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Mario Gomes
On Al Capone's lawn at 93 Palm Island, Miami.

Television & Documentary film credits

 Global T.V. "Friends and Neighbours" segment aired November 2000.
(Appearance, info and photos).

History vs. Hollywood St.Valentine's day massacre: Anatomy of revenge aired Jan. 2002.
(Info and photos).

 Fox T.V. news aired Sept.10, 2004.
(Appearance, info and photos).

 History Channel's Hardcore history series called Home and Bunker / Al Capone premiered on March 1st, 2005.
(Appearance, info and photos).

The History Channel's Man, Moment, Machine / Al Capone & The Machine Gun Massacre 2006.
(Appearance, info and photos).

 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones (Lucasfilms) 2007.
(Info and photo credit only).

Ken Burns Prohibition 2011.
(Photos)

Special Spaces (Plum Tv) 93 Palm Avenue Capone's Miami home 2012.
(Appearance, info and photos).


Gobal T.V. "Friends and Neighbours" segment.
 Click on photo to see story.





Heather Hiscox listening to me ramble on about Capone and his era.






Global T.V. Al Capone interview




With Anchorwoman Heather Hiscox formerly from Global Television (Now with CBC News world).
Interestingly enough, Heather also appeared in various Hollywood movies playing news reporters / anchors.
She also won the Miss Teen Canada Pageant in 1981. It was a thrill for me to meet her and a total honor for me to be interviewed by such a professional.


Website credits

Story on APB NEWS.COM  June 7th 2000.

Interview on Court T.V. website Feb.12, 2002.
(Interview, info).

Vegas Mob Museum interview by Marcy Kennedy Knight
Feb. 7, 2014
(Interview, info).


Man, Moment, Machine / Al Capone and the machinegun massacre.
History Channel / Edelman productions, Man ,Moment, Machine / Al Capone and the machinegun massacre.
Click on above photo for sample of documentary.



Massacre scenes.

Moran's boys savagely cut down.
Two shotgun blasts end the murderous feast.

Man, Moment, Machine / Al Capone and the machinegun massacre.






History channel's Home and Bunker / Al Capone.

Click on above photo to see trailer.




History channel documentary called Home and Bunker. It revists Al's haunts and homes.





Home and Bunker / Al Capone screen shot from inside the famous Green Mill




In Als' old kitchen at 7244 Prairie Avenue (Home and Bunker).






Pause during filming in Alcatraz prison yard.







Film crew and producer David Huntley with yours truly.






Special Spaces Al Capone's mansion.

Appearance (Plum tv) 93 Palm Avenue Capone's Miami home 2012.


In Al Capone's former home.



Book credits;

Alcatraz ; A definitive history of the penitentiary years
Photos
(Michael Esslinger)
2003.

Guns and Roses; The Untold Story of Dean O'Banion
Researcher
 (Rose Keefe)
2003.

St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Researcher
 (Helmer/Bilek)
2004.

The Most Evil Mobsters in History
Photos
(Lauren Carter)
2004.

Al Capone; Life behind bars at Alcatraz  
Photos
(Mark Brown)
2004.

The Man who got away; The George"Bugs" Moran story
Researcher
(Rose Keefe)
2005.

I didn't know that
Researcher
(Jim Deaton)
2005.

Images of America; Mount Carmel and Queen of Heaven Cemetaries
Researcher
(Jenny Floro Khalaf and Cynthia Savaglio)
 2006.

The Complete Public Enemies Almanac
Researcher
(Bill Helmer and Rick Mattix)
2007.

The Case Against Lucky Luciano
(Ellen Poulsen)
2007.

Egan's Rats
(Daniel Waugh)
 2007.

Chicago Assassin
Site reference & info
(Richard Schmelter)
2008.

Bad Seeds in the Big Apple
Researcher
(Patrick Downey)
2008.

Letters from Alcatraz
Photos
(Michael Esslinger)
2008.

Al Capone And His American Boys
Researcher
 (William J. Helmer)  
2011.

A Killing in Capone's Playground: The True Story of the Hunt for the Most Dangerous Man Alive  
Photos & info
(Chriss Lyon)
 2014.

Off Color: The Violent History of Detroit's Notorious Purple Gang
Photos
 (Daniel Waugh)
2014.



