Scarface Al and the Crime Crusaders: Chicago's Private War Against Capone

Scarface Al and the Crime Crusaders: Chicago's Private War Against Capone

by Dennis E. Hoffman
     
 
Hoffman reconstructs in detail a number of privately sponsored citizen initiatives directed at nailing Al Capone. These private ventures include prosecuting the gangsters responsible for election crimes during the Pineapple Primary; establishing a crime lab to assist in gangbusting; underwriting the costs of the investigation of the Jake Lingle murder, stigmatizing

Overview

Hoffman reconstructs in detail a number of privately sponsored citizen initiatives directed at nailing Al Capone. These private ventures include prosecuting the gangsters responsible for election crimes during the Pineapple Primary; establishing a crime lab to assist in gangbusting; underwriting the costs of the investigation of the Jake Lingle murder, stigmatizing Capone; and protecting the star witnesses for the prosecution during the pretrial period of Al Capone's income tax evasion case.

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Hoffman debunks the myth that Eliot Ness and the Untouchables defeated Al Capone by marshaling superior firepower, showing rather how a handful of prominent Chicago businessmen waged a "private war" against Capone--from the successful lobbying of Presidents Coolidge and Hoover on behalf of federal intervention to the trial, sentencing, and punishment of Capone. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809319251
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
11/24/1993
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Dennis E. Hoffman is an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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