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Sheboygan Press, The (Newspaper) - July 12, 1930, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
I by Tei la Onel 1 Morait to basis i Ille and a Conn place a de Lorgan Star s w pc fhe game to illness v 11 repro son in High it Scribi Scaler thei and Cash came Nail a put for apr supp if us on a us in the Feal end card incl id Foi toot Idaho Glen talks at Cas Ern hush and i i no ins Ione 2199 led ii True Story o investigator Pat Roche Don t believe what Capone says about getting out of the As told to Bruce Catton by Pat Roche chief investigator for state s attorney Cook county Illinois no one can understand the Chicago gang situation unless he realizes the tremendous Al most unbelievable extent of the gang organizations. The South Side gang headed by Al Capone being the largest and the most notorious will do for an illustration. I la describe it As it revealed itself to me through years of investigation and then you can see How it is that the gangs of Chicago have had such enormous until comparatively recently Capone had his Headquarters in a South Side hotel. Later on the hotel changed hands and the new management promptly kicked him out but for a Long time that was Capone s Headquarters. Capone had 52 rooms in this hotel. He had his own suite with a steel door which communicated into a sort of anteroom where several trusted gunmen were on duty night and Day. You had to pass through this anteroom to get to Capone s suite and the anteroom was never unguarded. Fifty two rooms in the hotel housing Capone and his chief lieutenants and bodyguards. The rooms were always full Capone probably had half a Hundred men at All times in his immediate entourage. These men his Shock troups his gunmen his killers. They were on regular weekly salaries ranging anywhere from to a week plus expenses. Rather a sizeable payroll right there. But that s Only a throughout Cook county Capone had at least 1 000 More men on the payroll men who worked in his breweries men who ran his various disorderly houses men who drove his booze trucks men who did his collecting and so on. These men were also on the weekly payroll with salaries that would average from to a week. Sit Down and figure All of that up and you la get some idea of Al Capone s weekly budget for employees. From to is a fair estimate. Then add to that the uncounted thousands that go out in the form of Protection Money Campaign contributions and the like and you la begin to realize the enormous sums that pass through the hands of a typical Chicago gang each How he organized his gang the size of his army his spy system and his business How he lives works and plays and How he will probably be murdered by his own men Are revealed Here by a Chicago Ace detective be. J like All proper armies every Chicago gang has a Good espionage system. The Way a Man like Capone keeps in touch what s going on is almost incredible. Hero a Sample a couple of years or so ago there was a Man m Chi Cago named Newmark. He used to hold the Job i have now investigator for the state s attorney but he was out of office at that time and he was looking for a Way to chisel in on some of the Chicago graft. So he got hold of a Chap named ralph1 Sheldon who was on Capone s pay Roll As a collector in the Beer and Slot machine Racket and suggested that the two of them band together to oust Ca Pone and take his place. Newmark let on that he had High political connections which would make the whole Job easy once they got Capone out of the Way. Sheldon listened to it and figured it Mig be a Good idea. But before he had a Chance to do anything about it one of Capone s spies got wind of it. Sheldon was promptly told you go out and get this Newmark or you la go so Sheldon took a couple of his friends and tried to carry out the Job but he could t work it and a few Days later he came Back to gang Headquarters to explain. He was then Given a couple of Capone gunmen and the three promised so much Money apiece for doing the Job. This time they succeeded. Newmark got the top of his head blown off with a Shotgun and the three men headed by Sheldon reported Back to Headquarters. Capone according to an informant of mine was so delighted that he seized the gunman who had actually done the shooting and kissed him. But he still had Sheldon Down in his Black books. He would t pay Shel Don the Money he promised him and Sheldon took the hint and lit out for the Southwest. He has t been seen in Chicago since. While i m on the general subject of Gangland executions Here s a Story that shows you what Nice gentle playmates these car one gangsters Are. It was told to me by the wife of one of the gangsters who used to be on Capone s firing squad a woman who finally left her husband to keep from being murdered by him and who save me a Good Deal of information about the Capone gang s activities. Here s the Story of one execution As she gave it to me. She of course