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

By William J. Helmer

When her husband used to be murdered at the orders of Chicago mobster Frank Nitti, Georgette Winkeler―wife of 1 of Al Capone's "American Boys"―set out to show the Chicago Syndicate. After an try to put up her tale was once squelched by way of the mob, she provided it to the FBI within the incorrect trust they'd the authority to strike on the racketeers who had killed her husband Gus. came upon 60 years later in FBI records, the manuscript describes the couple’s lifestyles 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 ebook by way of mob professional 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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5 A ffa i r s w i t h t h e Pol ice Gus Winkeler’s decision to quit the gang did not end his affairs with the police. He had been found guilty in St. Louis courts of the felonious wounding charge growing out of our motor accident. He had appealed the case, but the decision was upheld and papers were issued for his arrest to start serving a nine months sentence in the workhouse. Throughout the trial and rehearsing of the evidence, Gus’ reputation and his relations with gangland were brought up repeatedly as a weapon for his conviction.

Midnight came and they had not returned, when the sound of a stopping taxi took me to the front door. Gus came up the walk nervous and excited, and I knew at once that he had gone back to his old habits. He hustled me into the taxi, where I immediately accused him. He denied any crime and we quarreled all the way home. A few minutes after getting home Gus went out and brought back an “extra” edition of the paper, handing it to me without a word. The headline told the story. Crow was dead—shot in an attempted holdup of the Abeln Brothers Tobacco Store, 3928 Broadway.

All right hussy,” said the chief turning to me, “come clean. ” The chief blustered, wheedled, and cursed. He called me names so vile I could not think of answers. But I wouldn’t tell where I lived. ” he said finally. ” He mumbled an order into the telephone and a short time later Gus’ brother and sister were marched into the room. Gus’ sister was a girl of fine character who worked every day, and should not have been made to suffer such embarrassment, but all three of us were thrown into jail.

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