Key People in Al Capone's Story

FAMILY

  • Parents: Gabriele (Gabriel); Theresa Raiola

  • Siblings (in order of birth): Vincenzo (Jimmy, later Richard Hart),

  • Raffalo (Ralph), Salvatore (Frank), [Al], Amadeo Ermino (John, nicknamed "Mimi"),

  • Umberto (Albert John), Matthew Nicholas (so baptized), Rosalia (Rose), Mafalda

 

PRINCIPAL MEMBERS OF HIS GANG

(after he succeeded Johnny Torio)
  • Frank Nitti (Francesco Raffele Nitto) - second in command;

  • Jack Guzik - business manager, bag man;

  • Lawrence Mangano, Charley Fischetti (Capone cousin) - beer distribution;

  • Joe Fusco - liquor distribution; John Patton - brewery operations, political fixes;

  • Frank Pope, Anthony "Mops" Volpe - overall gambling operations;

  • Peter P. Penovich, Jr. - floating casinos;

  • James V. Mondi - oversaw independents;

  • Hyman "Loud Mouth" Levine; chief collector;

  • Duke Cooney - brothel operations;

  • George "Red" Barker, William J. "Three-Finger Jack" White,

  • Murray L. "The Camel" Humphreys - labor extortion;

  • "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn (Vincenzo Gibaldi), Frank Milano - chief gunmen

  •  Frank Rio (Cline), Frank Maritote (Diamond), Phil D'Andrea - chief bodyguards

  • James Belcastro, Joseph Genero - bombs, explosives

  • Rising young stars: Sam "Golf Bag" Hunt; Anthony Accardo (Joe Batters),

  • Joseph Aiuppa (Joey O'Brien), Sam "Mooney" Giancana, Paul "The Waiter" Ricca


GANG LEADERS

  • Charles Dion "Deany" O'Banion

    •   succeeded by: Hymie Weiss (Earl Wojciechowski), Vincent "Schemer"

    •   Drucci (Di Ambrosio), George "Bugs" Moran;

    •   Louis "Two-Gun" Alterie (Leland Verain), adjunct members: Samuel "Nails"

  • Morton (Markowitz), Daniel J. "Dapper Dan" McCarthy, Maxie Eisen,

  • Genna Brothers: Samuel, James, Peter, Antonio, Michael, Angelo

  • Terrence J. Druggan, Frank Lake

  •  William "Klondike" & Myles O'Donnell; Bernard (brother) (West Side)

    •   James J. Doherty, Thomas "Red" Duffy, James "Fur" Sammons

  • Ralph Sheldon

    •   Danny Stanton; John "Mitters" Foley

  • Joseph "Polack Joe" Saltis (actually born in Hungary, spelled his name "Soltis")

    •   Frank McErlane

  •  Edward J. "Spike" O'Donnell (far South Side)

    •   brothers Walter, Thomas & Steven

  • Joseph Aiello

  • Claude "Screwy" Maddox

  • Martin Guilfoyle

  • Herschel Miller
     

MAYORS

  • William Hale "Big Bill" Thompson, Jr., William E. Dever (reformer),

  • Anton J. Cermak (corrupt)

    •    Fred Lundin - political operative (Republican, Thompson's mentor)

    •    George E. "Boss" Brennen - (Democratic Party boss)

  • Joseph Z. Klenha - corrupt mayor of Cicero

    •    Edward G. Kovalinka - political boss, courted Capone's election help

  • John Patton - "Boy Mayor," suburban Burnham when Torrio came
     

LAWMEN & GOV'T AGENTS

  • Robert E. Crowe - State's Atty, Thompson ally, capable, equivocal honesty

  • William Harold McSwiggin - Crowe's star asst., murdered by mistake

  • Morgan A. Collins - honest police Captain, Dever made Chief

  • Metellus Lucullus Cicero Funkhauser - Morals Div. head, undercut by Thompson

  • George E. "Q." Johnson - U.S. Attorney in Chicago

  • James H. "Shooey" Malone - arrested Capone in Philadelphia

  • Michael F. Malone - undercover work as Michael Lepito

  • Eliot Ness - Prohibition agent, head of special "Untouchables" squad

  • Michael J. Ryan - crooked police captain in Levee district

  • Max Nootbar - honest, replaced Ryan after scandal, exiled to sticks by Thompson

