Mr. Capone: The Real - and Complete - Story of Al Capone
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All I ever did was to sell beer and whiskey to our best people. All I ever did was to supply a demand that was pretty popular.
Why, the very guys that make my trade good are the ones that yell the loudest about me. Some of the leading judges use the stuff.
When I sell liquor, it's called bootlegging. When my patrons serve it on silver trays on Lake Shore Drive, it's called hospitality.
the posturing and the fuss surrounding it, would have told a visitor from outer space everything worth knowing about Capone’s celebrity and the general state of corruption. With two months off for good behavior, Capone’s (and Rio’s) sentence would expire at midnight, March 16; in theory, he could walk through the little door that opened in Eastern’s massive iron gate at 12:01 A.M., Monday, March 17, 1930, St. Patrick’s Day. How would he get out of town? Some reports made reservations for him,
Kathleen, and James DeVico, an otherwise obscure friend of Capone’s, became godparents to Albert Francis Capone. Since Capone would soon marry Mae willingly (it’s hard to imagine how an honest construction worker could enforce a shotgun marriage on a killer), why didn’t he do it before the birth of Sonny, as the boy would always be called? The answer is lost. But Capone did hurry the process, seeking dispensation to skip the publishing of banns. December 30, 1918, eight days after he baptized
Capone had gotten hold of a copy and had told Heitler he was through. When such a letter surfaced, months later, it asserted that Capone had told Jack Zuta that Jake Lingle was a double-crosser who “is going to get his.” It accused Mangano and Frankie Rio of killing Zuta—with no mention of Danny Stanton. The letter supposedly had been dictated by Heitler, who was illiterate, to Emily Mulcher, who was nearly so. She said he had dictated such a letter, about eight months before his murder, but had
they picked up McGurn MDN 4/1/30; convicted: MDN 6/26/30, 7/3/30 Twelve days later…Albert’s MH 4/12/30; MDN 4/12,16/30 “I am here for a rest” MH 4/21/30 “a place frequented” “BILL FOR INJUNCTION AND TO ABATE NUISANCE,” Chancery case 30110 sampled…Havana MDN 4/30/30 [arrest, May 8] Except as noted, source is transcript of testimony in Chancery case 30276, a hearing to determine the merit of Capone’s criminal charge against Miami officials and James Cox for conspiracy and false
outfit’s headquarters. Collins raided and padlocked it. That created no overwhelming problem; they had subsidiary headquarters in the Pershing Hotel at Sixty-fourth and Cottage Grove. But the trend was unsettling. Torrio offered Collins $1,000 a day to lay off, soon upping it to $100,000 a month. Another outfit offered $5 a barrel on 250 barrels a day just for permission to move the beer. Collins said no to everyone, even shutting down two hundred bookie joints owned by Mont Tennes, an oldtime