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Al Capone and other Gangster related books



ULTIMATE IN CAPONE BOOKS

Many people ask "What Capone book should be the one I get to better understand Al Capone?" To me there are ONLY three Capone bios that are a must have, and three additional others that should compliment the collection! The major points being his rise and his downfall.



Excellent book on Capone by John Kobler. First indepth research into Al and the gangster players of that era. No internet back then, so lots of leg work! (1971)





The Bootleggers by Kenneth Allsop. (1961)
Amazing details into the Chicago beer wars and it's various gangs.
A must have and was the book that got me hooked!





Robert Schoenberg's Mr. Capone is top notch in my book. He revises Kobler's research and was guided by top historians in his work on Capone. Please note that no book will ever be without error. (1992).





Fred Pasley's bio on Al Capone. Al okayed the book and is not too incriminating towards Al. It's a must have in any library mainly because the book was written during that era when Al was still king. (1930)








The trial of Al Capone. (1933) Amazing self published book by Mr. Robert Ross that explains and gives us a first hand account of the happenings at Al's income tax trial.
Featured are the players on both sides of the famous tax case.





Frank Spiering's awesome work on the government's efforts to bring down Al Capone Featured is the unsung hero,Treasury agent Frank Wilson and his courageous efforts to get Capone behind bars, as ordered to him by President Hoover.
(1976)





Forget the Johnny come latelys, Hoffman was one of the first in debunking the myth that Eliot Ness and the Untouchables nailed Al Capone. His excellent study reveals that a small group of Chicago businessmen that outsmarted Capone and saw a parallel for modern society in this movement against corruption and organized crime.
Hoffman reconstructs privately sponsored citizen initiatives directed at nailing Capone. These private ventures included prosecuting the gangsters responsible for election crimes during the Pineapple Primary; establishing a crime lab to assist in gang-busting; underwriting the costs of the investigation of the Jake Lingle murder; stigmatizing Capone; and protecting the star witnesses for the prosecution during the pretrial period of Capone’s income tax evasion case.
(1993)
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1993.

About the Author
Dennis F. Hoffman is an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and once had personal files from the Capone prosecution that belonged to George E.Q. Johnson.





Al Capone's Beer Wars:
 A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago during Prohibition
(June 2017)


Although much has been written about Al Capone, there has not been--until now--a complete history of organized crime in Chicago during Prohibition. This exhaustively researched book covers the entire period from 1920 to 1933. Author John J. Binder, a recognized authority on the history of organized crime in Chicago, discusses all the important bootlegging gangs in the city and the suburbs and also examines the other major rackets, such as prostitution, gambling, labor and business racketeering, and narcotics.

A major focus is how the Capone gang -- one of twelve major bootlegging mobs in Chicago at the start of Prohibition--gained a virtual monopoly over organized crime in northern Illinois and beyond. Binder also describes the fight by federal and local authorities, as well as citizens' groups, against organized crime. In the process, he refutes numerous myths and misconceptions related to the Capone gang, other criminal groups, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and gangland killings.

What emerges is a big picture of how Chicago's underworld evolved during this period. This broad perspective goes well beyond Capone and specific acts of violence and brings to light what was happening elsewhere in Chicagoland and after Capone went to jail.

Based on 25 years of research and using many previously unexplored sources, this fascinating account of a bloody and colorful era in Chicago history will become the definitive work on the subject.


About the Author
John J. Binder, Ph.D., is the author of two previous books on organized crime and has appeared in interviews on and served as an expert consultant for documentaries on the mob shown on the A & E and AMC cable networks and on the Discovery Channel and the History Channel. He has also given numerous interviews on the subject for newspapers, magazines, and radio and television news programs. He lectures frequently on organized crime in Chicago. He is associate professor emeritus of finance in the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Available at all fine online bookstores

Other books by Mr. Binder


The Chicago Outfit

by John Binder
Written by TheChicagoutfit.com's own John Binder. This is the book that all of our site users have been waiting for.

Book summary:
Containing approximately 20000 words and 180 photos, The Chicago Outfit is the only complete history of the Mob in Chicago -- from the late 1800s to the present. It includes a variety of new information on the subject, debunking a number of the myths that have arisen about organized crime in Chicago, and concludes with an evaluation of why the Outfit has been the most successful of the Cosa Nostra families and why it has declined since the 1950s.

Many of the photos are unique and are published here for the first time, including photos showing prominent Chicago gangsters at relaxation as well as mug shots, line-up pictures and death scenes.

If you would like an author signed copy, please send $23.00 ($20 cover price plus S+H for U. S. addresses -- S+H (airmail) is more for other countries) to:

John Binder
1422 N. Monroe
River Forest, IL 60305,

along with your address and who the book should be inscribed to.

Thanks much,
John Binder
Email: wsidejack@yahoo.com




New non gangster Book by Mr. John J. Binder.

THE GIRL WHO APPLIED EVERYWHERE


THE GIRL WHO APPLIED EVERYWHERE
Sarah Jennings, a student at fictional Oak Stream high school just west of Chicago, has a problem. She's terrified that she might not get into an elite university. So she decides to apply to the top 100 colleges in the country -- plus her safety school.
But the craziness is just beginning as Sarah tackles this Herculean task the fall semester of her senior year. When not helping her, Sarah's best friends Rob Taylor and Carrie Wilson deal with their own issues. Carrie's overbearing mother decided at birth that she would attend MIT, where the family has been schooled for generations, even though Carrie has serious doubts about going there. Rob, who has already applied to nine schools, embraces his Potawatomi heritage midway through the fall and legally changes his name to Running Elk Taylor. He then reapplies to the same schools as a Native American while resubmitting the otherwise identical paperwork.
Spring semester is a whirl of bizarre campus visits along with the anxiety of waiting to hear from the universities, which are making their own very surreal decisions behind closed doors. But things are not any easier once the trio learns where they have been accepted because they still have to decide which school to attend. In the end, they and their circle of friends all find the place that is right for them, as opposed to what other people think is right, and learn a bit about life and themselves in the process. Which gives the story several morals that will make college applicants, as well as their parents, teachers and guidance counselors, look at the process in a completely different way.

John Binder is a professor and former administrator at a university in the Chicago area. His previous book, The Chicago Outfit (Arcadia Publishing, 2003), deals with rackets other than higher education. This book was written partly to help put his children through college.