Chicago's Fox T.V. Interview at roaring twenties gangster convention.
Click on above photo to see news story.




Newspaper & Magazine Credits

 Journal de Montreal.
 (Sept 25,2000).


Newspaper story in Montreal's Le Journal de Montreal.


The Weekly 100 people Magazine
(2004).

Japanese magazine on Al Capone No.035



Frequent Flyer Magazine
(December 2004).
Mentions story on best hotels and bars in Chicago with a little feature on Al.


Antiques and Collecting Magazine
(January 2009).
Three page article on my collection.



Ocean Drive magazine
(February 2013).


History Magazine
(Jan / February 2014).
Article on the St. Valentine's day massacre.


Musical credit

These Are They Disposing of Betrayers (2010)
Well, not really a music credit, but more my website used as an inspiration for Chicago's Death metal supreme band called "These Are They". Myalcaponemuseum has been credited in a music cd as an inspiration to a Chicago band's project.

The death metal band called "These are they" has just released a cd called "Disposing of Betrayers" which is based on Chicago Gangland past and present.
The outside back and front cover art pages have recent gangland depictions of a gangster in a trunk that is going to get whacked. The inside contains Capone era depictions with mocked up old newspapers mixed in with 20's era stories. The neat thing about it was the band's ingenious idea of placing the song's lyrics instead of the actual news story. I thought that was pretty cool! While Death Metal is an acquired taste to some, I enjoyed it immensely because the songs have meaning and are all based on an event from that era. The cd has gotten great reviews as their best album yet.
1)The Massacre  (St. Valentine's day massacre).
2) Behind the Door (Torrio's The Four Deuces club and the gambling and murders that happened there).
3) Sins of my Brothers (Gangster getting whacked in a basement for betrayal by him and his bretheren)
4) By Phaeton's Design (Reference to gangster bound and gagged, stuffed in a 1929 Phaeton Cadillac going for a one way ride).
5) No Angels To Catch You (Dean O'Banion's handshake murder with references to Frankie Yale).
6) Cranial Hemorrhage (reference to head being bat in by a baseball bat or blunt object. Anselmi, Scalise and Joseph Giunta come to mind).
7)  La Mano Nera (The Black Hand or Sicilain Mafia).
8) Evening Widows ( Reference to all the wives who became widows after their husband's gangland demises and there were many in Chicago. Refence to Hillside cemetary).
9) Disposal of Betrayers ( Reference of Lake Michigan used as a dead gangster dumping ground. Many ended up tied down below in the 20-30's).
Myalcaponemuseum is mentioned in a Classified section (see below)of the mock up newspaper where the credits are listed. How neat!



As most of you now know, my passion for this subject started back in 1987. I had seen the old black and white The Untouchables shows with awe as a kid. When a remake movie was out with Robert DeNiro, I went to my local movie theater and was awestruck once again. So much so, that I went to the local library and fell in love with Chicago and it's colorful characters that made up the 20's and 30's.

Since then, I have amassed items and info relating to or belonging to that period.
It all started when I had first appeared on APB NEWS for a feature they did on crime collectors. The story was picked up by the local newspaper here in Montreal,Quebec. Thanks to Mr. Patrick Lagacé, of Le Journal de Montreal, I was in a full page story in that newspaper in Sept of 2000.

From this the televison stations called up and pitched their ideas for a story. Of two chosen, I declined one and accepted the one who had a more tasteful approach. I appeared on Global t.v. for a feature called Friends and Neighbours. This show was hosted by well known Canadian news reporter Heather Hiscox.

My website also played a role in spreading this hobby to others. Web designer / developer Diane Tremblay saw my site and asked to demonstrate her web talents by transforming my original site on another and www.alcaponemuseum.com was born.  Since then Diane has developed many intricate websites for various companies.
We both did an interview for Court T.V.


I then attended the Chicago gangster convention in Sept. 2004, hosted by my dear friend Harry Lawrence.
   While there I made a brief appearance on THE Fox TV channel for coverage on the Chicago Gangster convention.


With the Sopranos actor Joe Gannascoli




With the Sopranos actor John Fiore.




