When her husband was murdered on the orders of Chicago mobster Frank Nitti, Georgette Winkeler-wife of one of Al Capone's "American Boys"-set out to expose the Chicago Syndicate. After an attempt to publish her story was squelched by the mob, she offered it to the FBI in the mistaken belief that they had the authority to strike at the racketeers who had killed her husband Gus. Discovered 60 years later in FBI files, the manuscript describes the couple's life on the run, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre (Gus was one of the shooters), and other headline crimes of that period. Prepared for publication by mob expert William J. Helmer, Al Capone and His American Boys is a compelling contemporary account of the heyday of Chicago crime by a woman who found herself married to the mob.
William J. Helmer is author (with G. Russell Girardin) of Dillinger: The Untold Story (IUP, 1994) and The Gun That Made the Twenties Roar as well as other books on the gangland era.
Foreword by John Winkeler Foreword by Rose Keefe About This Book Acknowledgments A Note on Georgette and Gus Winkeler "A Voice from the Grave": The Memoir of Georgette Winkeler 1. The Seventh Child 2. "For Better or for Worse" 3. Heist Guy--Egan's Rats and the Cuckoo Gang 4. The Bad Pennies 5. Affairs with the Police 6. Fugitives on the Lam 7. Workhouse Widow 8. Gratitude--and Murder 9. Flight from St. Louis 10. Meet Al Capone 11. The Toledo Killing 12. Frankie Yale 13. Murphy's Tough Skull 14. The St. Valentine Day Massacre 15. Hiding Out 16. On the Run 17. "Killer" Burke and the Policeman's Murder 18. New Face and New Fingerprints 19. "Killer" Burke on the Lam 20. The Car Crash 21. Capone to the Rescue 22. The Greatest Bank Robbery 23. Chicago's "Secret Six" 24. Enter Father Dwyer 25. The Shooting of Frank Nitti 26. Nitti's Revenge 27. "The Informer" 28. The Boom Days 29. A Promise Kept 30. Gus and the Planted Gun 31. Legal Beer at Last 32. Gus Winkeler and the New North Side 33. The Kansas City Massacre 34. Gus and the "Miller Massacre" 35. Beginning of the End 36. The Syndicate Closes In 37. The Police Called It Suicide 38. "They've Taken Him to the Morgue" 39. Gus Goes Home 40. Who Killed My Husband? 41. The Widow and Her World 42. "The Gas Lisped Its Song of Death" 43. Rebirth and Revenge 44. End of the Empire 45. "Do You See This Gun?" 46. Confronting the Mob 47. On the Spot 48. Resolution Georgette Talks to the FBI Biographies and Historical Notes Index