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Louis 'Two Gun' Alterie death

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July 19, 1935

THE SPRINGFIELD UNION. Massachusetts, July 19, 1935

* Louis 'Two Gun' Alterie death
* Chicago Gangsters
* "Woman in Red" - John Dillinger

This 30 page newspaper has one column headlines on page 14:  "CHICAGO GUNMAN IS SHOT DOWN OUTSIDE HOTEL", "Former O'Banion Lieutenant Dies Without Making Statement; Assassins' Bullets Miss His Wife".

Other news of the day throughout including period advertisements and the front page reporting on John Dillinger's "Woman In Red" (see photos). There is light browning, little margin wear, but it is otherwise good condition.

wikipedia notes: During Alterie's absence from Chicago, the gang war between the North Side Gang and the Chicago Outfit continued. In 1929, the outfit had killed seven North Side gang members in the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre. The Chicago Outfit was now in charge.

Other than a vagrancy arrest in Chicago in 1933, Alterie kept a low profile. However, that changed in June 1935 when Alterie was forced to testify against Ralph "Bottles" Capone, Al Capone's brother, on a tax evasion charge. On July 18, 1935, Louis Alterie was killed while leaving his North Side Chicago apartment. Ironically, Alterie was shot by snipers lying in wait for him across from his apartment, using a technique Alterie had pioneered during Prohibition.

Category: The 20th Century