a month earlier.

3 August 1926 labor racketeers shot and killed Landis award trucking contractor Morris Markowitz (55). One witness 29 October 1926 said Roy Tagney, business agent of the Machinery Movers and Riggers' union, shot and killed Morris Markowitz, a Landis award trucking contractor 3 August 1926, at 37th and Princeton avenues. Three other witnesses said Tagney didn’t do it

North side gang boss Weiss
10 August 1926 Weiss and Drucci get attacked when they left Drucci’s room at the Congress Hotel but survive. Louis Barko was arrested as a suspect.

10 August 1926 was NY gunman Louis “Big” Smith shot and killed and the murder is probably related to the murder of Jules Portugese (Portuguese). Smith had been accused of two recent murders in Chicago. Suspect is Jack McGurn

20 August 1926 was Jack McGurn arrested in the possession of a revolver by policemen William Drury, Jim Derrico and John Howe.

It was at the Hawthorne Inn at noon on September 20, 1926, that 8 automobiles filled with Hymie Weiss gangsters, drove slowly past the Inn and poured more than 1,000 bullets from machine-guns, pistols and shotguns into the building. Capone, who was having lunch in a restaurant next door, escaped injury thanks to frank Rio although bullets whizzed over his head as he lay on the floor. Weiss, Moran, Drucci and Frank Gusenberg were among the shooters and even while they fired a 1000 bullets only Louis Barko was wounded.

Cicero mayor Joseph Klenha and police chief Theodore Svoboda
10 October 1926 in Cicero there are warrants issued for several men who had profited from bootlegging like mayor Joseph Klenha, police chief Theodore L Svoboda, Ed Konvalinka and Al Capone the witnesses are saloon owner John Costanaro (a distributor for the Ralph Sheldon gang who was killed in January 1927) from Cicero and barkeeper Santo Celebron who disappeared the next year.

Chicago’s North side gang boss Weiss (28) killed
On October 11, 1926, gangster Hymie Weiss drove up and parked his car on Superior around the corner from Schofield's flower shop where Dion O'Bannion was killed in 1924. He was headed for his office on the second floor of Schofield's at 738 N. State Street. Weiss was hit almost at the curb in front of the flower shop. He fell dead after ten slugs hit him. elevating Schemer Drucci into the gang's leadership position.

Hymie Weiss, Paddy Murray, Sam Peller, W W O Brien (a lawyer) and Benny Jacobs (a politician) leave court (at the other side of the road lays O’Bannion’s flower shop) and are shot at from a driving car. Weiss and Murray don't survive.

October 11, 1926, Accardo and Tough Tony Capezio killed Weiss as he entered his headquarters at 740 North State street near the Holy Name Cathedral.

Police found a golf bag in a room on west superior street after the Weiss murder containing a shotgun and shells (in a picture commissioner John Stege is observing the bag with its contains), naturally Sam “Golf bag “hunt is a suspect in the shooting.

North side boss Drucci
October 17,1926 Vincent Drucci, Julian "Potatoes" Kaufman, and Henry Sork are arrested at Cub's park while viewing the Cardinals-Bears football game.

Matt Kolb
By 1926 Kolb owned a third of the Capone-Guilfoyle's $3,000,000 bootleg beer business. Kolb stayed on with the Martin Guilfoyle gang until after they merged with the Capone organization in mid 1926 and Kolb became then a partner of Touhy

William Raggio killed in Cicero
20 November 1926 was William Raggio (30) found shot and killed in Cicero.

North side boss Drucci
December 2,1926 Vincent Drucci is arrested with Benjamin Sorge at Sheridan road and Belmont avenue. Drucci was charged with impersonating a government agent and trying to confiscate beer in a garage by slugging the attendant there.

6 January 1927 was the body found of Theodore “The Greek” Anton (his wife is Irene Tourla or Turla) and he had disappeared 28 November 1926. Suspect is Jack McGurn

In January 1927 was a friend of the killed Jules Portugese (Portuguese) shot (Theodore Anton??)

20th ward politician Albert J. Prignano aka "Al" Prignano
Prignano (born circa1892) became a member of the Chicago City Council (20th Ward) in 1927 and served till 1929

20th ward politician Albert J. Prignano aka "Al" Prignano
In Prignano’s ward was the Weiss- Moran gang

North side boss Drucci killed by police
Drucci starts to intimidate the political bosses and was arrested by police, in the police car Drucci was executed by agent Danny Healy. Gangster Vincent "The Schemer" Drucci, was killed on April 4, 1927, by Detective Daniel Healy at the corner of Clark and Wacker Drive. His services were held at Sbabardo's Funeral Parlor at 738 N. Wells
At the funeral are Moran, Maxie Eisen, Frank and Peter Gusenberg, Julian Kaufman, Bennie Jacobs, John O’Berta, Jim Fur Sammons, Al Capone, Joe Saltis and Frank McErlane.

North side boss “Bugs” Moran
Drucci was followed up by Bugs Moran. Moran was the new leader and gathers all Capone's enemies around him like William Skidmore, Barney Bertsche, Jack Zuta and Joseph Aiello (the latest had taken over with his brothers Joseph, Dominick, Antonio and Andrew the old Genna gang).

Subway Resort owner Frank Noonan (54) killed
22 December 1927 was Frank Noonan (54) killed, he was the owner of the Subway Resort at 2358 West Lake Street (center of Skidmore- Bertsche area)

North Side/Rush Street boss Vincent Benevento

Rosario Priolo aka Ross Prio
Chicago hoodlum Rosario Priolo aka Ross Prio was born 10 May 1900 near Palermo.

