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Al Capone and His American Boys: Memoirs of a Mobster's Wife by William J. Helmer

By William J. Helmer

While her husband was once murdered at the orders of Chicago mobster Frank Nitti, Georgette Winkeler—wife of 1 of Al Capone's "American Boys"—set out to reveal the Chicago Syndicate. After an try and put up her tale was once squelched via the mob, she provided it to the FBI within the unsuitable trust they'd the authority to strike on the racketeers who had killed her husband Gus. chanced on 60 years later in FBI documents, the manuscript describes the couple's existence at the run, the St. Valentine's Day bloodbath (Gus was once one of many shooters), and different headline crimes of that interval. ready for ebook by means of mob professional William J. Helmer, Al Capone and His American Boys is a compelling modern account of the heyday of Chicago crime by means of a girl who chanced on herself married to the mob.

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Little Gus flourished physically, learned what it was to have his own way, and become a dominant personality in the home. The same influence followed him into parochial school, where records show he was a normal pupil. During early school age he became obsessed with the same mania for guns that most normal boys fall heir to. ” But his mania was not confined to play pistols. He found his father’s revolver, and in a vacant field near the school experimented until he learned how to operate it. Since his father rarely touched the gun he failed to notice that it was in use, and to save him from Ben Winkeler’s wrath the mother bought cartridges to replace those used by her son.

4 T h e Ba d Penn i es Gus Winkeler always envied those whose station in life was superior to his own. In his own words he liked to “put on the Ritz,” but lack of money prevented him from improving his acquaintances. Although he associated largely with the criminal element he resented their uncouthness and was disgusted with the complete lack of refinement in most of them. So when I planned his twenty-third birthday party for March 28, 1923, I decided to invite only his very best friends—those I felt would have enough respect for him to conduct themselves properly.

So I told him the whole story including the fact that I was not well. After considering for a moment he said: “You’ve got guts. ” After that he paid particular attention to my work. He gave me little tips on how to lighten my burdens, and when he saw me making mistakes took me aside and told me the proper method. I rewarded him by doing my best to become a good waitress, and before long became the most tipped girl in the restaurant. The work was hard. Sometimes I put in twelve hours a day and more because I needed the extra money.

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