From the slums of Brooklyn to the luxurious hotels and nightclubs of Chicago, legendary mobster Al Capone took a meteoric rise to the highest levels of the criminal underworld at only twenty-five years of age. He became one of the wealthiest men in the world, with scores of speakeasies, brothels and gambling houses under his control and hundreds of gunmen ready to do his bidding. But in spite of his vast power, Capone was a man who lived in ...
From the slums of Brooklyn to the luxurious hotels and nightclubs of Chicago, legendary mobster Al Capone took a meteoric rise to the highest levels of the criminal underworld at only twenty-five years of age. He became one of the wealthiest men in the world, with scores of speakeasies, brothels and gambling houses under his control and hundreds of gunmen ready to do his bidding. But in spite of his vast power, Capone was a man who lived in fear – haunted by a vengeful spirit from St. Valentine’s Day 1929!
Journey back to Roaring 20s Chicago with author Troy Taylor and discover the world of Al Capone and the gangs that made the city streets run red with blood! In this first, full-length book to unravel the haunting of Al Capone and other gangland ghosts of Chicago, you’ll find a time of jazz, bootleg liquor and rattling tommy guns as Taylor brings to life the mob violence and brutal revenge from the Prohibition era. Enter the world of Big Jim Colosimo, John Torrio, the “Terrible” Gennas, Dion O’Banion and of course, Al Capone and come along for the rise and fall of Capone and the various gangs of Chicago, the Beer Wars, the police and political corruption, the deadly shootings, the “one-way rides”, the mob assassinations and the other terrifying events that left lingering spirits in their wake!
Troy Taylor is an occultist, supernatural historian and the author of 86 books on ghosts, hauntings, history, crime and the unexplained in America. He is also the founder of the American Ghost Society and the owner of the Illinois and American Hauntings Tour companies.
Taylor shares a birthday with one of his favorite authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald, but instead of living in New York and Paris like Fitzgerald, Taylor grew up in Illinois. Raised on the prairies of the state, he developed an interest in "things that go bump in the night" at an early age and as a young man, developing ghost tours and writing about haunts in Chicago and Central Illinois.
He began his first book in 1989, which delved into the history and hauntings of Decatur, Illinois, and in 1994, it spawned the Haunted Decatur Tour -- and eventually led to the founding of his Illinois Hauntings Tours (with current tours in Alton, Chicago, Decatur, Lebanon & Jacksonville) and the American Hauntings Tours, which travel all over the country in search of haunted places.
In 1996, Taylor organized a group of ghost enthusiasts into an investigation team and the American Ghost Society was launched, gained over 600 members in the years that followed. The organization continues today as one of America’s largest and most honored research groups.
In 1997, Taylor launched the Haunted America Conference, regarded as "America's Original Ghost Conference" in Decatur, Illinois. After a number of years in Alton, Illinois, the conference has returned to its original site at the Lincoln Theater in Decatur. The Haunted America Conference remains the most imitated conference in the country and in 2012, held the 16th annual events in Illinois.
In addition to the tour companies and Haunted America Conference, Taylor is also the founder of Whitechapel Press, a publishing company for books about the supernatural that he started in 1993, and Dark Haven Entertainment. In 2011, he also became one of the principal owners of the haunted Avon Theater in Decatur, Illinois.
Along with writing about the unusual and hosting tours, Taylor is also a public speaker on the subject of ghosts and hauntings. He has appeared in scores of newspaper and magazine articles about the subject and in hundreds of radio and television broadcasts about the supernatural. Troy has appeared in documentary productions for TLC, The History Channel, A&E, Discovery Channel, & more!