A Killing in Capone's Playground: The True Story of the Hunt for the Most Dangerous Man Alive

A Killing in Capone's Playground: The True Story of the Hunt for the Most Dangerous Man Alive

by Chriss Lyon


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988977204
Publisher: In-Depth Editions, LLC
Publication date: 06/01/2014
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 431,653
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

For nearly twenty years, public safety professional and historian Chriss Lyon has not only walked the beat, but shot the most famous Thompson submachine guns in the world, all while documenting and researching the historic era of the “The Roaring Twenties.” Using techniques of forensic genealogy combined with investigative research, she has been able to uncover little known facts about the people and events surrounding the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, revealing them at presentations at schools, museums, genealogical, and historical societies. Her passion in Prohibition-era gangsters, maritime, and aviation history as well as historical weather has afforded opportunities to write articles for various magazines and journals and assist other authors with historical research. A graduate of Grand Valley State University’s Film/Video School, Chriss began working behind the scenes at CNN Headline News but now is out in front of the camera. She has appeared in an episode of the PBS series, “History Detectives” as well as documentaries on the National Geographic Channel and Investigation Discovery Channel.

Table of Contents

Author Notes 15

Foreword 21

Prologue 22

Part I Crime

Chapter 1 First-Generation American 32

Chapter 2 A New Blue Coat on the Beat 41

Chapter 3 Bootleggers And Bad Guys 48

Chapter 4 Capone's Playmates 56

Chapter 5 St. Valentine's Day Massacre 67

Chapter 6 Suspects And Science on the Stand 75

Chapter 7 Twin Cities, Twin Issues 91

Chapter 8 The Big Oilman 97

Chapter 9 Before The Crash 101

Chapter 10 An Accidental Encounter 104

Chapter 11 "They Call Women Dumb…" 126

Chapter 12 The Saltshaker Did Him In 133

Chapter 13 Mourning 143

Part II Capture

Chapter 14 The Most Dangerous Man Alive 162

Chapter 15 Burke Against Ballistics 176

Chapter 16 The Chambermaid 186

Chapter 17 The Amateur Detective 191

Chapter 18 Silencing The Spy 202

Chapter 19 The Watch 208

Chapter 20 "Tonights The Night" 217

Chapter 21 Captured " 224

Chapter 22 Race For Justice 230

Chapter 23 Facing The Coppers 237

Chapter 24 Green City Speaks 246

Chapter 25 The Trial And Judgment 249

Part III Consequence

Chapter 26 Inmate Number 5293 268

Chapter 27 Room For Two 274

Chapter 28 Al Capone's Grand Exit 291

Chapter 29 Fred Burke-The Movie 299

Chapter 30 Cheers, Prohibition Ends 305

Chapter 31 Goodbye, Gus 310

Chapter 32 New Massacre Clues 316

Chapter 33 A Short Life Sentence 327

Chapter 34 Paying Old Debts 334

Chapter 35 "Do You Believe In Santa Claus?" 340

Bibliography 354

Acknowledgements 363

Index 366

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A Killing in Capone's Playground: The True Story of the Hunt for the Most Dangerous Man Alive 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
HistoryBuffetzz More than 1 year ago
Excellent read! I could barely put this book down. It was well-written and offered many details about a tragic event. I'll never look at the St. Valentine's Day Massacre the same way again.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite Come visit an era of violent gangsters, corrupt politicians, and honorable policemen as they live their lives in one of the most violent times of the 1920s-1930s Michigan and Illinois states ever experienced, with murders, brutal acts, automobile accidents, speak-easies, bootleggers, and much more. Learn about famous gangster Al Capone, Officer Charles Skelly, and Fred Burke, with the documented true account in interviews, quotes, and photographs. A Killing in Capone's Playground: The True Story of the Hunt for the Most Dangerous Man Alive by Chriss Lyon is an incredible crime story based on real events and people. There is probably not a person in the United States who doesn't know who Al Capone, the famous gangster is, but do they know the ins and outs of his "playground" or operation, the truths and lies about his legacy or life?  With its documented quotes from interviews, and historical pictures, A Killing in Capone's Playground is a book a reader will not put down until the end. Having long been fascinated with the '20s era and everything that went with it - bootleggers, gangsters, Prohibition, speak-easies, and corrupt politics - I wasn't disappointed when reading Chriss Lyons' book, but was rather joyfully overwhelmed with facts, accounts, and events new to my knowledge on the subject. Author Chriss Lyon has provided readers with a well researched, highly detailed account of Mr. Al Capone, his cronies, and the policemen involved during one of the most violent eras in American history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. I am a writer and so I don't spend as much time reading as I should. However, I LOVED this book! I found the subject matter fascinating, the writing style was crisp and engaging and the research was top-notch. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in gangsters (the real kind) and history, because I learned SO much! Chriss (the author) has a comfortable reading style, which meant I never labored over what I was reading. Likewise, her descriptions of the era, the locales and the people involved felt like I was right there. I highly recommend this book.