Capone's Chicago
Al Capone – a name that conjures as much myth as it does truth. GET CAPONE presents interactive features exploring the real Capone and the world he lived in. Check back for regular updates as we examine the truth behind this larger-than-life gangster.
April 6, 2010

Gangland Chicago Tour iPhone App

Follow in Al Capone's footsteps with this iPhone app. Jonathan Eig provides you with a walking tour of all the bloodiest gun battles, booze busts, and secret hideouts in Prohibition-era Chicago. Great for tourists taking a trek to the Windy City or locals who want to learn more about their city's grusome history.
December 8, 2009

A Tour of Capone's Chicago with Jonathan Eig

Jonathan Eig tours the site of one of Al Capone's most gruesome hits.

October 8, 2009

The Lawmen

The Lawmen While thugs, bootleggers and mobsters ruled the streets of America's big cities, American lawmen fought to maintain order while exforcing the highly unpopular prohibition of alcohol.
September 25, 2009

The Lineup

The Lineup Meet the crime bosses, thugs, hit men, bootleggers and enforcers that kept Chicagoans running scared, America in hooch, and G-Men on the prowl.
July 28, 2009

Gangland Chicago Map

Gangland Chicago Dateline: Chicago, 1930. Violent underworld elements rule the streets of Chicago, openly flouting the government’s attempts to enforce prohibition.

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)

July 21, 2009

Capone's Family Tree

Capone's family treeFor eighty years, journalists and biographers have described Al Capone as the American-born son of a barber from Naples. Because Naples was under the control of the Camorra, and because barbers were often forced to pay the Camorra for protection, writers have suggested that Capone's father may have planted in his boy the seed of the Mafia.

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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