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Currently looking for this!
Startling Detective magazine dated September 1931.
Anyone who has it and is willing to sell it please contact me at
Well, here we go again! More disproving of past nonsense which seems to pop up from time to time! A story taken from Laurence Bergreen's fictional Capone bio has made stories again via a baseball message board. People should really take the time to do some research before believing everything they read.
There is a claim that the boy in this photo next to Al Capone is not Sonny (Albert Francis) Capone, but a stand in used by the name of Sam Pontarelli from Chicago Heights.
So where did the story come from? Again, Bergreen's book, see page 227. Here is the passage:
"...Capone became a regular at Chicago Cubs home games, always in the company of several bodyguards, and occasionally a young boy that everyone, including the newspapers, assumed was his son. But Capone was not so foolish as to display his only child in front of 30,000 members of the public. Sonny Capone remained secluded in the safety of the family house on South Prairie Avenue, and this boy was a stand-in. He was Sam Pontarelli, another of Capone's surrogate sons."
No footnote explaining anything about this passage; not when or why this supposed person stated it, no discussion of the proof that this supposed person provided showing that it's not Sonny, not anything to corroborate this statement. The only thing noted is "Pontarelli interview".
For further proof that puts this story to lie with the fishes please click on this above same photo. It will take you to a video. I have taken a bonafide Capone family photo of Albert Francis "Sonny" Capone and superimposed it as a transparency over the above photo. This is without a doubt Al Capone's son and not a stand in as claimed by Bergreen.
New book on the way!
Al Capone's Beer Wars:
A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago during Prohibition
Although much has been written about Al Capone, there has not been--until now--a complete history of organized crime in Chicago during Prohibition. This exhaustively researched book covers the entire period from 1920 to 1933. Author John J. Binder, a recognized authority on the history of organized crime in Chicago, discusses all the important bootlegging gangs in the city and the suburbs and also examines the other major rackets, such as prostitution, gambling, labor and business racketeering, and narcotics.
A major focus is how the Capone gang -- one of twelve major bootlegging mobs in Chicago at the start of Prohibition--gained a virtual monopoly over organized crime in northern Illinois and beyond. Binder also describes the fight by federal and local authorities, as well as citizens' groups, against organized crime. In the process, he refutes numerous myths and misconceptions related to the Capone gang, other criminal groups, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and gangland killings.
What emerges is a big picture of how Chicago's underworld evolved during this period. This broad perspective goes well beyond Capone and specific acts of violence and brings to light what was happening elsewhere in Chicagoland and after Capone went to jail.
Based on 25 years of research and using many previously unexplored sources, this fascinating account of a bloody and colorful era in Chicago history will become the definitive work on the subject.
November 5, 2016
Possible new movie on Al Capone in the works?
It's not the first time we have been teased by Hollywood in recent years. Many have fell through before production movies like The Untouchables; Capone Rising, Cicero etc....But not since Robert DeNiro's Capone role do we now have Tom Hardy set to play big Al in his tormented years! You know? the scary ones near the end of his life. That should be interesting to say the least! Hardy sure has a lot on his plate to pull off. Yes, in the meantime there have been documentaries, with shitty re-enactments, lousy Al Capone acting etc... I'm relying on a guy like Hardy to dust off the past Capone books, read newspaper accounts of the day to get a glimpse into the real Al Capone and PLEASE, not the Looney Toons version of what some faulty books and documentaries already give us as their version.
This current angled scenario, near the end of his life with recollections or flashbacks should be real kick ass! Of course that is, if it's done right!
Yes, we the people demand historically correct please! I guess like always in the past, we just have to wait and see!