Public Enemies: America's Criminal past, 1919-1940

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The author/researcher team of William Helmer and Rick Mattix take a fascinating look at the golden age of gangsters. They include a chronology of crime, a who's who of criminals, a special look at Prohibition, and more. Bibliography. 22 line drawings. 53 photos.
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Overview

The author/researcher team of William Helmer and Rick Mattix take a fascinating look at the golden age of gangsters. They include a chronology of crime, a who's who of criminals, a special look at Prohibition, and more. Bibliography. 22 line drawings. 53 photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816031610
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Mobsters vs. Outlaws 1
Midwest Gangsters and Outlaws, 1919-1940 2
New York vs. Chicago 10
The Machine-Gun Nest 26
Major East Coast Gangsters and Outlaws, 1919-1940 29
The Castellammarese War 39
Gangster and Outlaw Quotations 46
2 Chicago's Bootlegging Gangs and Its Five Years of "Beer Wars" 52
The Landesco Report 57
The Wickersham Commission 61
The Noble Experiment 62
3 Crime Chronology - 1919-1929 67
Prohibition-Era Crime Chronology, 1919-1929 69
The Black Hand 72
The Man Who Carved Capone 74
The Tale of Morton's Horse 82
The One-Way Ride 88
"The Gun That Made the Twenties Roar" 90
Bombs and Bombast 106
The Machine-Gun Murder of Frankie Yale 114
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre 118
"Machine Gun" Jack McGurn 124
4 The Depression Desperadoes 128
Gang Interconnections 132
5 The Old Cops 'n' Robbers vs. the New FBI: The Rise and Fall of the Last Great Outlaw Band 137
6 The Depression-Era Crime Chronology - 1930-1939 161
Kansas City Massacre 184
Hoover's "G-Men" 192
Dillinger's Wooden-Pistol Jailbreak, March 3, 1934 202
"I Hate to Bust a Cap on a Lady, Especially When She's Sitting Down." 214
John Dillinger's Supposedly Missing Parts 218
The Battle of Barrington and the Mystery of Baby Face Nelson's Death 222
The Body Identified as John Hamilton's 230
Louis Piquett 238
"Shoot into Him!" 240
7 Crime Control - 1919-1940 247
Chronology of Crime Control in the United States, 1919-1940 250
Criminal Anthropology 252
Bulletproofing Cars 256
Bulletproofing People 260
Criminal Identification 268
The "Four-State Pact" 274
Alcatraz, 1868-1963 278
Homicide, Gun Control and Teenage Crime 279
Hoover and La Cosa Nostra 284
8 The Chicago Crime Commission and Its Gangland Body Count 289
Gangland-Style Murders 292
Chicago's "Public Enemy" Campaign 298
Killed in the Line of Duty 300
Bibliography 305
Index 350
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