PRAISE FOR THE GIRL WHO APPLIED EVERYWHERE

“Imaginative writing is reflected in a not so far-fetched humorous story that many of us could easily identify with as we watched our own kids make college decisions.” - Emanuel D. Pollack, Senior Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago
“It’s Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? meets Confederacy of Dunces -- with some Sixteen Candles, Animal House and even Three Stooges thrown in for good measure. Which equals a ton of laughs. Ultimately though the ridiculous accentuates the positive because there’s a moral or two here for not only the college applicants but also their overzealous parents and the people in university admissions.” – Tim Weithers, Associate Director, Graduate Program in Financial Mathematics, University of Chicago.
“John Binder has captured the essence of the college admissions process, from an entirely different angle, and consequently this book is interesting as well as informative. The author uses his experience as both a father, who watched his children apply to college, and as a university administrator, who ran a graduate program including the admissions office, to carefully explore a
complicated subject. There are important points to ponder here, even if you don’t agree with all of them, for anyone who has ever been involved with college applications and admissions, including the overwrought parents of the applicants.

"Some students get bogged down trying to begin their college application procedure, others in selecting the right schools and completing the applications. Institutions get bogged down in various phases of the review, acceptance and admissions decision making. No one will get bogged down reading this book – although you might laugh so hard that you will hurt yourself.” – Walter H. Washington, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs (retired), College of Business Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago.
“Entertaining and thought provoking.” – Jessica Young, History teacher, Oak Park-River Forest High School.
“An interesting glance at the contemporary high school experience.” – Brendan Lee, English teacher, Oak Park-River Forest High School.

ORDER THE GIRL WHO APPLIED EVERYWHERE
To order a signed/inscribed copy directly from the author, please send $18 (includes S&H), along with your name and address and any desired inscription to:

John J. Binder
1422 Monroe Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305

Please allow 14 days for delivery.
Questions? Contact the author at wsidejack@yahoo.com
The book is also available in both printed and electronic form at Amazon.com.



A KILLING IN CAPONE’S PLAYGROUND:
THE TRUE STORY OF THE HUNT FOR THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE
 By author Chriss Lyon  

“Bloody Chicago” was the name given to America’s most corrupt city after the grotesque scene that left seven humans embedded into masonry walls and oil-slickened concrete. Two Thompson submachine guns did the majority of the damage but the masterminds behind the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre escaped. Ten months later on December 14, 1929, St. Joseph, Michigan Police Officer Charles Skelly working a routine traffic crash came face to face with a killer. Shots were fired, the assailant escaped and the dying Officer Skelly identified his murderer before taking his last breath. The trail led to a home in Stevensville, Michigan where authorities found an arsenal of weaponry, over $300,000 worth of stolen bonds, bulletproof vests, and two Thompson submachine guns. The hideout belonged to Fred Burke, a highly sought suspect in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and now the most wanted man in the nation.

The “backwash of bloody Chicago” had made its way into the rural neighborhoods of Southwestern Michigan and Northern Indiana. Citizens who turned a blind eye to crime, helped create “Capone’s Playground,” an environment abundant in all that is illegal and immoral.

Using never before published police reports, interviews with family members of key witnesses, and leading experts, historian Chriss Lyon establishes the foundation for what would develop as a haven for gangsters from the onset of the Prohibition Era through to the mid-twentieth century, while revealing new information about the eventual capture of notorious gangster Fred “Killer” Burke.


Available at http://www.in-deptheditions.com/Capone'sPlayground.html


Contact the author at spinaltap@att.net





Author William J. Helmer's
Al Capone and His American Boys: Memoirs of a Mobster's Wife

When her husband was murdered on the orders of Chicago mobster Frank Nitti, Georgette Winkler—wife of one of Al Capone's "American Boys"—set out to expose the Chicago Syndicate. After an attempt to publish her story was squelched by the mob, she offered it to the FBI in the mistaken belief that they had the authority to strike at the racketeers who had killed her husband Gus. Discovered 60 years later in FBI files, the manuscript describes the couple’s life on the run, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre (Gus was one of the shooters), and other headline crimes of that period. Prepared for publication by mob expert William J. Helmer, Al Capone and His American Boys is a compelling contemporary account of the heyday of Chicago crime by a woman who found herself married to the mob.


About the Author:
William J.Helmer has spent many years doing Magazine work, freelance writing. He holds a Master's degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin and had a stint on the National Commission on the causes and prevention of Violence. He settled down for a while in Chicago becoming Senior Editor at Playboy magazine. He then authored and co-authored many a book on the gangster and desperadoes of the 20's and thirties. He now lives in Bourne,Texas.


Available via Amazon


Other books by and Co-authored by Bill Helmer



During Prohibition, Chicago’s Beer Wars turned the city into a battleground, secured its reputation as gangster capital of the world, and laid the foundation for nationally organized crime. Bootlegger bloodshed was greater there than anywhere else.
The machine-gun murders of seven men on the morning of February 14, 1929, by killers dressed as cops became the gangland "crime of the century.




Helmer/Girardin book and Depp.
(Depp photo Chicago Tribune)

Dillinger: The Untold Story--The Expanded Edition by
Girardin & Helmer. (Rick Mattix) Paperback, Indiana University
Press, 377 pgs. Released March 1, 2005
Updated classic with nearly forty pages of new info
uncovered by Bill & me With a Little Help From Our
Friends. Great new stuff on Dillinger's tommy guns,
Sandy's Dillinger Terraplane, the Crown Point &
Columbus jailbreaks, gravesites of gang members,
interconnections of Dillinger and Barker-Karpis gangs
with Capone syndicate and others, lotsa previously
unrecorded Dillinger facts and folklore, and even the
possible survival of one gang member long reported
dead.
http://iupress.indiana.edu/
1-800-842-6796

While researching a book on Depression-era outlaws, Playboy editor William J. Helmer stumbled upon a 600-page manuscript on John Dillinger. Written in the 1930s by G. Russell Girardin but never published, Dillinger: The Untold Story is a remarkable contemporary account of Dillinger's life and crimes, based in part on information given to Girardin by the outlaw's lawyer, Louis Piquett, not long after Dillinger's death. Though a series of articles by Girardin and Piquett appeared in the Hearst newspapers at the time, the big book manuscript remained yellowing on the shelf for half a century until Helmer met Girardin and agreed to help get it into print. Here at last is the inside story on the famous 'wooden gun' jailbreak, Dillinger's ties to 'The Lady in Red' and the East Chicago policeman who was her lover and one of his killers, the charges that some of Dillinger's bank robberies were prearranged with the banks, and Dillinger's contacts with Al Capone's Chicago Syndicate. Packed with illustrations and new information from FBI files and other sources, Dillinger: The Untold Story is an authentic slice of American history and a feast for true crime buffs. Taken from www.amazon.com



The Gun That Made The Twenties Roar copyright 1969 by The Gun room press
This book is a must for all gangster and gun enthusiasts.It shows the beginnings of the Thompson from it's inception to it's bloody past from gangster warefare and to later glory in the korean war.

