Sunday, January 26, 2014

Why did my uncle Al Capone always wear a white hat?

During my uncle Al Capone' young life in Brooklyn, the movie houses showed western movies a lot. They were a favorite in those days. And in those 'cowboy & indian' movies the good guys always wore a white hat. My uncle was making a statement. He was a good guy and I am going to prove it!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

George (Bugs) Moran was a friend of my uncle Al Capone and I can prove it.

I am writing a new book and I am putting facts in it that my grandfather Ralph told me but I could not prove until now. I have the proof. You know like - Bugs Moran and the Capone boys used to work together. They all worked for Johnny Torrio. Most historians do not know that. George (Bugs) Moran liked my family and he knew they were not behind the Valentine's mess. Don't you wonder what happened to Moran after February 14, 1929? He completely disappeared didn't he. Well he was under the protection of my grandfather Ralph and I can prove it. He knew who was after him and he needed protection and there was no safer place then living with Ralph Capone.

Look at the photo below. It was taken in May of 1929 In Atlantic City. My uncle Al Capone is the man on the lower. The man behind him, with his hands on Al's shoulders, is Bugs Moran. FYI the Valentine's Day date was February 14, 1929. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

FDR owed his life to my uncle Al Capone

Really interesting bit of car history

~~~~CAR  TRIVIA  ~~~~
Hours after Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Secret Service
found themselves in a bind. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was to
give his infamy speech to Congress the next day, and although the
trip from the White House to Capitol Hill was short, agents weren’t
sure how to transport him safely.

At the time, Federal Law prohibited buying any cars that cost more
than $750, so they would have to get clearance from Congress to do
that, and nobody had time for that.

One of the Secret Service members, however, discovered that the
US Treasury had seized the bulletproof car that mobster Al Capone
owned when he was sent to jail in 1931. They cleaned it, made sure
it was running fine and had it ready for the President the day after.

What Did FDR and Al Capone Have in Common?

And run properly it did. Capone’s car was a sight to behold.

It had been painted black and green so as to look identical to
Chicago’s police cars at the time. It also had a specially
installed siren and flashing lights hidden behind the grille,
along with a police scanner radio. To top it off, the gangster’s
1928 Cadillac 341A Town Sedan had 3,000 pounds of armor
and inch-thick bulletproof windows. Mechanics are said to
have cleaned and checked each feature of the Caddy well
into the night of December 7th, to make sure that it would
run properly the next day for the Commander in Chief.

The car was sold at an auction price of $341,000 in 2012.

1931 newspaper article on my uncle Al Capone

Although there are many assumptions and errors in this article I think it does show the crooked politics. The number of murders mentioned were mainly caused by newspaper wars and police. I am currently in the process of writing another book to address these theorys.

Originally published on July 1, 1931, The New Republic's editorial board comments on Capone’s conviction for evasion of federal income tax.
Well informed Chicagoans differ as to whether Al Capone welcomed his conviction for evasion of federal income tax; but majority opinion seems to be that he did. While he has not yet been sentenced, it seems certain that he will receive only a couple of years' imprisonment and a fine of a few thousand dollars. The fine is nothing at all to a man of his wealth, and his life in the penitentiary will be cushioned by his money and importance, as was the case during his precious prison term in Pennsylvania. He will have a respite from the incessant fear of an assassin’s bullet; and a year, or two or three years hence, he can walk out of the prison gates and pick up his business where he laid it down.
Even if we assume, however, that Capone is going most reluctantly to jail, and that the federal officers’ victory is as complete as they not at all bashfully insist it is, the incident can still be described only as a victory for its central figure. Here is a man who has for years been the head of one of the bloodiest murderous gangs with which all our large cities are not infested. About 500 persons have been killed in Chicago in the past ten years in the bootlegging and other wars in which the Caponites have been engaged, and over and over again, the local newspapers reporting one of these deaths, have openly and calmly stated that it was the work of his men. During this time Capone has sold illicit liquor in amounts running into millions of dollars; he has kept many hundreds of young women in houses of prostitution and taken away from them most of their earnings; he has maintained numerous gambling joints where a sucker with a bankroll stood very little chance of keeping it, to say nothing of making it larger; he has been closely allied with the most loathsome of all traffics, that in the habit-forming drugs.
Nevertheless, Chicago, instead of interfering with all this activity on his part and the part of others like him, has knelt helpless at his feet. Enthusiastic young policemen who have tried to maintain the law have been “broken” for their lack of sense. Complaisant judges in their robes have hastily set his henchmen free whenever by accident they got within the toils of the law. Politicians, all the way up to the mayor’s office, have taken his dirty money and given immunity. Capone hasn’t merely bought the government of Chicago; he has been that government. And so far as we are aware, he still is. The recent election changed one set of unspeakable politicians for another group, not quite so brazen in effrontery but animated by the same set of ideas. The peace and contentment in gangdom today are sufficient evidence that they haven’t cleaned up Chicago, and don’t intend to.
At the worst, therefore, all that can be said of Capone is that he failed to fix the national government as he fixed that of Chicago (and as far as necessary, the state of Illinois). The national government is harder to fix, though it can be done: vide the Ohio Gang during Harding’s time, the scandals in connection with tax refunds to numerous wealthy men and corporations, the complaisance of the Federal Power Board and other instances which will rise in the mind of any of our readers. There is no difference in principle between Chicago and Washington; when government by racketeer has gone far enough, no doubt the arrangements will be extended to the national capital as well. In the meantime, let’s hear no more about Capone’s defeat. The defeat is Chicago’s.