Guns and Roses: The Untold Story of Dean O'Banion, Chicago's Big Shot Before Al Capone

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Cumberland House Publishing, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 294 pages
Based on information compiled from police and court documents, contemporary news accounts, and interviews with O'Banion's friends and associates, Guns and Roses traces O'Banion's rise from Illinois farm boy to the most powerful gang boss ...
 

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Contents

Maroa Boyhood
3
Little Hellion
13
From McGoverns to the Bridewell
27
Wicked City
37
Perfect Landlord Unwelcome Guest
59
Circulation Soldier
67
Noble Experiment
81
TorrioThe Little Big Fellow
103
The Carmen Avenue Love Nest Murders
151
Cracks in the Foundation
179
The Handshake Murder
189
The Most Nauseating Thing Ive Ever
210
The Bootleg Battle of the Marne
219
From Mayhem to Massacre
249
Epilogue
277
Index
285

A City Divided
121
In a Reform State of Mind
139

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About the author (2003)

I've written three books that examine the lives and crimes of early American gangsters: "Guns and Roses- The Untold Story of Dean O'Banion, Chicago's Big Shot Before Al Capone," "The Man Who Got Away- the Bugs Moran Story." and most recently "The Starker," which is a bio of New York gang boss Big Jack Zelig, who lived hard, died young, and could have saved Lieutenant Charles Becker from the electric chair. I'm currently at work on two new projects: the first biography of infamous nativist gangster 'Butcher Bill' Poole (who inspired the Daniel Day-Lewis character in Scorsese's 'Gangs of New York' and a detailed study of veteran labor slugger / gangster boss 'Dopey' Benny Fein. I've been consulted as an expert on America's criminal history by the History Channel, LucasFilm, and others. Please visit my official site at www.rosekeefe.com

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