Posts tagged mafia

Al Capone’s Time Magazine cover, 1930.

Al Capone’s Time Magazine cover, 1930.

A despondent (and dapper) Ed “Spike” O’Donnell, leader of the South Side O’Donnells, after arrest around 1930, Chicago.

http://www.myalcaponemuseum.com/id171.htm

http://boardwalkempire.wikia.com/wiki/Spike_O’Donnell

A despondent (and dapper) Ed “Spike” O’Donnell, leader of the South Side O’Donnells, after arrest around 1930, Chicago.

http://www.myalcaponemuseum.com/id171.htm

http://boardwalkempire.wikia.com/wiki/Spike_O’Donnell

Henry Earl J. Wojciechowski, most famously known by his alias, Hymie Weiss, 1924, Chicago.

A founding member of the North Side Gang, Weiss was famously shot to death on State Street near Superior in 1926.

Bullet holes can still be found in the facade of Holy Name Cathedral from this shoot out. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Earl_J._Wojciechowski

http://boardwalkempire.wikia.com/wiki/Hymie_Weiss

Henry Earl J. Wojciechowski, most famously known by his alias, Hymie Weiss, 1924, Chicago.

A founding member of the North Side Gang, Weiss was famously shot to death on State Street near Superior in 1926.

Bullet holes can still be found in the facade of Holy Name Cathedral from this shoot out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Earl_J._Wojciechowski

http://boardwalkempire.wikia.com/wiki/Hymie_Weiss

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

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

No one in Chicago crossed Frank McErlane - the most feared and “brutal” gangster in Chicago during Prohibition.
Not even his wife Elfrieda and her two German Shepherds were safe, all three who died at his hand in front of 8129 S Phillips Ave in 1931.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_McErlane

No one in Chicago crossed Frank McErlane - the most feared and “brutal” gangster in Chicago during Prohibition.

Not even his wife Elfrieda and her two German Shepherds were safe, all three who died at his hand in front of 8129 S Phillips Ave in 1931.

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

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

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…

Speakeasy mob-hit, 1926, Chicago.
The sign says:
NOTICE TWO U:
ALL KNIVES MUST BE CHECKED AT DOOR
ALL MEMBERS MUST KEEP THEMSELVES 
CLEAN OR WILL BE ASKED TO
STAY OUT

Speakeasy mob-hit, 1926, Chicago.

The sign says:

NOTICE TWO U:

ALL KNIVES MUST BE CHECKED AT DOOR

ALL MEMBERS MUST KEEP THEMSELVES

CLEAN OR WILL BE ASKED TO

STAY OUT

The Hawthorne Inn, 4835 22nd Street, 1929, Cicero.
The Hawthorne was Al Capone’s Cicero headquarters.
If you watch Boardwalk Empire, you’ll recognize the hotel from this past Sunday’s premier.

The Hawthorne Inn, 4835 22nd Street, 1929, Cicero.

The Hawthorne was Al Capone’s Cicero headquarters.

If you watch Boardwalk Empire, you’ll recognize the hotel from this past Sunday’s premier.

The Parkway Hotel (now The Pierre Condominiums), 2100 N Lincoln Park West, 1921, Chicago.
Bugs Moran and a couple of other St. Valentine’s Day Massacre players lived in this building. The massacre took place only a block away on Clark Street.

The Parkway Hotel (now The Pierre Condominiums), 2100 N Lincoln Park West, 1921, Chicago.

Bugs Moran and a couple of other St. Valentine’s Day Massacre players lived in this building. The massacre took place only a block away on Clark Street.

A detective investigates a bathroom mob hit, 1948, Chicago

A detective investigates a bathroom mob hit, 1948, Chicago


The film, Dillinger, appears at the Biograph, 1945, Chicago.
It’s like a Michel Gondry movie…

The film, Dillinger, appears at the Biograph, 1945, Chicago.

It’s like a Michel Gondry movie…