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Al Capone and His American Boys : Memoirs of a Mobster's Wife

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ISBN13:

9780253356062

ISBN10:
0253356067
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
7/7/2011
Publisher(s):
Indiana Univ Pr

Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
About This Bookp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
A Notep. 1
˘A Voice from the Grave÷: The Memoir of Georgette Winkelerp. 6
The Seventh Childp. 8
˘For Better or for Worse÷p. 13
Heist Guy-Egan's Rats and the Cuckoo Gangp. 25
The Bad Penniesp. 28
Affairs with the Policep. 31
Fugitives on the Lamp. 34
Workhouse Widowp. 39
Gratitude-and Murderp. 42
Flight from St. Louisp. 45
Meet Al Caponep. 50
The Toledo Killingp. 62
Frankie Yalep. 71
Murphy's Tough Skullp. 77
The St. Valentine's Day Massacrep. 80
Hiding Outp. 93
On the Runp. 98
˘Killer÷ Burke and the Policeman's Murderp. 101
New Face and New Fingerprintsp. 110
˘Killer÷ Burke on the Lamp. 114
The Car Crashp. 124
Capone to the Rescuep. 132
The Greatest Bank Robberyp. 136
Chicago's ˘Secret Six÷p. 140
Enter Father Dwyerp. 149
The Shooting of Frank Nittip. 153
Nitti's Revengep. 159
˘The Informer÷p. 164
The Boom Daysp. 168
A promise Keptp. 172
Gus and the Planted Gunp. 175
Legal Beer at Lastp. 179
Gus Winkeler and the New North Sidep. 184
The Kansas City Massacrep. 187
Gus and the ˘Miller Massacre÷p. 197
Beginning of the Endp. 201
The Syndicate Closes Inp. 206
Tie Police Called It Suicidep. 211
˘They've Taken Him to the Morgue÷p. 216
Gus Goes Homep. 220
Who Killed My Husband?p. 224
The Widow and Her Worldp. 228
˘The Gas Lisped Its Song of Death÷p. 233
Rebirth and Revengep. 237
End of the Empirep. 240
˘Do You See This Gun?÷p. 245
Confronting the Mobp. 249
On the Spotp. 252
Resolutionp. 255
Georgette Talks to the FBIp. 259
Biographies and Historical Notesp. 295
Indexp. 363
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