The Quotable Al Capone
The Chicago typewriter co and Mad Dog Press.1990 by Mark Levell and Bill Helmer.
Lists many quotes Capone is noted for and has dates and lists of Public enemies,gangs and crimes in Chicago.

By William Helmer with Rick Mattix
In the stormy decades between 1920 and 1940, America's cities as well as its rural areas were introduced to a new breed of lawlessness the Gangster. Public Enemies: America's Criminal Past details hard-to-find statistics, narratives, and lore, as well as the vivid personalities that roamed the country during this period.
Filled with more than 70 illustrations and editorial cartoons that capture the attitudes of the era, Public Enemies reveals the nature of U.S. crime and criminals during this time, with particular attention to Prohibition bootleggers, Depression Era outlaws, and the first nationwide "war on crime." Great Book!!!!


Author Rick Mattix holding thompson used in the St.Valentine's day massacre



New  By Steven Nickel with Bill Helmer

Book Description
Lester Joseph Gillis-better known to the public and press of the 1930s as Baby Face Nelson-was one of a succession of public enemies beginning with John Dillinger and progressing to Bonnie and Clyde, Ma Barker, Machine Gun Kelly, and Pretty Boy Floyd. For decades their stories were largely myths, containing a combination of popular folklore and carefuly crafted FBI fables.
In recent years historians have generated a more factual look at the life and times of the various Depression-era desperados. Until now Baby Face Nelson has remained as enigmatic and one-dimensional as he was then, portrayed by J. Edgar Hoover and newsmen as a trigger-happy punk who looked like a choirboy and killed without a conscience. Finally the full story of his short life can be told.
Using new information that comes from the formerly classified files of the FBI, the Nelson who emerges from the pages of Baby Face Nelson: Portrait of a Public Enemy is a more paradoxical and interesting figure than one might expect. Obviously addicted to crime in his youth and evidently intoxicated with violence near the end of his life, he came from an ordinary, honest middle-class family. In a surprising departure from the gangster norm, Nelson and his wife remained fiercely devoted to one another, and between holdups they often lived a quiet domestic life with their two children and, at times, Nelson's mother.
The main focus of this biography is on Nelson's remarkable criminal career, from sensational bank robberies and blazing gun battles up to his death at the age of twenty-five. Many misconceptions are corrected and some of the abuses of the FBI are exposed. from www.amazon.com

Also written by Bill Helmer.

Helmer, William J.  2000 "The Madman in the Tower." In Texas Crime Chronicles. New York: Warner Books.(Book about Charles Whitman the mad sniper who killed students with a rifle from a tower in Texas).




The rest of the Capone titles out there are pretty much books you can do without. Most have rehashed stuff with a few new photos, or one or two informatical tidbits, but not really worth the investment.
If you do insist on having other Capone related books in your collection, you should definitely seek out these books at a page I have here






Other exciting Gangster related books

These exciting books are now out and are a must read. They are written by authors who are dedicated to their craft. Please support them. Got a book coming out? Want it placed here? Send me a copy for review and if it meets my criteria, I will post it.



Author and organized crime historian Matthew Luzi has been pursuing true crime history in Chicago Heights for more than 25 years. He has contributed to A&E’s biography of Al Capone, the History Channel’s “Rogue’s Gallery” program
and has been acknowledged in published works by John Binder, Art Bilek, and Mars Eghigian.
Highly recommended! order here at Amazon!


 Pat Downey's Legs Diamond book
From Amazon: With a knack for beating the rap and surviving the bullets of his enemies, Jack "Legs" Diamond was the quintessential Prohibition era gangster. Both cunning and daring, Jack rose to the top of the criminal elite but because of his stubbornness, treachery and poor decision making he lost it all; his friends, his money and finally his life.

Legs Diamond is the most comprehensive biography yet written on New York's most famous gangster. The book covers Legs' youth in Philadelphia, his ascension through the New York City underworld and his inevitable demise in a cheap boarding house. Along the way, the many myths and untruths that have been written about Diamond over the years are corrected.

Detailed in the book are:
- Full accounts of all four attempts on his life.
- The war between Diamond and his one time protégé Dutch Schultz,
- The almost assassination of Legs' brother Eddie.
- The famous Hotsy-Totsy murder case.
- Diamond's ill-fated trip to Europe to purchase drugs.
Available via Amazon

Gangs of St. Louis
Men of Respect
Author Daniel Waugh is a history buff with a particular interest in the history of crime in the greater St. Louis, his hometown.
This is  Mr. Waugh's second and excellent published work on the infamous gangs of St. Louis. Available through the History Press and other fine book outlets. Click on photo to order.





Famous New York Gangsters

Allan R. May
Organized crime and the mob figures who run it have long captured the imagination of the American public, appearing since the early twentieth century as characters in a host of popular books, movies, and television programs. But often what the public knew of such figures and their criminal careers was as much myth as fact. This book offers highly readable, carefully researched biographies that dispel the the myths but preserve the fascination surrounding 10 infamous New York mob leaders of the twentieth century. Each in-depth biography will help interested readers understand how and why each of these men achieved special notariety within the world of organized crime.
Each biography describes the early years of each man, assessing how he came to a criminal career; his rise to prominence within the mob, providing reaction from those who knew him and witnessed his actions; and the last years of his career, assessing why it ended as it did. Each biography is illustrated with a picture of its subject and concludes with a listing of additional information resources, both print and electronic. A detailed subject index provides further access to the large amount of information contained in each biography. A timeline allows readers to quickly and easily track the birth, death, and important events in the life of each mobster.

About the Author:
 Allan R. May has had an interest in organized crime since he saw his first episode of The Untouchables in the early 1960s. Today, May's library contains over 750 books on organized crime. May writing first appeared on the Internet Web site Jerry Capeci's Gangland News in the weekly column entitled This Week in Gang Land. At www.AmericaMafia.com, May wrote a weekly historical column called A Look Back, and later Allan May's Current Mob Report. May's articles also appear on CrimeMagazine.com, and he has contributed nine short stories to Court TV's CrimeLibrary.com. May resides in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife Connie.
Available at Amazon and at every fine bookstore.




