A Tour of Capone's Chicago with Jonathan Eig
Jonathan Eig tours the site of one of Al Capone's most gruesome hits.
From the darkened tunnel that would become a tomb for executed journalist Jake Lingle to a blood splattered parking garage where seven people were gunned down on St. Valentine's day, turf wars and rum-running made Chi-town one of the toughest cities in America. See the site of hits, hideouts, ambushes and executions that made the Windy City famous for all the wrong reasons. (Link)
But rather than accept the same old story, author Jonathan Eig checked it out. He went back and found original documents: Church and municipal records from Italy dating back more than 200 years. He discovered that Capone's family was not from Naples at all but from the small town of Angri in the Campania region of Italy, 20 miles away from Naples, the same town where another famous gangster--Frank Nitti--was born.
Capone’s father was a pasta maker and later a lithographer. He became a barber only after moving to the United States. Al Capone's grandparents--Vincenzo and Marzia Calabrese Capone--were also pasta makers, and owned their own shop in Angri. Gabriele left Angri for a few years and settled six miles to the west in the city of Castellammare di Stabia, a rough-and-tumble seaside community. But by the time he reached his middle twenties, Gabriele had returned to Angri and settled into a home at 52 Via Concilio.
On May 21, 1891, in the Church of San Giovanni Battista in Angri, Gabriele married the woman who would exert the ultimate influence throughout the life of Al Capone: Teresa Raiola, a farmer's daughter and the youngest of four girls. Gabriele and Teresa had two children in Italy before moving to the United States in the mid-1890s. Alphonse Capone was the fourth of their seven children.
Here — presented for the first time — is the Capone family tree. (Link)
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