By William J. Helmer
Whilst 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 to post her tale was once squelched through the mob, she provided it to the FBI within the improper trust they had the authority to strike on the racketeers who had killed her husband Gus. found 60 years later in FBI records, 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 booklet via mob specialist William J. Helmer, Al Capone and His American Boys is a compelling modern account of the heyday of Chicago crime by means of a lady who chanced on herself married to the mob.
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Gus said the police must have got a line on him in some way for they came to inquire about his wound and arrested him, sending him to the County Hospital where he was under guard. However, they failed to make a case and Gus was released. ” Again I pleaded with Gus to go straight, for I was just beginning to learn what it meant to be married to a man involved with a gang. I felt that if I sold the rooming house and got a private home it might aid Gus in his avowed intention of dropping his old friends.
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. In the face of reprimands from the sisters, Gus carried the gun to school, and entertained his fellows with his rapidly improving marksÂ� manÂ�ship. Gus was graduated from the eighth grade, none the better so far as moral education was concerned.
To many anxious eyes it appeared that Gus was slowing down, but a second later I heard the mounting roar of his motor as the police car drew near just before entering the turn. There was an explosion of dust as he went into the curve, and my heart jumped for I thought he had wrecked his car. The police squad was lost in a cloud of dust. Then out of the fog came Gus, bearing down into the highway. The dust settled and the police cars were soon seen beside the road—the officers clearing the dirt out of their eyes.
Al Capone and His American Boys: Memoirs of a Mobster's Wife by William J. Helmer