A history of organized crime in the city of Warren and Trumbull County, Ohio; featuring stories about the infamous Jungle Inn gambling den, local ganglord Jimmy Munsene, the notorious Farah brothers, Detroit mobster-transplant Frank Cammarata, one-time Cleveland Mafia underboss Anthony "Tony Dope" Delsanter, and others.

"The whole story has not yet been told. The raid and the events of the past few days are proof that a community can allow places like Jungle Inn to exist only at its peril. The fact the crowds who went there to gamble were in constant danger of being burned to death is not the worst of the indictments that can be brought against it. Worse still was the nest of corruption that it fostered - the influence it wielded over public officials and over the political life of Trumbull and Mahoning counties. If money could not tempt men in public life - men with power over the lives of these communities - it had its gunmen always ready to persuade them"
From an editorial in the Youngstown Vindicator, August 16, 1949


Author Allan May got his start with Jerry Capeci, the dean of mob writers, at Capeci’s “Gangland News” website. He was the main organized crime writer for Court TV’s website CrimeLibrary.com in the early 2000s, and was one of the main contributors to both AmericanMafia.com. and CrimeMagazine.com. He has taught several courses on organized crime at Cuyahoga Community College and lectures at libraries throughout Northeast Ohio. He has appeared in documentaries and has been interviewed on both radio and television.

Allan May is an authority on the history of organized crime in the United States and has a personal library of over 800 books on the subject. Two of May’s works have been published – Mob Stories (2001) and Gangland Gotham (2009). He is currently under contract for a three-book series with Praeger Publishers.




May is also the historian at Lake View Cemetery and on the speaker's bureau. He wrote the "Who's Who of Lake View Cemetery" which includes biographies on over 250 noted personalities buried there. In the past he has written a monthly historical column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine.  His website is http://www.allanrmay.com/







The Cleveland Police Department Never Gave Up!

From the moment of the senseless double-murder on New Year’s Eve Day 1920, the police never gave up the hunt for the six suspects involved in a payroll robbery-gone bad.  Police officers and prosecutors tracked to and /or arrested the killers in Los Angeles, Mexico City, San Francisco and finally Sicily, taking some fifteen years to make sure justice was served.

The crime was carried out by members of Cleveland’s infamous Mayfield Road Mob. The plot to rob the local businessmen was hatched after one gang member, convicted of auto theft, was desperate for cash to file an appeal. Short on manpower, the gang’s leader was forced to involve himself and an immature teenager in the daring hold-up. The young man’s inexperience led to the double slaying and the manhunt was on.

In the end, of the six participants, three would pay with their lives in the electric chair, one would be sent to prison for life, another received 30 years at hard labor, and the last one, the younger brother of Cleveland’s first Mafia boss, would go free.

This story also gives a chilling look at one of the most violent periods the city of Cleveland has ever faced. When a new prosecutor took office on January 1, 1921, he was faced with handling three sensational murder trials in addition to the one which took place only the day before. This lawless period resulted in the Cleveland Crime Survey of 1921, the country’s first in depth study of the justice system in a major United States city.

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“Crimetown, U.S.A.” is a narrative of organized crime in Youngstown, Ohio and the surrounding Mahoning Valley during the years 1933 to 1963. It begins with the Valley's participation in the Midwest Crime Wave of 1933-34, describing the demise of the legendary bank robber “Pretty Boy” Floyd. This is followed by the demise of one of the Valley’s own in the brutal slaying of “Happy” Marino, which also happens to be one of the Valley’s few gangland murders in which all the participants were tried, convicted and sent to prison.

The mid-to-late 1930s is chronicled showing the dominance of the ethnic-based lottery houses, which operated in Youngstown. These operations came to end after a run-away grand jury created enough interest to draw the governor’s attention. The late 1940s saw the height of popularity of the infamous Jungle Inn gambling den, located just over the Mahoning County line in Trumbull County. The history of this establishment is chronicled in “Welcome to the Jungle Inn,” also by Allan R. May, and is a companion book to “Crimetown U.S.A.” describing the history of organized crime in Warren and Trumbull County, Ohio.

By the end of the 1940s the citizens of Youngstown put a new mayor in City Hall. Charles Henderson ran on the platform of “Smash Racket Rule” in the city. The man he brought in to do the “smashing” was Edward J. Allen. The feisty and fearless police chief began by chasing out two-thirds of the Valley’s “Big 3,” including Mafia member Joe DiCarlo, who muscled into the race wire service and controlled the local bookmaking.  

This period was followed by what was known as the "bug" craze, which was the Valley's nickname for the numbers game or policy, as it was also known. The battle for dominance resulted in a bombing war throughout the 1950s for supremacy in this field by the city's top policy racketeers, Sandy Naples and Vince DeNiro. By the end of the 1950s, Youngstown had become known as “Bomb Town.”
In the early 1960s, the bombs that were used to scare the competition were now being used to eliminate it. A wave of vicious killings took place, some taking the lives of innocent people. No murder was more notorious than the November 1962 car-bombing that took the lives of “Cadillac Charlie” Cavallaro and his 11-year old son. The senseless killing shocked the country and brought national attention to Youngstown. It also brought the city an everlasting and despised nickname, “Crimetown, U.S.A.”

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ALCATRAZ
Letters from Alcatraz features an impressive collection of original correspondence from inmates both on-and-off the Rock. Their letters capture the true essence of life in prison, with fresh and historical insights to their sufferings and occasional triumphs. It is a finer example of history from one of America's most historical treasures. This rare collection features many never before published personal letters from Al Capone, George Machine Gun Kelly, Robert Stroud - the Birdman of Alcatraz, Alvin Karpis, Henri Young, John & Clarence Anglin, Roy Gardner and numerous others. Also included are narratives on the Battle of Alcatraz and other harrowing escape attempts. The letters are all presented in their original unedited form... revealing in their authenticity, representing their lives suspended in slow motion while serving time on the Rock and other prisons. They are confessionals of earnestness and probe their introspective thoughts. Sometimes deep, and sometimes they are almost too overwhelmingly honest in their descriptive accounts. Many represent their torn and textured histories in crime and the intricately layered stories of life at Alcatraz. Letters from Alcatraz is an epic exploration of a secret cloak and dagger culture once hidden behind a mythical curtain. This book is much more than a mere exercise in myth busting. Paired with its contextual and intrinsic complexities, Letters from Alcatraz grants readers privileged access to the formidable confinement conditions endured by these inmates along with their compelling portraits, and a thorough overview of the rich history of Alcatraz Island. The depth of feeling in its story, its setting, its cast and sheer inimitability, these are their lives in prose and the stories of the forgotten...

