Chicago Assassin: The Life and Legend of Machine Gun Jack McGurn and the Chicago Beer Wars of the Roaring Twenties

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Cumberland House Publishing, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 282 pages
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The city of Chicago led the nation when it came to gangland violence during the Prohibition era. As a result, many infamous, unforgettable personalities became a part of America's criminal history. Chicago Assassin"" is the story of 'Machine Gun' Jack McGurn, one of the people responsible for putting much of the roar into the Roaring Twenties. His family immigrated to Chicago from Sicily in 1906, as he grew up in the city's slums and later took up boxing as 'Battling' Jack McGurn. After avenging his father's death by killing the three hit men responsible, he came to the attention of Al Capone, who invited him into his organization, known as the Chicago Outfit. There he rose to power and was one of the most feared members Capone's organizations, with more than twenty-five known kills for the mob. 'Battling' Jack McGurn became so adept with the Thompson submachine gun that he quickly became known as 'Machine Gun' Jack McGurn. ""
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction
13
Innocence Interrupted
19
Innocence Lost
23
Noble Experiment Lifechanging Decision
31
A Chicagos Underworld Rises
41
Terrific Timing Terrible Tool
55
G Gunning for Gennas Amatuna Gets the Hook
61
Return to Chicago Unrest in the Unione
155
Violent Valentine
161
IE Aftermath of Carnage
173
2D The Blond Alibi
183
The Walls Begin to Crumble
191
The Empire Descends
203
Wedding Bells Al Goes Away
215
Vindication Alienation
223

Joe Batters and Momo
71
Vengeance Conflict Exodus
75
Capone vs WeissRound One
85
Capone vs WeissKnockout Blow
91
McGurn Has the Last Laugh
131
Close Calls
139
IB Jack Meets Louise
147
The Comet Vanishes
231
2B Whatever Became of ?
241
On Top of the World 103
259
Aiello Threatens the Empire 111
260
The Joker 123
261
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

RICHARD J. SHMELTER is a writer and researcher who specializes in sports history and American crime from the 1890s to the 1940s, especially the Prohibition Era. "Chicago Assassin" is his second book, his first being "The Browns: Cleveland's Team." He lives in Sagamore Hills, Ohio.

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