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The Tangled Web: The Life and Death of Richard Cain - Chicago Cop and Mafia Hitman
     

The Tangled Web: The Life and Death of Richard Cain - Chicago Cop and Mafia Hitman

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by Michael J. Cain, Michael Cain
 

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“Richard Cain was possibly the most corrupt police official in the history of Chicago.” — Federal Bureau of Investigation. Here is the dramatic story of Detective Richard Cain’s criminal career as revealed by his half-brother. Cain led a double life—one as a well known cop who led raids that landed on the front pages, and the other as a

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“Richard Cain was possibly the most corrupt police official in the history of Chicago.” — Federal Bureau of Investigation. Here is the dramatic story of Detective Richard Cain’s criminal career as revealed by his half-brother. Cain led a double life—one as a well known cop who led raids that landed on the front pages, and the other as a “made man” in one of Chicago’s most notorious mafia crime families. Michael Cain weaves together years of research, interviews, family anecdotes, and rare documents to create a comprehensive biography of this complex, articulate, and self-contradictory criminal genius. In a story that reads like the plot of Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, Cain played both ends against the middle to become a household name in Chicagoland and a notorious figure in both the Mob and the world of Chicago law enforcement. Eventually murdered in a café by two masked men wielding shotguns, he lived and died in a world of bloodshed and violence. Cain left behind a story so outlandish that he has even been accused of being involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Filled with fascinating and until-now unknown facts, The Tangled Web tells the full story of this one-man crime wave.

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Publishers Weekly

Richard Cain (1931–1973), shot to death in a Chicago sandwich shop, was most probably murdered by members of the Chicago Mafia. The author, Cain's half-brother, presents in numbing and amateurishly written detail the life of a "made" man who joined the Chicago Police Department to be mobster Sam Giancana's man on the inside. Cain achieved some fame for being an aggressive vice cop, as well as notoriety in the killing of an alleged child molester, although he was cleared of any charges. Through Giancana, Cain became involved in a CIA plot to kill Fidel Castro (though the author found no evidence to support rumors that Cain was connected to the JFK assassination). And thanks to political connections, Cain was eventually appointed chief of the Special Investigations Unit of the Cook County Sheriff's Department. Cain continued to work both sides of the law, was convicted on several charges and spent several years in prison. Despite the author's painstaking research, the descriptions of his subject as an intelligent and handsome man with savoir faire, who dazzled women with his charm and his risk taking, are less convincing than the story of a hardened criminal without a conscience. Photos. (May)

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ISBN-13:
9781602390447
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.30(d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Cain researched the story of his half-brother with the help of federal agencies, local police departments, and sources on the street from Chicago to Washington, D.C. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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The Tangled Web: The Life and Death of Richard Cain - Chicago Cop and Mafia Hitman 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Imagine having a half brother who was both a highly decorated police detective and a ¿made¿ soldier in Chicago¿s Giancana crime family. That is the story that unfolds as Michael Cain describes the double life of his half-brother Richard. Richard Cain was rumored to be involved in the CIA plots to assassinate Fidel Castro and he was also named as one of the mob hit men supposedly involved in the assassination of JFK. He was appointed Chief Investigator for the Cook County Sheriff¿s Department at the same time he was on the payroll of mob boss Sam Giancana. What is amazing is that Richard Cain¿s corruption was widely suspected yet it did not prevent him from moving up the ranks of law enforcement. Along the way he also found time to bug foreign embassies, pass himself off as a psychologist and become and informant for the FBI. The book is mesmerizing read and covers many aspects of organized crime in Chicago from the 1950¿s to the early 1970¿s.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm looking forward to reading this book----I heard the 'good brother' interviewed on WGN...and it was superb...I'm going out now to pick it up..............
Guest More than 1 year ago
With strong resemblance to The Departed, this book is the amazing true story of Richard Cain, a Chicago police detective who was also a made man in that city's brutal mafia. I couldn't put this one down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was decient not great. The Giancana information was good but new or earth shaking. It reinforces the corrupt nature of the Chicago police and political machine. Doesnt convince you he wasnt in on jfk hit. Good book if you enjoy the history of outfit and characters like Giancana.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book hard to put down, I enjoyed learning about the history of Chicago's Outfit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading about names I have known . Well written,a few grammatical mistakes but fun and exciting . Would read again and I don't read books more than once.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago