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Capone's Long Stay in Philadelphia (from Oct. 2010 issue of Informer)

Capone's Long Stay in Philadelphia (from Oct. 2010 issue of Informer)

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Published by Thomas Hunt
Following the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and the murders of John Scalise, Albert Anselmi and Joseph “Hop Toad” Giunta, Chicago gang boss Alphonse Capone found himself targeted by law enforcement as well as underworld rivals. His summer 1929 jailing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, following a brief visit to Atlantic City, New Jersey, is viewed by many historians as more than a coincidence. It is often referred to as a Capone-orchestrated plot to shield the crime boss. While the possibility of Capone’s involvement in setting up his own arrest remains a mystery, in this article, Thomas Hunt shows that Capone did not act like a willing prisoner and worked continuously to regain his liberty.

This article was originally published in the October 2010 issue of Informer: The History of American Crime and Law Enforcement. Other related articles in that issue include: “Capone Gets Chatty with Schofield,” “FBI Investigates Tale of Counterfeit Capone,” “Controversy Still Surrounds Capone-Johnson Photo,” and “Eastern State Penitentiary: A Bastion of Solitude.”

In addition the issue features an article on Pennsylvania Crime Syndicates, “A Room for Two: Winkeler and Moran” by Chriss Lyon, Philadelphia Mafia Membership Chart by Bill Feather, an interview with freelance archivist Arthur Nash, a review of Ron Chepesiuk’s new book Sergeant Smack, and book and television notes.

The complete issue is available in electronic format through the Scribd service:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/38877720/Informer-October-2010
Following the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and the murders of John Scalise, Albert Anselmi and Joseph “Hop Toad” Giunta, Chicago gang boss Alphonse Capone found himself targeted by law enforcement as well as underworld rivals. His summer 1929 jailing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, following a brief visit to Atlantic City, New Jersey, is viewed by many historians as more than a coincidence. It is often referred to as a Capone-orchestrated plot to shield the crime boss. While the possibility of Capone’s involvement in setting up his own arrest remains a mystery, in this article, Thomas Hunt shows that Capone did not act like a willing prisoner and worked continuously to regain his liberty.

This article was originally published in the October 2010 issue of Informer: The History of American Crime and Law Enforcement. Other related articles in that issue include: “Capone Gets Chatty with Schofield,” “FBI Investigates Tale of Counterfeit Capone,” “Controversy Still Surrounds Capone-Johnson Photo,” and “Eastern State Penitentiary: A Bastion of Solitude.”

In addition the issue features an article on Pennsylvania Crime Syndicates, “A Room for Two: Winkeler and Moran” by Chriss Lyon, Philadelphia Mafia Membership Chart by Bill Feather, an interview with freelance archivist Arthur Nash, a review of Ron Chepesiuk’s new book Sergeant Smack, and book and television notes.

The complete issue is available in electronic format through the Scribd service:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/38877720/Informer-October-2010

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Published by: Thomas Hunt on Oct 07, 2010
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