For sale! Bill Helmer is selling his cemetary plot at Rosehill cemetary in Chicago. It is the plot right next to St. Valentine's day massacre victim Rienhart Schwimmer.

If interested please contact me at alcaponemuseum@gmail.com


New John Torrio items found!
click here!

I personally don't ask for any money, and everything on the site is free for you to look at, learn and enjoy. If you somehow enjoyed your visit here and feel grateful and compelled enough to contribute something to the cause with either a donation of a Capone related item or funds for the site, then please feel free to do so. If it's funds then please donate via paypal what you feel is right and justified to alcaponemuseum@gmail.com
Your name will be listed below unless you choose to remain incognito. Your support helps the site to keep going for years to come (webspace and domain renewal) with more time for future research and more interesting things to see here.


Welcome to
"My Al Capone Museum"
Now with over 130 web pages and 3559 images!
"Unlike the City of Chicago, who seems hellbent on erasing everything related to the Capone era, here you will find some of the past brought back for history's integrity, and for the Capone era's rightful place in history. How can we learn from the past if you deny it ever existed"
Mario Gomes

To see and read more about the guy who runs this website please click on above photo.

Mario Gomes

Swimming in Al Capone's pool and yours truly in front of the cameras once again.
Shooting in front of the entrance to Al's living room.
(Photo at left courtesy Magaly Acosta. Photo to right courtesy of Plum TV.)

The Museum Directory


Frequently Asked Questions


 Al Capone's Personal Telephone

Al Capone's Personal Straw Boater

    Al Capone's Framed Signature

       Al Capone's Light Fixtures        

Al Capone's Silver Tray

            John Torrio Personal items           

Exhibit C & D; Two Goddard SVD Massacre bullet fragments

Interesting items retrieved from Al Capone's Lexington office suite and hallway

Alton/Anton Hotel Relics

7244 Prairie Avenue (Al Capone's old home)  

   93 Palm Avenue (Al Capone's Florida retreat)    

         93 Palm Avenue Part 2       

         93 Palm Avenue Part 3        

         93 Palm Avenue Part 4       

 Artifacts from 93 Palm Avenue

The New 93 Palm Avenue home

The New 93 Palm Avenue home Part 2      

The Capone era Cicero, Illinois

The Four Deuces (2222 S. Wabash)

Al Capone's Bathroom Tile From The Lexington Hotel

Inside the Lexington Hotel photos

Geraldo's Capone Vault Grand Opening

The Lexington's destruction

X Marks The Spot Magazine

Capone Magazines and Booklets

Capone Videos

Capone Books

knick knacks

Capone's Chicago

Chicago photos

The Capone Documents

Capone Photographs

Capone Photographs 2

Capone Photographs 3
(The Joe Walters Collection)

My Capone History Channel Shoot

Gravesites

    Gravesites 2  

FDR and Al Capone's Cadillac; Truth or Myth?

Al Capone and Friends: A well Known but Misidentified Photo

Al Capone goes to Cuba

Capone at the ballpark
Al Capone's Death and Funeral
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
The Massacre Pt.2

Massacre Victim's Stats.

Massacre Newspaper blurbs

Valentine Killers?

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Bricks

Some Theories on the Valentine Massacre

Discounted Valentine Massacre theories

The St.Valentine Massacre guns today

St. Valentine's day Massacre bullets and evidence

The Adonis Social Club incident

When,where and how did they die?

Mugshots

Gangster facts and side stories

The Obituaries

Gangster talk

Gangster Fashion

Gangster Molls

William Hale "Big Bill" Thompson

Gangland Armourers; Peter Von Frantzius, Louis Scaramuzzo, Von Lengerke and Antoine

The Chicago Typewriter

Gangster Hitspots

    Mae Capone    

Louise Rolfe  "The Blonde Alibi"

Alberto Anselmi & Giovanni Scalise

Frank Parker

William Niemoth

Jake Guzik's mugs

Samuel "Golfbag"Hunt

Jake Lingle

Frankie Yale

Salvatore "Samoots" Ammatuna

Jack Zuta

Leo Vincent Brothers

Edward "The Slot King" Vogel

Johnny Torrio

Joe E. Lewis

Rocco DeGrazia

Machine Gun Jack McGurn

Willie Heeney

James "Fur" Sammons

Three fingered Jack White

George 'Red" Barker

Anthony "Tough Tony" Capezio

Frank Nitti

Dean Charles O'Banion

George Clarence Moran

Earl "Hymie" Weiss

Vincent "The Schemer" Drucci

Fred "Killer" Burke

Fred Goetz

Joe Aiello

Edward "Spike" O'Donnell

The Genna brothers

Angelo La Mantia

Frank Rio

Ragtime Joe Howard

Hinky Dink and Bathouse John

Sol Van Praag

Theodore Anton

Edward Tancl  

Joseph Bergl  

Daniel "Danny" Stanton

Samuel "Nails" Morton

Eliot Ness

Al Capone's Tax Trial and Downfall

Al in Jail

Mario Gomes

Bill Helmer

Chriss Lyon

Rose Keefe  

Daniel Waugh

Thomas Prior

John J. Binder

Allan R. May

Robert Gallo as Al Capone

Rick Mattix

Joe Walters

Newspapers of the day

Newspapers  part two

Newspapers part three

Newspapers Part Four

Gangster related articles

The Green Mill

Colosimo's

Alcatraz

Alcatraz Part 2

Al Capone goes to Baltimore

Gangster sites today

Gangster sites part 2

Dead Gangsters (Warning very Graphic)