With great lady Antoinette Giancana. Her father was Chicago mob boss Sam "Momo" Giancana


During the convention, I had a meeting with documentary producer Mr. David Moore Huntley. His production company (Moore Huntley productions), in association with the History Channel, made the documentary in which I was featured throughout. Mr. Huntley and his crew did a excellent job.They had done other great documentaries such as one called Alaska: Big America, that recently won a 2005 Silver Telly award for outstanding History & Culture programming.
They also produced science documentaries with Alan Alda for PBS.

Since then, I have also learned alot from fellow buffs, actual gangster family members and accomplished authors / historians.
I thank them also for bringing me here. For the opportunity to lend a hand, advice to friends, fellow authors and gangbuffs.
Many have given me credit in their books and publications, videos. For this gesture, I am touched and thankful.





Site reviews

"Great Website you have."
Chuck Goudie, Chicago's ABC 7 Investigative reporter.


"I thought I knew quite a bit about Chicago’s Prohibition Era mobsters -- until I encountered Mario Gomes. His knowledge of the period must exceed that of any person living, and his memory for details is rivaled only by his research capabilities. He should have been the keeper of Al Capone’s personal memoirs, except that we’d probably have lost him to Frank Nitti’s purge of old Outfit loyalists, or to some vengeful remnant of the North Side gang."

 William J. Helmer,
author of The Gun That Made The Twenties Roar,The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Madman In The Tower.
coauthor of Public Enemies; America's Criminal Past 1919-1940 ,The Complete Public Enemy Almanac,Baby Face Nelson,John Dillinger The Untold Story,The Quotable Capone.


"No man alive knows Al Capone better than Mario Gomes.
His aid to me has been incalculable and his Al Capone
Museum website is the product of years of dedicated
research and a tremendous ongoing crusade for both
detail and accuracy. One could read every Capone
biography to date and still not attain Mario's massive
expertise on Capone and Twenties Chicago. This site
blazes like a Tommygun."

The late Rick Mattix,
coauthor of The Complete Public Enemies Almanac

Inexhaustible research with great results. Mr. Gomes has done a splendid job and is, indeed, a Capone-aholic!
Robert J. Schoenberg, author of Mr. Capone

"Highly recommended for the serious researcher or the casual reader, Mario's My Al Capone Museum is a clear oasis of fact amongst a plethora of websites that often blur real Capone and Chicago Prohibition gang history with the usual hand-me-down legends and myths. Arguably among the most knowledgeable persons of the era, Mario is the real deal! Stay here or else..."

Mars Eghigian Jr., author of After Capone: The Real Untold Life and World of Chicago Mob Boss Frank 'the Enforcer" Nitti.


"If this was Prohibition Era Chicago, Mario Gomes would be bumped off for knowing too much. When it comes to Al Capone & the golden age of Chicago gangland; if Mario doesn't know about it, it didn't happen."
Patrick Downey, author of Gangster City : The History of the New York Underworld 1900-1935



"Mario Gomes has given us an encyclopaedic treatment of the Chicago
gangster. Packed with unique photos, personal anecdotes, and information
collected from official sources, this website presents current and future
researchers of Chicago's gangster past with all they need, whether it's to
write a book report... or even a book!"

Rose Keefe
Author, Guns and Roses: the Untold Story of Dean O’Banion, Chicago’s Big Shot Before Al Capone and The Man Who Got Away: The George ‘Bugs Moran Story.


"The Al Capone Museum is an important biographical archive which chronicles the life of Al Capone. It offers a fascinating slice of useful social and cultural history that Al Capone helped define. The magic of this on-line resource is that the history is presented not only through narratives and photographs; but emerges as a vibrant archive containing personal artifacts to help bring this history to life. Mario Gomes knows the territory and is the definitive source on Capone. I highly recommend Mario's website to both the serious and casual researcher."

- Michael Esslinger author of the book Alcatraz: A Definitive History of the Penitentiary Years








ABOUT ME
Now some info on the guy that runs this outfit!


Mario Gomes
Montreal,Canada

Canadian/ Portuguese
Love all types of music Jazz, ragtime, heavy metal ,Rock, opera you name it!
Worked as a painter, optical technician and in picture framing etc..
Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Italian.


Next to my 1969 Harley chopper.



I6 years old and jamming with the band (I'm on drums).



Recording.



Live in concert.




Me and my 1969 Harley Davidson. Fell in love with bikes and women! (I've since sold the bike).





In my Room of Doom.




You talking to me?