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Gangster facts and side stories
Here interesting little blurbs that didn't make headline news, but that is fun reading nonetheless.



September 15,1928
Capone shoots himself after playing a game of golf with Johnny Patton, named the boy Mayor of Burnham.
Capone was getting into a car when his .45 discharged in his right pant pocket, thus creating a bullet wound to both legs and groin.Al was taken to St .Margaret's Hospital in Hammond. Al registered at the hospital under the name of Geary. Al's entourage occupied five rooms at the hospital.On guard was Louis"Little New York" Campagna.


October 29,1931
A raid at the Lexington hotel leads detectives only to nab Capone's cook James Arcadi and dishwasher Dominick Autilitano.(All of Capone's henchmen flee).
Both show Detectives Al's favorite Spaghetti.


March 4,1931
Al Capone succeeds in having the soubriquet "Scarface" stricken from the warrant served to him by Judge Wilkerson.

June10,1944
John Maritote calls police to tell them that thieves stole three wrist watches worth $240 from 7244 South Prairie avenue.


December 14,1930.
Jake Lingle's widow  Mrs. Helen Sullivan Lingle asks for compensation for her husband's death from his employer.She claims he was killed while doing his job and asked for the maximum of $4250.


February 13,1947
Matthew Capone hurts his back after falling down stairs while at a showup before police.Matt received medical attention in his cell.


April 26,1932
Story appears that Mafalda Capone (Al's sister) gave birth to a baby girl named Dolores.


January 31,1933
A week earlier three bullets are removed from Frank Nitti's body.These were put there by detectives during a tussle in Nitti's office.


August 6,1965
Famous incident in which Albert Francis "Sonny" Capone steals some batteries and a bottle of aspirin at a supermarket worth a grand total of $3.50.He is put on probation for two years.His past good conduct gets him off lightly.He is at this time working for a Hollywood Florida tire company.


May 25,1926
Mrs. Viola O'Banion is fined $5 for speeding in her automobile.


June 2,1938
George Gusenberg 21, nephew to the infamous Gusenbergs is found by police hiding under a bed with his big feet protruding.
George is  brought to the police station as a suspected peeping tom and burglar.


January 24,1933

Reports from the Chicago Herald Examiner that Mafalda Maritote (Capone) narrowly escapes gunfire while holding her child Dolores.She was walking accompanied by her husband John Maritote and his brother Frank.It is believed Frank was the intended target.Four shots were fired from a passing motor car and all targets hit the ground and were unhurt.

April 15,1933
John Stege and William Shoemaker are brought into court on vagrancy charges.The judge realizes that these two panhandlers had the same names as the police captain and chief of detectives.As such the judge lets them off easy because of the similar names.

November 2,1936

Sonny Capone smashes his roadster in Florida.He was attempting to pass another car when he suddenly loses control.His car careens into a tree turning it upside down.
He suffers only light injuries.



December 30,1941

Sonny Capone gets married to his high school sweetheart Diana Ruth Casey of Chattanooga.The two are married at St.Patrick's Church in Florida. 300 guests attend.


October 18,1965

The United States Supreme rejects final appeals by the Capone family in their 6 million dollar lawsuit claiming shame and humiliation against the Columbia broadcasting company,Desilu productions and Westinghouse Electric corporation for their protrayal of Al Capone in the series "The Untouchables"
The judge contended that the show did not violate any of the family rights, but only Al's .Since Al Capone passed away, he no longer had any of said rights.



First Posted June 2008