A New Officer
He’s getting ready to face the mob on their turf. He’s not a famous officer. So who knows if he ever collared a mobster or if he ended up on the take.
These girls evaded police for years. Here they are being questioned by cops and I’m sure the conversation was quite lively. They were finally caught in 1927 on a home robbery.
Lucky Beyond Belief
Three Fingered Jack seen here leaving a courtroom just got off another charge of murder of a police officer. He had been charged twice for killing officers. But, he obviously had more money than the prosecutors.
John Dillinger seen here handcuffed to Deputy Sheriff Pierce so he couldn’t run. Dillinger was facing murder charges as he sat in the courtroom. He ended up getting sentenced to prison, but later escaped as he was known to do.
Have you ever wondered how prison guards are able to keep 1,500 prisoners in check? They do a great job. But sometimes, inmates tend to riot and they can make a real mess when they do.
These are the guys who started it all. But, they were at a major disadvantage. Still, using the primitive tools they had available at the time, they were able to get their man some of the time in a steadily advancing field that can solve anything with anything now.
Leaving the courtroom on charges of robbing the First National Bank, Dillinger is seen here with a motley looking crew. Throughout his career, Dillinger robbed 24 banks as well as 4 police stations.
The Old Poisoning Trick
Officers are exhuming a body because the circumstances of his death are quite coincidental. Otille “Tillie” Kilmek would take life insurance out on her husbands and then poison them. Officers became suspicious after her first three husbands died that way and the fourth one became ill.
South Side Handbook War
Racketeer Carroll “Kickey” Corcoran died tragically behind the steering wheel of his car because he happened to be mixed up in a shooting. It was infamously referred to as the South Side Handbook War because of the gaming operation Kickey found himself caught up in.
Watcha Get For Snitching
Thomas Daley, James Morelli, and Lowell Fentress gunned down this man covered in the sheet. His name was John Kuesis and his sister, Estelle Cantoumanos grieves over him while she identifies the body. This is the ultimate consequence of what happens when a man snitches on the mob.
The Great Catch
Al Capone was able to evade the police and criminal processing his entire career. That is until they finally got him on tax evasion. The lawyer to his right looks like he’s going to be sick because he’s probably imagining how he’ll get whacked.
They killed his brother. James Morelli is standing while Nick Kuesis points at him and points out that he’s one of the murderers. Yes, Nick’s brother is John Kuesis and it appears Nick has no care in the world for the message the three mobsters sent the first time.
The Good Ol’ Days
Blocking their faces from the photographer, mobsters are being arrested. They appear to be heading to transport. But with no officers in the photo, it’s hard to tell what’s really going on.
A Murder Of Mobsters
Tony Accardo was a primary suspect in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Here two police investigators are inspecting a firearm to see if they can find some evidence.
The Walk Of Al Capone
Al Capone is being led out of the courthouse by officers on his way to prison. Don’t you like how he’s not in handcuffs? They had more trust back then or something.
To think that Al Capone could not get collared over his illegal alcohol operation. They had to get him on tax evasion. This is during the Prohibition when police had nothing better to do but to harass people and break their bottles of whiskey.
Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. were known as the “Thrill Killers.” They look particularly sinister in this photo, which is thanks to the photographer with a knack for capturing the moment.
The Bulletproof Shield
Elliot Wisbrod stands behind his invention while an officer tests it. That’s called believing in your work. I’m pretty sure he tested it first before he stood behind it.
Not Happy This Time
Al Capone is not enjoying this day. He’s walking into court and who knows why he’s not smiling. Could it be because he knows his fate or that he’s just not in the mood for photos that day?
If you’re wondering how many mobsters could get off their charges, here’s your answer. Clarence Darrow was the lawyer to many of them. Probably the reason he looks so exhausted in this photo.
A Fatal Drink
Her name was “Moonshine Mary” Wazeniak who was convicted of something very interesting. When a shot of her moonshine killed George L. Rheutan, she was convicted of selling fatal moonshine. Some people would say all moonshine is fatal, but have they died from it?
Outmanning The Force
The police didn’t have guns like these. Only mobsters had access to them and law enforcement often found themselves outmanned.
The infamous mugshot of one of the most famous mobsters. Al Capone was considered by many people to be a nice guy. That’s because he gave to the community, that is unless you crossed his path the wrong way.
A Real Thug
This man does not look like a nice guy. That’s because Walter Smith is a cold blooded murderer. He seriously didn’t care if he shot them in public, in the middle of the day.
Old Time Drug Dealer
William Moore was a very intimidating drug dealer. In fact, some of his product was completely fake and no one complained. They cared more about their life than they did about complaining over terrible service.
How in the world did the police have enough foresight to get this picture of Edward Dalton and De Gracy? This is a mugshot by the way. Sitting relaxed in their chairs with no handcuffs on or anything, it looks like they’re posing in a studio.
Joseph “Polack Joe” Saltis seen here signing papers was a bootlegger who dominated the Southwest Side of Chicago. He’s at the police station, but he was good at dodging charges and amassed great fortune in his lifetime.
Not The Airport
“Machine Gun” Kelly seen here walking in handcuffs. He kidnapped Charles F. Urschel who was a big time oil guy. That plan didn’t go well, but these officers escorting him should be happy to be alive.
Real Gambling Thugs
With a big smile on his face, George McManus was charged with murder of another gambler. But, that’s why they get the good lawyers. George was acquitted of the charges and walked out of the courthouse happy.