Posts tagged crime

A murder is discovered at a LOOP ‘L’ station, 1937, Chicago.

A murder is discovered at a LOOP ‘L’ station, 1937, Chicago.

Conceal and Carry Gun Moll, 1923, Chicago.
Until recently I thought the “gun” in “gun moll” had to do with the firearm - gun actually comes from the Yiddish word for thief, “goniff.” Moll is short for “Molly” which was at the time a euphemism for prostitute.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_moll

Conceal and Carry Gun Moll, 1923, Chicago.

Until recently I thought the “gun” in “gun moll” had to do with the firearm - gun actually comes from the Yiddish word for thief, “goniff.” Moll is short for “Molly” which was at the time a euphemism for prostitute.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_moll

Cranky Ann, The Street Walker; A Story of Chicago in Chunks, 1878, Chicago. Shang Andrews

Among the gems found in this novel of Chicago crime and vice:

' “My God!” exclaimed Mr. Baldwin, “is it possible that such a black spot (brothel) can be found in the very heart of the great city of Chicago - a christian city, too!” '

' “Woman, Mr. Baldwin, can descend to far lower depths or infamy than man! The very worst devils in the world are she-devils, and if there is a hell, as true as I stand here I believe it is governed by a woman!” ‘

via Newberry Digital Archives

Commentary on crime in the city from the Chicago Examiner, 1912, Chicago.

Commentary on crime in the city from the Chicago Examiner, 1912, Chicago.

Myra Howard, shoplifter, 1900, Chicago

A murder scene draws a crowd, 1945, Chicago
via Murder City

A murder scene draws a crowd, 1945, Chicago

via Murder City

In the days before Big Jim Colosimo, Al Capone, the Syndicate and the Outfit, organized crime in Chicago was known as The Black Hand.

Mostly run by recent Italian immigrants, The Black Hand specialized in extortion.

Extortion letters were often written phonetically or with only symbols.

To receive a letter with a black hand symbol would mean, without complying, certain death.

The interesting point here is that the two typed letters shown were written by a Polish gang member to appear as if they had been written by an Italian - complete with accent.

via archives.gov

News photo and graphic showing details of the muders of North Side Gang members Hymie Weiss and Patrick Murray across from 740 N State, in front of Holy Name Cathedral, at State and Superior, 1926, Chicago.
Dean (Dion) O’Banion was killed two years earlier at the flower shop across the street.
Bullet holes from this shooting are still visible in the exterior walls at Holy Name Cathedral.
The block seen here is now a parking lot.
(thanks to Larry for catching the date!)

News photo and graphic showing details of the muders of North Side Gang members Hymie Weiss and Patrick Murray across from 740 N State, in front of Holy Name Cathedral, at State and Superior, 1926, Chicago.

Dean (Dion) O’Banion was killed two years earlier at the flower shop across the street.

Bullet holes from this shooting are still visible in the exterior walls at Holy Name Cathedral.

The block seen here is now a parking lot.

(thanks to Larry for catching the date!)

A Chicago detective demonstrates the “cow shoe,” a device used by the Chicago Syndicate, 1932.
Instead of footprints, police would find hoofprints, throwing them off the trail of gang members evading detection.
via LoC.gov

A Chicago detective demonstrates the “cow shoe,” a device used by the Chicago Syndicate, 1932.

Instead of footprints, police would find hoofprints, throwing them off the trail of gang members evading detection.

via LoC.gov

Chicago Syndicate org chart, by neighborhoods, 1936, Chicago.
The nicknames…

Chicago Syndicate org chart, by neighborhoods, 1936, Chicago.

The nicknames…

August Briet, larcenist, 1910, Chicago.

Uncooperative mugshot from Frank Williams, aka Jere Mason, thief, 1869, Chicago

Police detectives recreate a crime scene, Edgewater Beach Hotel, 1949, Chicago.
Perhaps an investigation of the scorned-lover shooting of baseball player, Eddie Waitkus, which was the subject of The Natural, starring Robert Redford.

Police detectives recreate a crime scene, Edgewater Beach Hotel, 1949, Chicago.

Perhaps an investigation of the scorned-lover shooting of baseball player, Eddie Waitkus, which was the subject of The Natural, starring Robert Redford.

James Carney, aka Dirty Eddie, and his rap sheet, 1894, Chicago.

Drivers across the border were compelled to post signs on cars to ward off police looking for the Chicago gangster, 1933, Chicago.

Drivers across the border were compelled to post signs on cars to ward off police looking for the Chicago gangster, 1933, Chicago.