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Al Capone and His American Boys Memoirs of a Mobster's Wife by William J. Helmer

Al Capone and His American Boys Memoirs of a Mobster's Wife


Al Capone and His American Boys Memoirs of a Mobster's Wife by William J. Helmer

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.


Al Capone and his American Boys is highly recommended for those interested in an insider's view of the major criminal events of the Gangster Era. * Informer * This is not another Capone book; he is but a tangential figure in this fascinating account. . . . For true crime and gangster story fans. May 15, 2011 * Library Journal * Al Capone and His American Boys is more than just fascinating history-it's built on the human interest element of living a gangster's life. * *

About the Author

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.

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Publication date

7th December 2012


William J. Helmer

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Indiana University Press


400 pages


Organized crime



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