  • Edward J. O'Hare - key informer; murdered; father of "Butch" O'Hare (cf. airport)

  • Charles F. Rathbun - special prosecutor in death of Jake Lingle

  • Patrick J. Roche - star investigator of Treasury Dept's, Special Investigation Unit (SIU)

  • Michael Hughes - blowhard, ineffective chief of detectives; later chief under Thompson

  • William F. Russell - Hughes's replacement after scandal; Lingle's pal, doubtful honesty

  • Elmer L. Irey - head of SIU

  • Anthony L. Ruthy - cop who chased Lingle's killer, changed testimony, later murdered

  • William H. Shoemaker - honest cop, promoted by Dever, later chief of detectives

  • John Stege - tough, honest detective captain, later dep. chief

  • Len Small - corrupt governor of Illinois

  • Nels Tessem - dogged SIU agent; with Arthur P. Madden uncovered key evidence

  • James H. Wilkerson - judge at Capone contempt and tax trials

  • Frank J. Wilson - SIU agent, uncovered key evidence against Capone

ST. VALENTINE'S MASSACRE VICTIMS

  • James Clark (real name, Albert Kachellek)

  • Frank Gusenberg (survived briefly, died in hospital; wouldn't talk)

  • Peter Gusenberg (Pete's older brother; they were gang's muscle; Henry was due later)

  • John May

  • Reinhart H. Schwimmer (gang groupie, failed oculist)

  • Frank Snyder (Adam Heyer)

  • Albert R. Weinshank (probably mistaken for Moran by Capone's watchers)

  • Highball (May's Alsatian - only permanent survivor)

OTHERS (Alphabetic Order)

  • Michael J. Ahearn - Capone's lawyer, researcher, brief-writer; at tax trial

  • Salvatore "Samoots" Ammatuna - bagman for Gennas; briefly head of Unione, before

    •  Capone had him killed to make way for Tony Lombardo

  •  Albert Anselmi - with Scalise, ace killer, lured from Gennas, then killed by

    •  Capone when they conspired with Guinta (see below) to betray him

  • Robert "Bobby" Barton - Jack Guzik's driver, lent to Torrio; driving when Torrio shot

  • Sylvester Barton - Bobby's brother, Capone's driver

  • Judge Bernard P. Basara - Crowe's candidate in '28 "Pineapple Primary"

  • Morris Becker - honest dry cleaner; enlisted Capone to fight extortion

  • James V. Bennett - Director of Prisons, sent Capone to Alcatraz

  • Anthony C. Berardi - newspaper photographer, Capone's favorite

  • Leo V. Brothers - cheap crook, framed for Lingle's murder

  • Herman M. Bundesen - Coroner, ran St. Valentine's inquest

  • Frederick R. "Killer" Burke - St. Valentine's suspect (unlikely)

  • Albert Francis "Sonny" Capone - Capone's son, later changed name

  • Mary "Mae" Coughlin Capone - Capone's wife

  • Ralph "Risky" Capone, Jr. - Capone's nephew; used "Gabriel" as last name; suicide

  • John J. "Bathhouse" Coughlin - crooked alderman of Levee district with Kenna

  • James M. Cox - Ohio publisher; '20 pres. candidate; Miami oligarch against Capone

  • Louis "Diamond Lou" Cowen - gnomish newsstand owner; Capone's bondsman

  • Anthony D'Andrea - election fight with Michael Powers showed

    • gangs (before Beer Wars erupted) wisdom of Torrio's plan for gang cooperation.