About the Author
Letters from Alcatraz is Michael Esslinger's second endeavor chronicling the history of Alcatraz Island. Esslinger is a historical researcher, whose acclaimed work has appeared in numerous books, film and television documentaries, including segments on the Discovery, National Geographic and History Channels. In 2003 he published: Alcatraz - A Definitive History of the Penitentiary Years. Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the most meticulously detailed histories ever written the subject, it has remained a best selling reference since its publication. He is also the author of the forthcoming reference chronicling the first expeditions to the Moon entitled: APOLLO - A Definitive History of the Apollo Lunar Expeditions. His research resulted in one of the most comprehensive assemblages of information on the Apollo Program, derived from intensive archival research and over a thousand hours of in-depth one-on-one interviews, which include the elusive Apollo 11 Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. He remains one of the foremost historians on the Apollo Program. Michael is currently collaborating with Julie Dawn Cole, the original Veruca Salt in the classic motion picture Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on her personal memoir. The book entitled: I Want it Now! chronicles her experiences during the entire epic production and also includes a fascinating portrait of her life and acting career. Esslinger is a native California coastal resident along with his wife and three sons, and frequently participates in the guest author program on Alcatraz Island.





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Author Jim Ridings has worked for daily newspapers in Ottawa (The Daily Times) and Aurora (The Beacon News), Illinois, where he won several awards for investigative reporting at both newspapers. He has also written several books of local history (including Cardiff: Ghost Town On the Prairie), which have won awards from the Illinois State Historical Society and the Illinois Humanities Council.

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Big Jack Zelig

Rose Keefe

Selig Harry Lefkowitz, alias Big Jack Zelig, was New York's first great gangster boss. Like many of his pre-Volstead contemporaries, his historical impact has been overshadowed by Al Capone and Murder Inc. He is listed in today's crime anthologies primarily because four members of his gang, along with corrupt cop Charles Becker, died in the electric chair for the July 1912 murder of gambler Herman Rosenthal.

In New York City from 1908 to 1912, however, Zelig inspired admiration and fear, and he was synonymous with the word gangster. New York editor Herbert Bayard Swope recalled that "The Starker (Yiddish for 'Big Boss') threw terror into the heart of the New York underworld like no one has before or since."

Irony and tragedy often joined forces, but the way they combined in the Becker-Rosenthal affair is harrowing. Becker's job was to eradicate the Manhattan gangs. Yet the city's most powerful gangster, Jack Zelig was prepared to testify for him and save him from the electric chair. But when Zelig was murdered before he could take the stand, Becker was consequentially doomed.

The question is, Who ordered Zelig killed—and why?

The answer is revealed by Rose Keefe, who follows Zelig's story from his childhood in New York's Russian-Jewish slums to his enlistment in the Manhattan gang wars (1905–10) to his ascendancy to the top of the New York underworld. Keefe reveals that Zelig's murder was a political assassination, not retaliation for an alleged robbery, as legend has claimed. For the first time, the truth about who ordered Herman Rosenthal murdered, and why, will be revealed.

Based on dozens of interviews and years of painstaking research, The Starker introduces readers to a story from New York's criminal past that is dazzling in its audacity and criminal in the success of the people responsible for the murders in covering up their own crimes.


The  Bugs Moran Story;The Man Who Got Away.

George "Bugs" Moran was the last of Chicago's spectacular North Side gang leaders, a colorful and violent dynasty that began with the rise of Dean O'Banion in 1920. THE MAN WHO GOT AWAY provides the first in-depth look at the enigmatic gangster's charmed yet wacky life, from his Minnesota childhood to his rise and fall in Chicago's prohibition-era underworld, his life as an independent outlaw in the 1930s and 1940s, and his last days in an Ohio penitentiary.

Author Rose Keefe on History channel's Man , Moment , Machine.

In telling Moran's story, some of the twentieth century's most fascinating gangland figures are revisited, among them Al Capone, Johnny Torrio, Dean O'Banion, Vincent Drucci, Earl "Hymie" Weiss, showboating Chicago Mayor "Big Bill" Thompson, the gang-hating yet oddly pro-Moran Judge John H. Lyle, and two of Ohio's most colorful and brazen robbers, Virgil Summers and Albert Fouts.
While Moran was not killed in the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre in February 1929—a bloodbath that was meant for him but instead claimed the lives of seven of his associates—it marked the beginning of Moran's end as a gangland power. Cops and journalists dismissed Moran, figuring the losing his top men in the Clark Street garage and Capone's steady absorption of the North Side would either force Bugs out of town for good or make him a vulnerable target for a hit man.
Moran suffered neither fate. His career showed him to be a cunning and determined survivor. Moran was street-smart in the style of the pre-World War I gangsters, rough-and-tumble brawlers who relied on their instincts, guts, and guns. He outlived O'Banion, Weiss, Capone, and probably most of those who predicted his imminent demise in 1929.
Moran did not escape scot-free, however, serving the latter part of his life in both Ohio State and Leavenworth prisons on bank robbery charges. Despite his violent career, it was cigarettes, not bullets, that did him in; he died in prison in 1957 from lung cancer.



Dean O'Banion


Before Al Capone, Chicago’s reigning gang leader was the flamboyant and lethal Dean “Deanie” O’Banion. His role in the Chicago gang wars of the 1920s has been examined briefly in Capone biographies and Prohibition histories, but never before has there been a book-length biography of the Irish-American gangster who was known as “Chicago’s Arch Killer” and “The Boss of the 42nd and 43rd Wards.” Using information compiled from police and court documents, contemporary news accounts, and interviews with O’Banion’s friends and associates, Guns and Roses covers O’Banion’s rise from an Illinois farm boy to the most powerful gang boss in early 1920s Chicago. It examines his role in the Irish-Sicilian clashes that plagued the North Side circa 1890–1910, his years as a slugger for William Randolph Hearst during the city’s newspaper circulation war, and his turbulent relationship with Al Capone as the two gang bosses struggled for supremacy. Also exposed in colorful detail is his association with Chicago’s other underworld luminaries, many of whose names have been lost to history despite their fascinating stories: the “Kiss of Death” girl Margaret Collins, the “Safecracking King” Charles Reiser, Jewish mobster Nails Morton, and O’Banion’s own men: Hymie Weiss, Louis “Two Gun” Alterie, Vincent Drucci, and Bugs Moran, the latter of whom barely escaped the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. The book ends with O’Banion’s notorious “handshake murder,” and the struggle of his successors with Al Capone. In many ways O’Banion was an enigmatic character. A powerful gang boss who cracked skulls as brutally as any of his henchmen on election day, yet he supported entire North Side slums with his charity. And while he had few gangster allies, he inspired fanatical loyalty among his own men. The product of fifteen years of research and writing, Guns and Roses is a stroll through the memories of old Chicago as much as it is a study of its most “storied” gangster.


