The Boys in Chicago Heights: The Forgotten Crew of the Chicago Outfit

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Chicago Heights was long the seat of one of the major street crews of the Chicago Outfit, but its importance has often been overlooked and misunderstood. The crew’s origins predate Prohibition, when Chicago Heights was a developing manufacturing center with a large Italian immigrant population. Its earliest bosses struggled for control until a violent gang war left the crew solidified under the auspices of Al Capone. For the remainder of the twentieth century, the boys from Chicago Heights generated large streams...
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Overview

Chicago Heights was long the seat of one of the major street crews of the Chicago Outfit, but its importance has often been overlooked and misunderstood. The crew’s origins predate Prohibition, when Chicago Heights was a developing manufacturing center with a large Italian immigrant population. Its earliest bosses struggled for control until a violent gang war left the crew solidified under the auspices of Al Capone. For the remainder of the twentieth century, the boys from Chicago Heights generated large streams of revenue for the Outfit through its vast gambling enterprises, union infiltration and stolen auto rackets. For the first time, the history of the Chicago Heights street crew is traced from its inception through its last known boss.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781609497330
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 298,031
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Luzi has been pursuing true crime history in Chicago Heights for more than 25 years. He has contributed to A&E’s biography of Al Capone, the History Channel’s “Rogue’s Gallery” program, and published works by John Binder, Jeff Thurston, and Art Bilek.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

1 Crossroads of the Nation 13

2 Prohibition, Antonino Sanfilippo and Phil Piazza 20

3 Gang War and the Rise of Dominic Roberto 30

4 The Era of Big Jim Emery 46

5 Frank LaPorte 63

6 The Al Pilotto Years: 1972-1982 90

7 Turmoil and the Years of Decline 102

Epilogue 113

Notes 117

Bibliography 125

About the Author 128

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Good Book, I'd recommend it and I've read most of the Outift boo

    Good Book, I'd recommend it and I've read most of the Outift books. Brings light to the Idea from other books and the theory of, was the Heights Crew actually more in control of Capone then ever thought. Many say the Frankie LaPorta was the most powerful mobster no one ever knew. I may believe that. It's well documented Accardo and him were very close.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

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    Fascinating Reading

    I grew up in Chicago Heights and it was wonderful to read the history. Everyone in the town has a story, but it great to read the facts. Purchased 5 copies for my entire family. Well written and hard to put down.

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