Rosario Priolo aka Ross Prio
In 1929 Ross Prio his record began (previous record destroyed by court order) when he was arrested with Dominic “Little Libby” Nuccio in connection with a discovered still.


Gangsters George "Bugs" Moran, Henry Gusenberg, and optometrist Reinhardt Schwimmer all lived at the Parkway Hotel at 2100 Lincoln Park West at the time of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929.

13 February 1929 George Moran gets phoned from Detroit by Abe Bernstein the leader of the Purple gang who offers Moran a cheap load of whiskey that will be delivered the next day in a garage at 2122 North Clark street. 14 February Moran’s men Pete Gusenberg, John May, Al Weins¬hank, James Clark (Moran’s brother in law), Adam Heyer, Frank Gusenberg and their friend Dr Rein¬hart H Schwimmer wait in the garage for the load. Then there arrive 2 agents who line up the men against a wall after which 2 men arrive with machineguns and start to systematically shoot the 7 men. Moran escaped because he sat in a car with Willie Marks (later killed) and Ted Newberry (later killed) and arrived to late and saw the agents enter. He thought they were real cops and they went away not to be arrested.

It gets known as the St Valentine's Massacre and police get to know that Purple gang members Harry Keywell, Phil Keywell, George F Lewis and Eddie Fletcher possibly had stand on the look out because their faces were unknown in Chicago. One of the killers had been Fred Burke who belonged to the Capone murder crew in which also were part Fred Goetz (George Ziegler), Gus Winkler and Raymond “Crane Neck” Nugent and Claude Maddox.

Also John Scalise, Albert Anselmi, Anthony Accardo, Jack McGurn, Joseph Lolordo and James Ray (a member of St Louis Egan”s Rats) were suspected.

A telephone call for “Frank” was traced to a hotel where police arrested the surviving brother Henry Gusenberg and their brother in law Patrick “Paddy” king.

Vincenzo de Mora, alias "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn and Joseph Lolordo were arrested for questioning. Lolordo was the brother of Pasquilino Lolordo, the Unione Siciliana president whose murder Moran had engineered. Also arrested were Capone gunmen, Albert Anselmi and John Scalise.

Anthony "Tough Tony" Capezio aka Tony Reno
Always suspected in having handled a machinegun in the 1929 massacre. Is owner of the Circus Cafe.

Anthony "Tough Tony" Capezio aka Tony Reno
Capezio was torch cutting February 22, 1929, a massacre getaway car in a garage near the Circus Cafe when the gas canister in the engine exploded and burnt his hands and arms. Inside the garage, firemen found a black Cadillac touring car which had been partly demolished with an acetylene torch and a hacksaw. The Cadillac was later identified as the car used in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre on north Clark Street just eight days before. The car used in the murders was found in a garage at 1723 N. Wood, around the corner from the Circus Cafe, headquarters of the Circus Cafe Gang of which McGurn was a member.

One of the Tommy guns had been sold to James “Bozo” Shupe (35) (brother of Tommy Shupe who was serving a sentence for participating in the 80000 dollars International Harvester payroll robbery 5 march 1926 and which was probably led by James “Fur” Sammons, the Gusenberg brothers and White)

James “Bozo” Shupe (35) and Thomas McNichols (37) shot and killed each other in a fire fight 31 July 1929 while wounded was George Riggins.

Sheridan Wave Tournament Club closed
Julian "Potatoes" Kaufman and Moran operated the casino the Sheridan Wave Tournament Club. After the February 1929 Valentine massacre was the club raided and locked up for two years.

Moran ’s gang still had Frank Foster (the brother of John Citro), Ted Newberry, James Red Forsyth (now Moran’s topkiller), Grover C Dullard (former body guard of Terry Druggan), Simon Gorman, Frank Noonan, Julien Kaufman, Joe Josephs and Jack Zuta.

Casino The Plantation
In the casino The Plantation, outside of Chicago, on May 7, 1929, during a dinner-meeting of the Syndicate, Capone beat to death three of his men with a baseball bat, John Scalise, Albert Anselmi, and Joseph Giunta. They were found along a roadside days later. They had been shot by Jack McGurn, three times each, in the back of the head.

Proposed Unione Siciliano boss Giunta killed
7 May 1929 Al Capone gives a party in a restaurant to honor his killers killers Albert Anselmi and John Scalise (also Joseph Giunta from New York attended). Giunta was going to be the Unione Siciliano boss in chicago. While Capone talks, Anselmi, Scalise and Giunta get grabbed by Frank Rio, Jack McGurn and others. Capone and Accardo get baseball bats and start to beat in the skulls of the 3 men. Rio and McGurn give the 3 some bullets through the head to finish them off after which they dump the bodies behind the restaurant where they were found the next day. Joseph Aiello becomes the new boss of the Unione Sicilia¬no.
Unione Siciliana president Joey Aiello

Chicago gangs meeting in Atlantic City
from Chicago came Capone, Jake Guzik, Frank Rio, Frank Nitti, McErlane and Saltis to the Breakers Hotel in Atlantic City. they decide that Frank Erickson and Moe Annenberg (who came in the company of Capone) will combine the Daily Racing Form with the national telex network so they will have the fastest outcome of the sport results nationally. They called it the Nation Wide New Service. Host was Enoch “Nucky” Johnson the boss of Atlantic City.

16 May 1929 Frank Rio and Capone get arrested after the Atlantic City meeting with pistols in a cinema and get a short sentence.

20th ward politician Albert J. Prignano aka "Al" Prignano defeated
Prignano was threatened with assassination In 1929 when he was a candidate for alderman. He was defeated for re-election as member of Chicago City Council (20th Ward) in 1929 by William V. Pacelli (then a member of the IL House - 17th?), who also happened to be Prignano's cousin


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