Author Rose Keefe with Antoinette Giancana.



Rose Keefe has a gift of writing gangster related books like no other. She burst on to the scene after meeting up with Bill Helmer, who coaxed her to go ahead with her god given talent as a crime researcher/ historian and author.
Her first published book,( a project that began in 1987) on Chicago's Northside gang leader Dean O'Banion was a big success.It left many gangster buffs in awe of the little known Dean O'Banion who was Chicago's top crime boss,way before Capone.There Keefe gave the true crime readers what they wanted.
Now not resting on any of her laurels, Keefe came back with a knock out punch bigger than the first. Her second book
The Man who got away; The George "Bugs" Moran story focuses on Capone's real rival (no, not  the often thought of Eliot Ness), but the real thorn in Al Capone's side and the major threat to his mob empire.
Keefe digs and comes up with info that leaves historians open jawed and awestruck. Her sources, close and authentic, dispells any naysayers as she one ups the once accepted written facts on the supposed irish mob man who was George Bugs Moran (Or was he)? Besides her two books, Rose has written articles for local periodicals and publications. She is credited in many gangster books.She has appeared on the History ChanneI and done several radio interviews on her authored subjects and for her expertise in this domain.


By far the Chicago Northside mob expert, Rose Keefe resides in Ontario,Canada.  






New York Criminals

Patrick Downey

"I didn't have anything better to do. That's why I went around bumping off cops." So said Francis "Two-Gun" Crowley after shooting it out with dozens of policemen in the most spectacular siege in New York City history. For ninety minutes, authorities poured hundreds of bullets and chucked tear-gas bombs into the gunman's fifth-story apartment as thousands of people swarmed below, watching the drama unfold. Finally, bleeding from several wounds and choking on the gas, the nineteen-year-old desperado surrendered, bringing an end to a three-month-long crime spress that included two murders.

Crowley was just one of a vast number of outlaws — male and female — who terrorized New York City in the years between World Wars I and II. The lawlessness during that era was unprecedented in American history.

Bad Seeds in the Big Apple is the first book to profile New York City's notorious bandits, gunmen, and desperadoes of the Prohibition and Depression eras. While numerous books have been written on the city's organized-crime scene, this book completes the picture by introducing readers to infamous New Yorkers such as Richard Reese Whittemore, leader of a gang of jewel thieves; extortion queen Vivian Gordon; bandit and Sing Sing escapee James Nannery; Al Stern and his gang of kidnappers, the men behind the ill-fated 1926 Tombs Prison break; the marauders behind the 1934 Rubel Ice Plant armored car robbery; and dozens of other law breakers who have never before been covered in book form. Patrick Downey also includes a fresh look at a few characters of the era who have received individual book-length treatments.



About the Author
PATRICK DOWNEY grew up in the Detroit, MI area before moving to New York in 1990. Patrick can be found in the New York Public Library and NYC Municipal Archives researching New York's gangster past.
Patrick has been studying New York City's early-twentieth-century crime scenes for more than fifteen years. He has written articles on the Big Apple's gangster past for newspapers, spoken on the subject at the Museum of the City of New York, and has designed and led a walking tour that highlights criminal landmarks in conjunction with the museum.

Author Patrick Downey during the Chicago Gangster convention 2004.




New York Gangsters

Gangster City is arguably the most comprehensive book written to date on New York City's underworld from 1900-1920. Its pages chronicle virtually every widely known (and lesser known) Mafioso, bootlegger, racketeer and thug who terrorized the City in the early 20th century. The murders of some 600-plus gangsters are profiled in detail.
Beginning with the reign of Monk Eastman, this veritable encyclopedia of the New York underworld explores the origins of Mafia initiation rites and uncovers the most important gang wars, many still unknown to average readers. Also, for the first time ever, an in-depth look into the career of Vincent Coll reveals his probable killer, while myths are dispelled about the Irish White Hand gang, as their demise is frequently but wrongly attributed to a carefully planned attack by Al Capone.
With a full listing of the specific addresses where criminals were killed throughout the New York and New Jersey area, Patrick Downey animates and expands all previous knowledge of this infamous era in American history. This is volume one of a two-volume series. Volume two will cover the years 1920-1940.





Author Downey taking a break  ala Dutch Schultz during book signing.

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"Machine Gun" Jack McGurn




Chicago Assassin: The Life and Legend of Machine Gun Jack McGurn and the Chicago Beer Wars of the Roaring Twenties


Richard J. Shmelter

The city of Chicago led the nation in gangland violence created by the "Noble Experiment" known as Prohibition, and throughout the Roaring Twenties and beyond, it produced many infamous criminals whose names will forever be a part of America's criminal history.

"Machine Gun" Jack McGurn was one of the most colorful and lethal characters whose exploits made the Windy City synonymous with organized crime throughout the turbulent era. Chicago Assassin documents the rise and fall of one of the period's most compelling underworld denizens.

He was born Vincenzo Gibaldi in Licata, Sicily, at the beginning of the twentieth century and, with his parents, became part of the mass exodus by Europeans seeking a better life in the perceived utopia across the Atlantic known as America. The Gibaldis settled in Brooklyn, where Vincenzo spent much of his early life until a senseless act of violence tore his world apart. In a case of mistaken identity, his beloved father was murdered, and from that day forward, deep in his soul, there burned the quest for revenge.

Some years later, Vincenzo's mother remarried a grocer, Angelo DeMora, and the new family moved to Chicago to make a fresh start. Vincenzo succeeded in his new surroundings, thanks to his friendly personality and outstanding athletic prowess. The handsome, congenial youth quickly mastered every sport he attempted, and by his late teens he had become one of the top welterweights in Chicago. Deciding to turn professional, Vincenzo Gibaldi adopted the name Jack McGurn, an Irish-sounding name more suited to a sport dominated at the time by that ethnic group.

