Young Al Capone: The Untold Story of Scarface in New York, 1899-1925

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 270 pages
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Many people are familiar with the story of Al Capone, the “untouchable”Chicago gangster best known for orchestratingthe St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. But few are aware that Capone’sremarkable story began in the Navy Yard section of Brooklyn, NewYork. Tutored by the likes of infamous mobsters Johnny Torrio andFrankie Yale, young Capone’s disquieting demeanor, combined withthe “technical advice” he learned from these insidious pedagogues,contributed to the molding of a brutal criminal whose pseudonym,“Scarface,” evoked fascination throughout the world.

Despite the best efforts of previous biographers lacking true insider’saccess, details about Capone’s early years have, until now, mostlybeen shrouded in mystery. With access gained through invaluablefamilial connections, the authors were able to open the previouslysealed mouths of Capone’s known living associates. Collecting informationthrough these interviews and never-before-publisheddocuments, the life of young Al Capone at last comes into focus.

Among the many revelations in Young Al Capone are new detailsabout the brutal Halloween Night murder of rival gangster “WildBill” Lovett, grisly details on how Capone and his Black Handcrew cleverly planned the shootout and barbaric hatchet slayingof White Hand boss, Richard “Peg Leg” Lonergan, insight intothe dramatic incident that forced Capone to leave New York, andmuch more.
 

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Contents

Touch Us If You Dare
1
Shoeshines and Shopping Bags
11
Eyes in the Mirror
23
A Yale Education
41
The Cigar Box
47
Going for Baccala
63
To Catch a Star
75
The Man who Created Scarface
109
Ma Dance with Pa
125
Chicago Here I Come
133
Crazy Bennys Watery Grave
167
New Underworld Order
191
Fish in the Barrel
227
The Peg Leg Murders
245
About the authors
263
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About the author (2011)

Bill Balsamo, considered by many to be one of the premier Capone historians, has invested more than twenty-five years in researching and writing this unique book. He is the author of Crime, Inc., now in its fifth printing, and served as a consultant to both Brian DePalma's blockbuster 1987 film, The Untouchables, and the companion book for the 1994 Fox TV special, Loyalty and Betrayal: The Story of the American Mob, produced by Nicholas Pillegi (Wiseguy, Casino). Mr. Balsamo's many television appearances include The Sally Jesse Raphael Show, The Joe Franklin Show, The Geraldo Rivera Show, and various documentary features on the History Channel, A&E, the Learning Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, and, most recently, the Bio Channel.nbsp;

John Balsamonbsp; is the chief executive of SUPERDON INC., a company that markets board games. Previous to that, John worked on the Brooklyn waterfront for more than thirty years while compiling extensive material regarding the life of young Capone.

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