“This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.” –Al Capone. Al Capone and The Chicago Outfit. To begin….
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“This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.” –Al Capone
One observation-”…a big fat man with a cigar and a $50,000 pinkie ring…a jowly smiling Satan…with two scars across his left cheek. He weighed over two-fifty, yet despite his bulk and the sloppy grin, he could move with lethal speed and force. Not an articulate man, he was nonetheless charismatic: warm, charming, generous. A big tipper” (Yancey 72).
Johnny Torrio was the first of the modern gangsters. He ran his empire like a business, allowing it to expand as needed. Torrio was very organized and used his administrative skill to craft the most successful criminal organization on the East Coast. Torrio would lay the foundation for Capone’s rise to power in Chicago.
This is a NYPD mug shot of Frankie Yale. Capone would later give the order to have Yale killed for hijacking alcohol shipments from him. On July 1, 1928, Yale’s car was forced off the road by 4 men in a Buick sedan. His car was found riddled with machine gun bullets, marking the first time a Tommy gun was used in New York gangland warfare.
Guzick was a devoted family man who acted as a big brother to Capone. Capone’s friendship with Guzick showcased his ability to ignore racial prejudices and to create alliances outside of the Italian community, which would aid him greatly in the future.
This is a photo from the assassination of Moran’s north side gang. No one was ever charged with the murders because both suspects, Capone and McGurn, had perfect alibis.
George McGurn used his wife, Louise Rolf, to cover up his involvement in the plot of The St. Valentines Day Massacre. Then his girlfriend, he checked into a hotel the day of the assassination. Later on, he married Rolf so she would not be able to testify against him in court.
Al Capone was originally buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery on the South Side of Chicago, along with his father, Gabriel and brother, Frank. The three were then moved in March of 1950 to Mount Carmel Cemetery on the West Side.