got it from her husband who for a Long time Vas one of Capone s most valued gunmen. _ there were three gangsters from St. Louis up in Chi Cago on a sort of combined business and pleasure trip. They were in trouble with their own gang in St. Louis and this gang which had a sort of working agreement with the South Side gang Here in Chicago sent word on to Ca Pone that these three men were to be erased. I might say Here that most of the big City gangs have inter City agreements like that so that they can strike at a distance. The Capone gang agreed and detailed a squad with this woman s husband included to do the Job. Capone s Headquarters so As to get the big in the first place Capone s nun Are Loyal to him. They Are willing to Lay Down their lives for him at any time. In the second place he is never without a bodyguard. I was away from him for a time and tried to come in to see him. I had to pass a double line of his men and was not allowed to come in until after mops mops Volpi one of Capone s most trusted who knew me Well got permission. Capone himself had a Small gun sticking out of a Vest pocket and a clip for the same automatic showing out of his other pocket. Once i saw him sitting in a restaurant the Garden of Italy his regular eating place near the Hawthorne hotel. While he was eating his men were scattered along the bar and out into the Street. An automobile was parked at the curb and a Driver in it. A lady asked to see Capone. He gave permission and received her with Courtesy but every bodyguard looked her Over carefully and the Driver started the engine of his machine. It was running every minute Capone was talking to they Keptot running just to be ready in just a Brooklyn boy who made Good in Chicago in his chosen Field of vice robbery murder. Scarf Ace Al Capone alias Brown relaxes in Florida. His Uncle Sam taught him machine gunnery during the War but his scars Are not the honorable scars of Battle for his country. The St. Louis gangsters were taken in Tow and shown a wild time in Chicago and its suburbs. Capone s men took them to various cabarets and Speake Asies and got the three of them paralysed drunk. Everybody was having an uproarious eve Ning and finally the party in a couple of touring cars headed out through the open country. There along a lonely Road the cars were stopped and everybody piled out. The three St. Louis gang sters were so completely intoxicated by this time that they did t know what was going on. Furthermore they were too drunk to stand up. So they were tied up to Fence posts. Capone s Crew got out stood off at a Little distance Drew their had a session of target practice. Target living targets or at least the targets were living when the sinister fun commenced. According to the Story told me by this woman who had it from her husband who was one of the ringleaders in the proceedings the firing squad simply stood of and brushed up its marksmanship with the unlucky men from St. Louis on the receiving end. But if Capone s firing squad strikes with deadly remorseless certainty it defends his own person with equal sureness. That is the reason Capone has lived so Long. He has seen Many of his rivals fall and Many of his own lieutenants but he himself has always escaped. Capone has t the courage that the other gang leaders have. Either that or he has More discretion. You can put either interpretation on it you want to. The other gang leaders will go out alone now and then to go to cabarets and so on and have a Good time. They can be reached there. A gang can lie in wait for them and get them. But Capone never goes out without a gang to protect him. Here s an illustration that will show what i mean you la remember How Hymie Weiss was murdered the Capone outfit rented rooms across the Street from Weiss Headquarters set up a machine gun there and waited for their Chance. They had to wait two weeks but the Chance came at last. Weiss came out into the open stepped within Range of their that was the end of him. And shortly afterwards a Capone gangster made the following contemptuous remark do you suppose that anybody could Lay plans for weeks in Advance and establish a machine gun nest that close to the King s bodyguard. The big fellow his head ducked to avoid the camera is indicated by the Arrow but the two men at the left have ready hands in Coal pockets not empty. At the extreme right is Jake Lingle murdered Chicago Newspaperman who knew Loo much. N copyright. 