Origins of the Scars

Collecting Al Capone

The truth about Al Capone's signature
In Memoriam
Al Capone and other gangster related books

A telling postcard from Chicago,  circa 1908


Contact Me


This personal non-profit site was made strictly for your enjoyment and mine. It took me many years and money out of my own pocket to make. I do not have an agenda claiming that I own Al Capone, nor am I peddling any book. I do not associate myself with any author, writer, Capone relative, any supposed Capone relative or other Capone website, unless it's specified here, or if their book, site or name appears here. Some people claim this subject for fame and glory, some do it for the money, some for both. For me, it's merely about the fascination of the era.This educational website's aim is strictly about telling a historically untwisted, unbiased and correct version (at least as close as humanly possible) of Al Capone and the roaring twenties. Through this process, I wanted to share it with all true history buffs out there, whether experienced or novice. Nothing more, nothing less!

If after your visit you liked what you saw, then please take the time to sign the guestbook by clicking on Capone's fountain pen below. It's really appreciated by me, and by those who contribute to this site! (Historians, buffs, site donors and relatives of these bios and artifacts).
I personally don't ask for any money, and everything on the site is free for you to look at, learn and enjoy. If you somehow enjoyed your visit here and feel grateful enough to contribute something to the cause with either a donation of a Capone related item or funds for the site. If non Capone items, then please donate via paypal what you feel is right and justified to alcaponemuseum@gmail.com
Your name will be listed below unless you choose to remain incognito. Your support helps the site to keep going for years to come (webspace and domain renewal) with more time for future research and interesting things to see.
Enjoy clicking through this site and thank-you for your kind support!
People who support this site by their kind donations are listed below. They are what helps keep this site going strong while keeping the past alive.  
Special Thanks to:
Jonathan Bergman


 Please sign the museum guestbook




Welcome to my personal homepage. Welcome to My Al Capone Museum web site. In the past 27 years, I have collected items belonging to and dealing with the Granddaddy of all American gangsters, Alphonse Capone. My fascination with Capone started out with Robert De Niro's outstanding perfomance as the eminent Chicago underworld king. My curiosity was peaked.I wanted to know more about Al Capone and his era. I immediately began my search and soon found out that the facts were far more exciting than any of Hollywood's made up fiction. Al Capone was a multi-faceted man. He could be kind,vicious,loyal and quick with a joke. I must say outright that he was a gangster and a criminal. I do not endorse his way of life by any means, but I will admit that I am fascinated with his staying power (still popular 84 years after his era and 67 years after his death)! This non profit website was made to educate and satisfy various people interested in this particular era of history. People from all walks of life visit and enjoy these pages. It all started with a single web page and then quickly snowballed into what you see today. After coaxing by some media people,(they almost had to twist my arm, literally!) I finally gave in and appeared on History channel T.V. documentary, participated in some newspaper and television news stories for my Capone research / collection. Click through to let me share the past and some of my collection with you. Enjoy! Sincerely,

Mario Gomes


Mario Gomes can be contacted at Alcaponemuseum@gmail.com




“The older I get, the more I realize that the light you think you’re radiating is not the light other people see when they look at you. I wonder how Al Capone felt about himself as he looked in the mirror in the privacy of his own bathroom. I’m sure he thought of himself as a very human guy.”
- Hollywood Legendary Actor Paul Newman, 1989.


Some website reviews

The following kind blurbs are really appreciated. It makes the long nights spent working on it all worthwhile.


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


"My Metal Band just finished our newest album and it's all based on Early Gangland Chicago. Your site was a one stop shop for all the great old info. Thanks. I'll thank you on the album."
Steve - THESE ARE THEY - CHICAGO DEATH METAL SUPREME!


"After doing months and months of research on Capone's life for my one man show; King of the City; an evening with Al Capone, I discovered Mario's site and was blown away. The info on Al, his collegues, the pictures, facts and items, etc. are amazing. This is the Bible of the Underworld! "
Robert Gallo, Hollywood Actor, Starred in the mob drama "Street Boss" and co-starred with Talia Shire in a comedy called "The Deported". Has appeared on many television shows such as Becker, The Ex- files, NYPD Blue, ER, Lois and Clark, Cagney and Lacey, The A-Team, St . Elsewhere, Falcon crest etc..



"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


"Love your site".
Matt Lee, Editor - in- Chief ,The Men's book / Modern Luxury magazines



"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.


Mario Gomes has provided the interested reader an invaluable and exhaustive gold mine of information on the gangster era. It is the straight story, correcting misinformation and providing a wealth of new information. This is the source for anyone looking for facts on the famous gangsters!
 Jim Ridings, author of "Len Small, Governors And Gangsters."


"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 and great Rick Mattix, co-author of The Complete Public Enemies Almanac


"The internet's oldest and strongest Capone site. Mario has been interested in Capone and Chicago gangland history since 1987 (and it shows)! He's talked to all the historians and researchers, as well as some knowledgeable family members, to find out what there is to find out about the man and his times."
John Binder,  Chicago Gangland historian and author of The Chicago Oufit.


"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 of Guns and Roses: the Untold Story of Dean O’Banion, Chicago’s Big Shot Before Al Capone , The Man Who Got Away: The George ‘Bugs Moran Story and The Starker: Big Jack Zelig, the Becker-Rosenthal Case, and the Advent of the Jewish Gangster


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