  • James "Files" DeAmato - Capone's spy, told Capone of Yale's treachery; murdered

  • Sen. Charles S. Deneen - Crowe's opposition to his candidate sparked Pineapple Primary

  • Albert Fink - with Ahern, Capone's lawyer at tax trial; botched defense

  • Carl "Skip" Fisher - Miami oligarch

  • Arthur Finnegan - White Hand gang member in Brooklyn, beaten up by Capone

  • Frank Foster ("Frost," "Citro," Ferdinand Bruna) - Zuta's man; killer of Lingle

  • Frank "Galluch" Galluchio - petty thief, scarred Capone over insult to sister, “Lena” (pseudonym that brother insisted on)

  • Vincent Giblin - Capone lawyer in Miami

  • Joseph "Hop Toad" Guinta - briefly, Unione head; see Ansemi

  • Jacob I. Grossman - lead prosecutor in tax trial

  • Daniel Healy - detective who killed Vincent Drucci

  • Parker A. Henderson, Jr. - son of former Miami mayor, became Capone groupie

  • Peter B. Hoffman - corrupt Cook County (Chicago) sheriff

  •  Joseph L. Howard - killed by Capone, personally, after beating Guzik, insulting Capone

  • James A. Johnston - warden of Alcatraz, interviewed Capone extensively

  • Michael "Hinky Dink" Kenna - see Bathhouse John Coughlin

  • Paul A. Labriola - killed by D'Andrea's men for loyalty to Alderman John Powers

  • Alfred J. "Jake" Lingle - Tribune legman; gang ties; murdered

  • Edward R. Litsinger - Sen. Deneen's candidate in Pineapple Primary

  • Frank J. Loesch - head of Crime Commission, asked Capone to police '28 election

  • Pasqualino "Patsy" Lolordo - Unione head, Capone friend, murdered by Aiello

  • Anthony Lombardo - same as Lolordo, but even closer to Capone

  • William "Wild Bill" Lovett - Brooklyn gang lieutenant, psychopathic killer intended to

    • avenge Artie Finnegan's beating; reason Yale sent Capone to Chicago in 1919

  • John H. Lyle - honest but erratic judge; Thompson called him "nutty"

  • Samuel D. McCreary - Miami Director of Public Safety; after Capone at oligarchs' order

  • Daniel "Big Dan" Mahoney - Cox's son-in-law; directed Miami anti-Capone campaign

  • John J. Maritote - Mafalda Capone's husband, Frank Maritote's kid brother

  • Lawrence P. Mattingly - Torrio's, then Capone's tax lawyer; incompetent;

    • wrote damning (by mistake) "Mattingly Letter" to IRS

  • Mike Merlo - strong Unione head; natural death cleared way for O'Banion murder

  • Thomas D. Nash - partner of Ahearn, courtroom wizard; mysteriously not at tax trial

  • Ted Newberry - walking to garage with Moran when Massacre occurred; later botched murder attempt on Zuta

  • David V. Omens - Capone's doctor

  • Kenneth Phillips - Miami doctor, signed phony affidavit in contempt case

  • John "Gianni Pauli" Powers - alderman in war with D'Andrea

  • Fred Ries - head cashier at Capone Casino, The Ship; key testimony at tax trial

  •  Louise Rolfe - McGurn's mistress, "the Blonde Alibi"

  • Edward C. Romfh - Miami oligarch, banker, ex-mayor

  • John Sbarbaro - Asst. State's Atty, later judge; also undertaker for all gangs

  • Daniel A. Seritella - City Sealer; Capone pal

  • E. G. Sewell - Miami oligarch, ex-mayor

  • Jack Sewell - E. G.'s nephew, a Capone groupie

  • Billy Skidmore - bondsman Capone used before Lou Cowen

  • Manley Sullivan - petty crook in key Supreme Court decision: IRS could tax crime income

  • John A. Swanson - honest judge, involved in Pineapple Primary, murders of Lingle, Zuta

  • Edward D. Vogel - slot-machine king/pol in Cicero; opposed Torrio-Capone, then ally

  • Frankie Yale (Francesco Ioele, "Uale") - Capone's mentor in Brooklyn; killed Colosimo,

    •  O'Banion as favor; betrayed Capone, murdered

  • Jack Zuta - pimp, minor far North Side gang leader; had Lingle killed; murdered


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