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The Chicago mob wars begin...



Item # 646847

May 12, 1920

THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 12, 1920 

* "Diamond Jim" Colosimo, early Chicago mobster 
* Al Capone comes to Chicago 
* Gangland war begins


Page 2 has an article: "James Colosimo Slain At Restaurant Door" "Chicago Underworld Character Is Shot Dead by an Unknown Person" with various details. This was James "Big Jim" of "Diamond Jim" Colosimo, who was one of the early Chicago mob bosses and the first to organize the various parts of the Chicago crime network. It was he who brought his nephew John "The Fox" Torrio to Chicago from Brooklyn to be his second in command, and Torrio in turn brought his old Brooklyn lieutenant, Al Capone, to Chicago to work as a bartender & bouncer.
When Prohibition went into effect in 1920 Torrio wanted the gang to enter bootlegging but Colosimo refused. It is suspected Colosimo was assassinated so the gang could enter the lucrative  business. Al Capone was one of the suspected in his death, but no one was ever convicted.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 32 pages, light toning, a little spine wear, otherwise good.

Category: The 20th Century

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