19jo, by Eyer week in u. S. A of perhaps you can understand Why Capone has outlived most of his rivals. He takes no chances. The same care is taken when Capone goes out any where. When he walks along a sidewalk he usually has eight men in his bodyguard. Two men walk along at least half a Block ahead of him. Then there Are four who form a sort of Diamond formation around him one a few paces in front one on each Side and one behind. Then two More bring up the rear several Yards behind the main body. His automobile also is especially designed for his Pur poses. It could practically be called an Armor plated affair with Bullet proof Glass in All its doors and its protective Armor makes it about twice As heavy As the Ordi nary Sedan of its size. Capone decided that he needed a car of this kind after his North Side rivals made an at tempt on his life some five years ago. He was Riding along in his car when a big touring car swept up alongside and sent a few rounds of bullets at him. Capone himself escaped unhurt but his chauffeur was badly wounded. After that Capone took up the armoured car idea. But he does t rely solely on this for his Protection when he rides out. Preceding his car there is always a touring car occupied by four gunmen. Following Capone s car there will be another touring car with four More gunmen in it. It s the same when he goes to a thester. Instead of buy ing just two seats for himself and his wife or a Friend he buys eight or ten and has his bodyguard All around him right in the theater. When he goes to a store to buy cloth ing or any sort of merchandise his guards lounge in with him standing about unobtrusively and keeping their eyes Busy while he is waited on scrutinizing All who approach. Capone was so delighted that he seized the gunman who had done the tooling and kissed him impulsively on the Sheek. When he s at his Winter Home in Florida it s much the same. His guards Are always on the Alert. Whenever an automobile swings into the drive leading into his place one of his cars that has been lying in wait just inside the Gate will slide out behind it and Stop right across the drive blocking the exit until the word is passed out from the House that everything is All right. On the front Steps will be a couple More men to give the occupants of the in coming car a Quick inspection. All of this is pretty distasteful to Capone. I Don t think their s any question that it has gotten on his nerves pretty badly. He likes a Good to step out throw parties and forget his the Neces sity of keeping those bodyguards with him All die time cramps his style. In the old Days Capone liked nothing better than to swoop Down on some cafe with his Crew and take the place Over for the night. Sometimes he d have As Many As 200 people As his guests at a party of that kind. The Bill at the end of things might come to several thousand dollars. That was his idea of a Fine time. He always was a free spender. He is said to have admitted to a Friend once that he had spent upwards of since he came to that of course does t include any of his business expenditures. It s easy come easy go with him. Another surprising thing is that Capone who owes so much of his wealth to his gambling outfits has lost a great Deal of Money on the horses. In two years time he is said to have dropped around at one race meeting he was at one time ahead but when the meeting closed he owed the bookies something like incidentally he paid every cent of it. He i not a Welsher. Capone s influence in the suburbs to the South and West in t anything like what it used to be two or three years ago but for a time he was supreme in Many a suburban Village near Chicago. He got into those places rather cleverly too. Suppose he wanted to put up a big roadhouse in some Little town outside of by the Way is a very polite name for the sort of establishment Capone would open. Well the Ordinary citizens of that town might not exactly like the idea of having a wild roadhouse planked Down in their midst. So Capone s lieutenants would look the land Over carefully and make themselves familiar with conditions in the neighbourhood. Then they d make overtures to the residents. They d go to them and establish Good relations with them. They d build a new Side walk in front of one Man s House give another Man s House a Nice coat of paint and so that they were glad to do it so As to improve the appearance of the neigh boyhood and add to the value of their own investment that though is pretty much ancient history now. The state s attorney s office has spent a lot of time and Effort on these suburbs during the past year and they Are fairly Well cleaned up right now. It s in Chicago that Capone is working these Days. I have Felt for a Long time that Capone some Day will meet the same Fate that so Many of his underworld rivals have at the hands of a gunman. When that Day comes i believe he Grill be murdered by one of his own men. His enemies sooner or later will get to one or another of the men in his own bodyguard and that la be the end of Capone. Since he has been released from jail Capone has had a lot to say about getting out of the Don t you believe it hell never get out he can t when you Are in a Chicago gang you Are in for life. There i no such thing As retiring. Hell stick at the game until he Dies. And i Don t be Lieve hell die peacefully in a comfortable bed either. 4fi s my .i1ii1iiiihi1im spa Fri
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