Capone Myths

(Page numbers from Mr. Capone follow in parenthesis)

  • That Capone's real name was "Caponi", and he Americanized it

    • It was “Capone” on his birth certificate, and Gabriel’s naturalization papers (18)

  • That little Al and Lucky Luciano were in 1st grade together

    • Luciano, 14 months older, lived and went to school in Manhattan; Capone attended P.S. 7, then P.S. 133, both in Brooklyn (21; 375)

  • That, age 10, little Al challenged a Marine recruit to a fistfight

    • Marine corporal who told story “learned” that boy he claimed he saw was little Al only much later (375)

  • That Johnny Torrio was Big Jim Colosimo’s nephew

    • ​They were unrelated; Torrio cousin of Colosimo’s wife(46)

  • That Capone personally murdered Colosimo (63-5)

    • Frankie Yale did it (62-4)

  • That Capone ranked low in Torrio’s outfit, obscure before 1923

    • Misunderstanding because of 1922 “Alfred Caponi” news story (77-9)

  • That O’Banion’s gang was “Irish”

    • Closest associates and (first three) successors:

    • Hymie Weiss (real name, Earl Wojciechowski)

    • Vincent Drucci (Di Ambrosio)

    • George Moran (two 1921 Cook County Criminal Court cases gave his alias, "Morrisey," but said his real name was unknown, although he was of Polish extraction; a 2010 book, though, says his birth name was "Adelard Cunin," his father French, mother French-Canadian)

    • Louis Alterie (Leland Verain, French extraction)

    • Nails Morton (Samuel Markowitz)

    • Maxie Eisen

    • Daniel J. McCarthy (Irish extraction!) (80-1)

  • That O’Banion spoke with a brogue (always in movies)

    • Born in Aurora, Illinois, 1892, moved to Maroa, IL, mid-’90s, then Chicago early, 1900s (106)

  •  That O’Banion had been an altar boy

    • Family did not attend church in Maroa; O’Banion not baptized until 12, first communion 6 months later, left school/church next year; only students could be altar boys (106-7)

  •  That Capone was mysterious “3rd gunman” when brother Frank was killed

    • later positively ID’d as David Hedlin, also wounded by police (98)

  • That O’Banion was murdered because he said, “Oh, to hell with them Sicilians”

    • Capone’s one known prejudice was against Sicilians; once said, “You can’t trust those damn Sicilians. They really aren’t Italian and they’re no damn good”; he had almost more trouble with the Gennas than with O’Banion (114)

  • That Capone set out to murder the O’Donnells because Klondike had said he sold better beer than “the slop Capone peddles”

    • started by Cicero card dealer; in reality murders (including McSwiggin’s) were culmination of trouble months old that had grown acute (147)

  • That murder of Theodore Anton, owner of Hawthorne Hotel left Capone in tears

    • Capone ordered it (168)

  • That Mayor Thompson was dumb, creature and tool of Lundin

    • When they fell out, Thompson destroyed Lundin and his new candidate at "The Rat Show"; campaigned brilliantly before and after Lundin (171)

  • That Jack McGurn’s “real” family name was Gebardi or Demory or Demora

    • Born Vincenzo Gibaldi (181)

  • That Capone’s had arranged as an alibi to be with the Dade County Solicitor, in Florida, at the moment the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre was going on

    • The official specified date and time for an interrogation (with an assistant DA from New York) about Yale’s murder; started at 2:30 p.m., the Massacre already over (216)

  • That Capone celebrated the Massacre by throwing a party on Palm Island that night

    • It was two nights later, a party planned way in advance for the press covering the Sharkey-Stribling fight in Miami (221)

  • That Moran said, “Only Capone’s gang kills like that”

    • First appeared in Miami papers, and endured; actually Moran, in hiding, had sent word to Chicago police, “We don’t know what brought it on. We’re facing an enemy in the dark.”(219)

  • That John May had been an innocent Massacre victim, an “ordinary mechanic”

    • Twice charged with robbery and larceny, a gang driver, started maintaining the gang’s trucks a month and a half before; Reinhart H. Schwimmer wasn’t a gang member, but a groupie (210)

  • That Fred R. Burke was certainly one of the St. Valentine’s killers

    • No ties to Capone; the sort of flake Capone would never have used (227)

  • That Eliot Ness and Untouchables “got” Capone

    • Raids cost Capone considerable money, but Ness never “dried up Chicago” or even close; Capone never charged with Prohibition violation, Ness’s only area of enforcement; Ness had nothing to do with tax charges

  • That Ness, Untouchables, IRS men and undercover agents were in danger

    • Capone’s men ordered never to resist, let alone attack, cops or federal officers; bribery, the “fix” and flight were only permitted defenses

  • That Capone refused treatment for syphilis because he feared injections

    • Started treatment as soon as Wassermann showed positive

  • That “lost Capone,” Jimmy (Richard Hart), was honest lawman

    • Twice charged with murder, finally dismissed as town marshal for pilfering on night rounds; ended up fronting for Ralph

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