While "Battling" Jack McGurn was attempting to make a name for himself in the ring, his stepfather, Angelo, was working hard in the grocery store he owned in the Little Italy section of the city. The notorious Genna brothers controlled the manufacture of bootleg alcohol in Little Italy, and they bought the sugar needed to make their illicit product from McGurn's stepfather. But when they discovered the grocer was also selling sugar to other bootleggers, the Genna brothers targeted him for assassination and brutally cut him down in front of his store.

Once again, the young Italian had to cope with the horrific loss of a father. This time, however, his quest for vengeance erupted with extreme violence. He went to Brooklyn, where he fatally shot two of his biological father's killers and seriously wounded another, then returned to Chicago, where he eliminated those responsible for the murder of his stepfather. It was at this time that Jack McGurn caught the eye of America's premier gangster, Al Capone.

After a sterling apprenticeship with a Capone-controlled satellite called the Circus Gang, McGurn realized that fate had determined his life's work. He eventually earned a reputation as Chicago's most feared and notorious gangland assassin, with more than twenty kills to his credit during the city's bloody Beer Wars. It is interesting to note that the weapon of choice for the man known as "Machine Gun" Jack was actually a revolver—his nickname, like those of most criminals of the day, was concocted by a newspaper reporter looking for a catchy moniker that would make good copy.

Jack McGurn also has been forever linked to the most notorious slaying in gangland history—the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Within these pages is new evidence that brings to light in detail Jack McGurn's involvement in the slaughter and its aftermath.

And no story set in the turbulent decades of the 1920s and '30s would be complete without the gorgeous women who sought their thrills from these dangerous yet intriguing men. Like most of his contemporaries, Jack McGurn could have his pick among countless beautiful young females, but one became not only his lover but his soulmate, as well. Louise Rolfe was the quintessential jazz baby, and she played a major role in McGurn's life, earning a bit of immortality herself along the way.

Of all the gangsters who became household names during the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition—and whose legends continue today—"Machine Gun" Jack McGurn is arguably the most compelling, for his classic good looks, love of family, athletic ability, and calculating criminal mind made him the template for the good-boy-gone-bad films that have been a staple of American culture since the 1930s.

RICHARD J. SHMELTER is a writer and researcher specializing in sports and American crime history from the 1890s to the 1940s, especially the Prohibition era. He is a member of the North American branch of the International Association of Crime Writers and the American Crime Writers League. The author of The Browns: Cleveland's Team, he lives in Sagamore Hills, Ohio.
Hardcover: 282 pages
Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (January 10, 2008)





Deadly Valentines: The Story of Capone's Henchman "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn and Louise Rolfe, His Blonde Alibi

Deadly Valentines tells one of the most outrageous stories of the 1920s, a twin biography of a couple who defined the extremes and excesses of the Prohibition era in America. McGurn was a prizefighter, professional-level golfer, and the ultimate urban predator and hit man who put the iron in Al Capone’s muscle. Rolfe, a beautiful blonde dancer and libertine, was the epitome of fashion, rebellion, and wild abandon in the new jazz subculture. They were the prototypes for decades of gangster literature and cinema, representing a time that has never lost its allure.

About the Author
Jeffrey Gusfield, a native Chicagoan, has researched the history of Jack McGurn, Louise Rolfe, and the Capone years for more than four decades.
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Chicago Review Press; First Edition edition (April 1, 2012)




Chicago Crime Photos
John Russick
Description:Hardcover
10" x 10", 216 pages

Historic Photos of Chicago Crime: The Capone Era opens with a compelling look at Chicago’s cityscape to include a broad range of cultural phenomena—from suffrage to jazz— essential to the contextualization of crime in the 1920s and 1930s. The history then proceeds as its title suggests—to a riveting overview of crime in Chicago, chock-full of images documenting notorious gangsters and gruesome gangland wars. Al Capone, John Torrio, Earl “Hymie” Weiss, George “Bugs” Moran, and a host of others are all here. Replete with insightful captions and penetrating chapter introductions by historian John Russick, these photos offer a unique view into Chicago and its nefarious past.
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Egan's Rats: The Untold Story of the Prohibition era Gang That Ruled St. Louis

Daniel Waugh

"We never shoot unless we know who is present," gang boss Tom Egan declared in a candid interview with a leading St. Louis newspaper. Just who was this man who could boast in public about ordering murder? After nearly a century, the story of Egan's Rats can finally be told: how a group of Victorian-era street punks mushroomed into a powerful force that controlled Missouri's largest city for nearly thirty years.

Led by two childhood pals, Thomas "Snake" Kinney and Tom Egan, the Rats emerged from the city's Irish slums. They learned their trade the old-fashioned way, via robberies, brawls, burglaries, and shootings. When Kinney ran on the Democratic ticket in the Third Ward, his friends were at the polls to ensure he got enough votes. For nearly ten years the gang cut a large swath in St. Louis, instilling fear wherever it went. With Snake Kinney a Missouri state senator, and Tom Egan St. Louis's most dangerous gangster, the gang boasted nearly 400 members. Nearly everyone who lived in St. Louis was touched by them in some way or another.

Soon the Rats became overconfident and careless, beginning with a public shooting war against a gang led by Missouri beverage inspector Edward "Jelly Roll" Hogan. When the once fearful public grew tired of the gangs, their leadership ended up in federal prison for twenty-five years, largely on the testimony of one of their own who turned state's evidence in fear for his life.

Egan's Rats provides a fascinating glimpse into a past that wasn't always idyllic. It was an era in which roving gangs of thugs terrorized voters with impunity, when alcohol was illegal, when a gangster could brag of his power in the newspaper, and when the tendrils of St. Louis crime reached all the way to the White House.

DANIEL WAUGH is a history buff with a particular interest in the history of crime in the greater St. Louis, Missouri, area where he lives. While his research extends far beyond the confines of his book, Egan's Rats is his first published work.
$24.95, Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1-58182-575-7 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1-58182-575-6 (Hardcover)


Far too many organized crime books are narrowly focused on New York and Chicago, as if nothing of any consequence ever happened in the underworlds of other cities. St Louis has a gangster past just as colorful and violent and indeed supplied many of the killers who made the Twenties roar in other urban battlegrounds around the nation. Many books mention Egan's Rats as the premier St. Louis gang but provide little and usually erroneous detail. Dan Waugh, a native St. Louisan, a fantastic researcher, and a wonderful writer, has corrected this with an incredibly in-depth and entertaining history of the gang. Stretching from its 1890s roots as saloon toughs in the employ of politician "Snake" Kinney right on through the bloody Prohibition gang wars and the million-dollar mail robberies that brought the gang down, and the exodus of ex-Rats to the gang war scenes of New York, Detroit, and Chicago, it's an action-packed history that's long overdue. This is also Waugh's debut as a published author but from I've seen he's already a powerhouse contender when it comes to crime history.  ---    Rick Mattix,  Author / Historian.



