American Gangsters, Then and Now. An Encyclopedia by Nate Hendley

By Nate Hendley

American Gangsters, Then and Now: An Encyclopedia levels from Western outlaws respected as Robin Hoods to the Depression's flamboyant bootleggers and financial institution robbers to the past due twentieth century's drug kingpins and "Dapper Dons." it's the first accomplished source at the gangster's historic evolution and unshakable grip at the American imagination.American Gangsters, Then and Now tells the tales of a couple of well-known gangsters and gangs—Jesse James and Billy the child, the Black Hand, Al Capone, Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels, the Mafia, Crips and Bloods, and extra. fending off sensationalism, the simple entries contain biographical images and historic historical past for every topic, in addition to bills of notorious robberies, killings, and different occasions, all good documented with either archival newspapers and broad study into the documents of the FBI. Readers will comprehend the households, the locations, and the days that produced those enormous criminals, in addition to the general public attitude that frequently stumbled on them sympathetic and heroic.

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St. John learned that many of the working girls had been lured to the city from farms and small towns by fast-talking con men promising legitimate work. Once in Chicago, the girls were brutalized and forced to turn tricks. They usually only lasted a few years on the job before becoming too damaged from disease, drink, and drugs to be of any value to the Capone/Torrio organization. At that point, the girls would be cut loose and forced to fend for themselves. When Capone read all this in print, he was beside himself with rage.

He moved to Baltimore and worked as a bookkeeper for a construction firm. Capone did well in this position. He had a good head for numbers and was a reliable employee. On November 14, 1920, Gabriele Capone died of heart disease at age 55. Following his father’s death, Capone renewed his friendship with Johnny Torrio. By this point, Torrio was well ensconced in the Chicago criminal underworld. Torrio urged Capone to give up bookkeeping and move to Chicago to work with him. Were his father still alive, Capone might have turned Torrio down.

A posse of seventy-nine officials, some in uniform and many in plain clothes, raced to Cicero in a caravan of unmarked cars. Frank Capone happened to be walking about on the street when the heavily armed flotilla arrived in town. There is some confusion about what happened next. Police claim that Frank pulled a gun on them, which was entirely possible given that most of the cops weren’t in uniform and might have been mistaken for members of another gang. The peace officers opened fire with their own weapons, and Frank Capone was cut down.

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