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In Memoriam
Some people come into our lives. With the business of our daily lives, we don't realize just how important they are until they are gone.
Gone they may be, but they are never ever forgotten!

Mike Webb
1951 -  2009

St. Louis Police Chief and fellow collector.
Rest in peace my friend!

Tom J. Dooley
 1942 - 2010

Professional artist / painter / photographer and Vietnam veteran,
Rest in peace my friend!

Rick "Maddog" Mattix
1953 - 2010

Crime author / researcher
Rest in peace old buddy!

Dr. Charles Deck Wrege
1924 - 2014

Author and Adjunct Professor at the Kheel Labor-Management Documentation Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.  
WWII Veteran. I enjoyed our many emails on life and specifically the Hawthorne Electric Works Telephone company in Cicero Illinois.
Rest in peace my friend!

Ann Howard Phiffer Stone
1920 - 2016

Once a nanny for Mae's sister's kids. (Claire 'Catherine' Finnegan).
Ann is seen here with Albert Francis 'Sonny' Capone.
She had fond memories of Albert Francis.

Mr. Sandy Jones
1946 - 2018

Part of  what I call the three amigos, (Mattix, Helmer and Jones). The Elite Afficionados on John Dillinger and other bandit / gangster era research.
The greatest honor I ever had was his brutally honest opinions on collecting and the compliments he threw my way whenever I uncovered something new for my collection. He will be sorely missed, but not forgotten! We will all meet again one day and shoot the shit as we all did so well on earth!
Rest in peace my friend!

Deirdre Bair
April 17, 2020

Author of Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend.
Always availed herself with an open mind, ear and heart to all, she was a great friend to Capone researchers. She will be missed by all, but she will be especially missed by her good friend Diane Patricia Capone. The Capone book created a bond.
Rest in peace Deirdre!

Robert J. Schoenberg
April 27, 2020

Mr. Capone author Robert J. Schoenberg
One of my favorite Capone authors. A great writer and a very humble person.
Loved his descriptions of Capone. He motivated me in researching Al Capone to the best of my abilities.
Rest in peace Bob!

Robert "Bobby" Gallo
April 19, 2021

Robert Gallo

Actor and friend. Portrayed Al Capone in a one man play called "King of the City".
Born in Hoboken, New Jersey and raised in Miami, Florida where he first walked on stage "on a dare". Extensive theater experience with 9 Critic Awards. Wrote (with Juanin Clay) and performed a one-man show "King of the City; an evening with Al Capone which was picked as one of the "Best of the Fest" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and the Daily News "Critic's Choice" in Los Angeles.
Mr. Gallo had starred in the mob drama "Street Boss" and co-starred with Talia Shire in a comedy called "The Deported". He had appeared on many television shows such as Becker, The Ex- files, NYPD Blue, ER, Lois and Clark, Cagney and Lacey, The A-Team, St . Elsewhere, Falcon crest and many more.
Rest in peace Bobby!

Lieutenant Mike Kline
October 25, 2022

Retired Lt. Mike Kline, Quartermaster for the Berrien County Sherriff's Dept. on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Mike was the caretaker of the famous million dollar Thompsons that were once used in the St. Valentine's day massacre of 1929.
 He was a very patient and caring individual that reallly cared about the pedigree of these historical items. I was one of the lucky few who had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with Mike and my buddy the late Rick Mattix. We got to handle these relics and exchange about their history. Mike's enthusiasm was infectious! He made us feel like kings! Thank-you Mike! I will never forget you and that wonderful afternoon! You will be missed! Rest in peace my friend!

Jeffrey Scott Maycroft
March 15th, 2023

Sadly, one of my history mentors has passed. Jeff Maycroft was one cool dude!!
He always took the time to share his gangster history and artifacts with me.  I will never forget his kindness!  He helped out with history books and documentaries. He played in bands, loved the Beatles and his family. RIP Amigo!!

Robert "Bob" Richards
March 30, 2023

Sadly, another friend in this Capone subject has left the building! Bob Richards has recently passed. Bob, a Chicago native, was a big fan of my website since 2000. He was a retired electrician who enjoyed the gangster subject, and became fascinated with the objects in my museum. Items such as Al Capone's bathroom tile. In 2004, my pal Harry Lawrence decided to try the first gangster convention where people who shared this interest could meet. It was held in Itasca, Illinois. Bob said he would attend. I finally met up with Bob and decided to make his day. I presented him with an Al Capone bathroom tile for his very own collection. This gentleman was so moved that he was almost became teary eyed. I was so touched that he felt that highly about the item. I thought I was the only one!
Occasionally, we posted on each others timeline. He would always rib me that the cold freezing weather came from yours truly in Canada! I had to remind him that cold stuff came from the U.S. first before making it's way here!! As with most friendships in life, our communications later dwindled because of work, family, life events, etc....
The great thing about life is memories! I'll never forgot Bob!
 Rest easy Bob!
 God bless his soul and his family!