Al Capone and His American Boys

Al Capone and His American Boys: Memoirs of a Mobster’s Wife by William J. Helmer
(with Georgette Winkeler’s one of a kind record of her life with the Chicago mob)

HV 6534 .C4 W56 2011

“Maybe Georgette Winkeler had no idea what she was getting into when she married into the Chicago mob.  But when her husband Gus – one of Al Capone’s “American Boys” – was murdered in 1933 on the orders of Frank Nitti, Georgette set out to expose the Chicago Syndicate.  After an attempt to publish her story was squelched by the mob, she offered the memoir to the FBI in the mistaken belief that they had the authority to strike at the racketeers who had killed her husband.  Discovered more than 50 years later in FBI files, the manuscript describes the couple’s life on the run, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (Gus was one of the shooters who gunned down seven members of the rival Bugs Moran North Side gang on that day in 1929), and other headline crimes of that period.  However much Georgette tries to diminish her husband’s responsibility for his crimes and to exaggerate her efforts to reform him, her memoir is a vivid and painful account of her life.  It is also a unique document by someone who personally knew Al Capone, his successor Frank Nitti, and other well-known mobsters.  Prepared for publication with commentary and historical notes by mob expert William J. Helmer, Al Capone and His American Boys is a compelling contemporary account of the heydey of Chicago crime.” – publisher description

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