Lucky Luciano

Ellen Poulsen

In 1936, the New York trial of "Vice Czar" Lucky Luciano, for the crime of compulsory prostitution, resulted in his conviction. Luciano was the banner name for a trial that also included many co-defendants. This book addresses the other side of the Luciano trial, the story of the low-level street people who were brought into the trial to act as material witnesses. While Luciano's fabled conviction and later, pardon and deportation is remembered, little has been done to tell the story of the material witnesses and co-defendants. This book tells their story.

For further details please visit www.lucianotrial1936.com



Gangster Molls


Book Description
Buried under decades of stereotype and parody, the true history of the female companions of the Great Depression's bank-robbing gang is uncovered. Don't Call Us Molls carefully examines the legacy of the Dillinger women using eyewitness and descendants' accounts as well as courtroom and prison records. This book explores the collective experience of these fugitives and offers a thoughtful, well-informed commentary on past attitudes toward the marginalized women of the day-the lawbreakers, the informers, and a lone female sheriff. FBI memos, court transcripts, and never-before-published photos reveal the events experienced by women under siege, resurrecting historical figures and their private behavior. This history lays bare the personal lives of the wives and girlfriends of the public enemies of the 1930s and examines how their conflicting loyalties were challenged and exploited by unrelenting pressure of the United States government to betray their men.



Author Ellen Poulsen at the Chicago Gangster convention 2004.

About the Author
Ellen Poulsen has worked as a staff writer for the Queens Chronicle, and she is the recipient of the Sandra Schor Nonfiction Award. She lives in Queens, New York.

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The 1936 Trial of Lucky Luciano






Frank Nitti

By author  Mars Eghigian Jr.
Approximately 437 pages which includes about 150 pages of detailed notes for the serious organized crime researchers; proposed 16 pages of (71or more) photos, including some unpublished photos including Nitti, Bioff, Browne, Ricca mugshots, Estelle Carey, Aiello, Stanton, and a couple fresh scenery shots; an account of Nitti's life from his upbringing in Italy to New York to Chicago, his entry into organized crime, a somewhat different view of the 1920's (not another complete rehash) and his complete career after Capone. Based as much as possible on original sources; the movie extortion portion, in particular, is derived from actual trial transcripts and Fed files. Anyone interested may e-mail the author at Mars2ntto@cs.com or check Cumberland House, Amazon or Overstock.com





From Arcadia publishing
Mt. Carmel Cemetary

Jenny Floro Khalaf and Cynthia Savaglio's outstanding book on the famous Chicago cemetary.
From the heartbreak of dozens of families burying their children after the notorious Our Lady of Angels School Fire to the serenity of a grieving mother, who six years after the death of her daughter finds her wedding-clad body in peaceful repose; from the lawlessness of the bootleg era, punctuated by such ignominious figures as Al Capone and Dean O’Banion, to the patriotic triumph of one of the flag bearers of Iwo Jima, Mount Carmel and Queen of Heaven Cemeteries have provided the final chapter in the colorful lives and tragic events that have marked the city of Chicago for the last century. It denotes the final resting place of the churches’ bishops and cardinals as well as the city’s beloved parents, grandparents, and children. Mount Carmel and Queen of Heaven Cemeteries offers a unique glimpse into the history of Chicago during a time that saw massive immigration, rising industrialization, two world wars, and numerous tragedies, by chronicling the lives and stories behind the individuals who are interred there.

About the Author
Author Jenny Floro-Khalaf is a family historian and genealogist who is the creator and webmaster for ItalianAncestry.com. Cynthia Savaglio is a screenwriter and documentary filmmaker who teaches at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.



Cicero, Illinois

Great book sent in by my friend Cicero collector Frank Magallon.The author Mr. Douglas Deuchler digs deep to bring out the origins and growth of this interesting and historic town that is a stones throw away from Chicago.
Many intriguing snaps reveal this beautiful place and it's people.Fascinating! No wonder Torrio and Capone loved it there.  
(Special thanks to Mr. Magallon)





The Ultimate in Alcatraz history!
Alcatraz



- ALCATRAZ -
A Definitive History of the Penitentiary Years

by Michael Esslinger

Alcatraz - A Definitive History of the Penitentiary Years is a comprehensive reference with 451 PAGES of historic photographs, documents, and information that breaks away from traditional tourist style books. This book is the result of years of intensive research, and navigates the Island's history through rarely seen documents, interviews, and historic photographs. This newly released book has received rave reviews from both the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune.
Historian Michael Esslinger thoroughly details the prominent events, inmates, and life inside the most infamous prison in American History. His research included hundreds of hours examining actual Alcatraz inmate files (including rare original documents from Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, and over a hundred others) exploring the prison grounds from the rooftop to the waterfront to help retrace events, escape routes, in addition to conducting various interviews with former inmates & guards. His study has resulted in detailed accounts of both the 1946 & 1962 Escape attempts. A definitive account of the 1962 escape of Frank Morris and the Anglin Brothers provides rare insight extracted through photos, and over 1,700 pages of FBI investigative notes.
Detailed narratives of Alcatraz's most notable inmates who include Robert Stroud (Birdman of Alcatraz), Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, Frank Morris, the Anglin Brothers, Doc Barker, Joe Cretzer, Bernard Coy, Miran Thompson, Sam Shockley, and many many others. Alcatraz Federal Prison - A Definitive History of the Penitentiary Years, is a comprehensive reference on the history of Alcatraz and contains one of the most comprehensive archives of inmate and prison life photographs (nearly 1,000) from 1934-1963.
Available at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com







I didn't know that. Author Jim Deaton.

Not a gangster book,but a handy fun book by my friend Jim Deaton with facts about certain people and events.(Has a section devoted to the St.Valentine Massacre)Due out in mid-april 2005.

Jim Deaton lives in the American South. Five years ago, he suffered a paralytic stroke and turned to writing full time. He is a graduate of Pendleton County (Kentucky) High School, attended the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and Northern Kentucky University and has been a Memphis resident since 1991.His other book called Blue Mud  is now available.

http://www.booklocker.com/books/1956.html





First Posted March 2005