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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 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.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)|
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.