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

By William J. Helmer

Whilst her husband was once murdered at the orders of Chicago mobster Frank Nitti, Georgette Winkeler—wife of 1 of Al Capone's "American Boys"—set out to reveal the Chicago Syndicate. After an try to post her tale used to be squelched through the mob, she provided it to the FBI within the unsuitable trust they'd the authority to strike on the racketeers who had killed her husband Gus. stumbled on 60 years later in FBI documents, the manuscript describes the couple's existence at the run, the St. Valentine's Day bloodbath (Gus was once one of many shooters), and different headline crimes of that interval. ready for booklet by means of mob specialist William J. Helmer, Al Capone and His American Boys is a compelling modern account of the heyday of Chicago crime through a girl who discovered herself married to the mob.

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I was on the dot with the money, and had Gus at home a half hour before three cars filled with the party crowd drew up in front of the workhouse. They were sighted immediately by a police squad, which ran them down on general principles. One car was stopped and the boys taken to jail for twenty hours. However, the other two cars stopped at our house, and the boys started roughing it up to such an extent Gus told me to get my dog and we would go with them. The cottage had been converted into a jail yard scene.

Daugherty was afraid he would give himself away and on the spur of the moment could think of nothing to tell the clerk except that the package contained shirts. ” asked the clerk, shaking the package. “There’s a shaving mug in there,” was Daugherty’s lame excuse. But the clerk was suspicious and after accepting the parcel turned it in for postal inspection. The coins were identified immediately and when the package went to St. Louis federal officers rode the same train. The parcel went through the regular channels and was delivered to Mrs.

The coins were identified immediately and when the package went to St. Louis federal officers rode the same train. The parcel went through the regular channels and was delivered to Mrs. Daugherty’s door. She did not want to accept it, but the messenger urged her to sign for it. 34 F ugit i v e s on t h e L a m 35 The minute her signature went on the delivery receipt federal officers stepped across the street and took her into custody. She was at a complete loss. She knew nothing about the Louisville robbery.

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