Earl "Hymie" Weiss

Weiss, who was often credited with coining the phrase “take him for a ride," succeeded Dean O’Banion as leader of the North Side gang. Weiss was a smart tactician and a capable businessman. But he spurned Capone’s attempts to make peace and escalated the gang wars by launching a massive attack on Capone at Cicero’s Hawthorne Inn in 1926. A caravan of gunmen shot up the hotel but never came close to hitting their target. Soon after, Weiss was gunned down on State Street, in front of the flower shop where his predecessor, O’Banion, bit the dust.

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