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Death Corner In Chicago’s North Side Early 20th Century “Little Hell”

February 19, 2012 Leave a comment
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Less than a mile from Chicago’s famed gold coast is one of the city’s more infamous areas. In an area roughly between La Salle & the river and Division & Chicago was the home of the notorious Cabrini Green housing project and before that it was an slum known as “little hell” populated by Italian & Irish immigrants. In the early part of the 20th century the area was so crime ridden the police didn’t even spend much time there.

It was an area firmly in control of the “black hand” a precursor to the Mafia. They were an organization that offered to provide protection to the immigrants from themselves basically. How it worked was you revived a warning note from them and if you didn’t pay well then bad things happened. And at the corner of Oak and what is now known as Cleveland was the favorite dumping ground for the bodies of victims that didn’t heed the warning. A 1931 report says as many as fifty bodies turned up at this corner.

There were a number of assassins that dumped there bodies there the most famous of them was known as the “shotgun man”. He is alleged to have killed 15 including four within a three day period.

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The 7-10 Split: Death Corner In Chicago’s North Side Early 20th Century “Little Hell”.

“Bathhouse” John Coughlin; Chicago Alderman / Poet / Barkeep

January 30, 2012 Leave a comment

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Chicago’s 1st ward encompasses the wealth of downtown and the large population of transients that used to populate the near south side. A combination that made it a powerfull aldermanic post. John “Bathouse” Coughlin was a flamboyant character who was alderman for more than forty years. For a good portion of those decades he along with his partner Mike “Hinky Dink” Kenna were the center of power in Chicago. Mike McDonald may have been the first vice baron in Chicago but The Bath and The Hink were the first to really organize vice and gambling and turn it into political power in the Windy City. Big Jim Colissimo was a bagman for them before inheriting their vice racket.

In this clip we see a pair of establishments The Bath operated on Madison st. In downtown Chicago. Where St. Peters church now stands used to be the spot where the Brevoort Hotek once stood, In the basement of this luxury hotel (the first in Chicago with an elevator) was John’s bathhouse. Just a few doors west is where he operated the Silver Dollar Saloon.
And if three careers were not enough Mr. Coughlin was also a poet and a bon vivant who wanted to lead a revolution in man’s dress.

So out hats off to you Bathhouse John you might have been a corrupt grafter but you were an honest one. If you’d like to read more about John and his partner try and track down a copy of “Lords of the Levee” by Wendt & Kogan at your library.

This clip is part of a series produced by MindsiMedia and presented on ChiTownView ‘s YouTube station. We are getting some Chicago crime history in HBO’s series “Boardwalk Empire” and more will be on display when the film version of Eric Larsen’s “Devil In The White City”. Our series shows some of the famous places in Chicago crime history as they exist today. While telling some of that history with each clip.

John Dillinger Gets Plastic Surgery On Pulaski Rd.

October 5, 2011 Leave a comment
From: ChiTownView  | Oct 4, 2011  | 2 views

Following John Dillinger’s escape from the Crown Point jail in March of 1934 he was the most wanted man in the nation. He fled to the city of Chicago and hid out, it has been alleged, with the help of his lawyer Louis Piquett. The lawyer turned Dillinger over to a former client asmall time crok and bar owner James “Cabaret” Probasco who would make the arrangements.

Probasco found a couple of shady surgeons named William Loeser and Harold Cassidy. Since neither them would use their offices for the operation Probasco set them up in his home that used to stand at 2509 N. Crawford (now Pulaski). Then on the evening of May 28,1934 the operation was performed and Dillinger almost died on the table because too much anesthetic. In the endthe surgery wasn’t a success and within two months Dillinger would be dead (allegedly) in the execution outside the Biograph theater.

I’ve posted in our Chicago Crime History playlist a newsreel clip from that night and the response to his death was incredible. The streets and sidewalks were wall to wall people and many of them soaked up his blood with their handkerchiefs (that’s not shown in the clip).
http://www.youtube.com/user/ChiTownView#grid/user/44EE6D5…

Here’s a link to john Dillinger’s Scrapbook for more info on the original public enemy #1 http://jhdillinger.fortunecity.com/

The ChicagoCrimeSceneProject has a nice post on this story.
http://chicagocrimescenes.blogspot.com/2009/10/dillingers…

This clip is part of a series produced by MindsiMedia and presented on ChiTownView ‘s YouTube station. We are getting some Chicago crime history in HBO’s series “Boardwalk Empire” and more will be on display when the film version of Eric Larsen’s “Devil In The White City”. Our series shows some of the famous places in Chicago crime history as they exist today. While telling some of that history with each clip.

Matt Taibbi On The Failure To Reform Wall Street & Terrorists Attack The Jefferson Memorial (with dance)

‘Nothing stops big banks from ripping off people again’

I’m looking at the top twenty mews stories on the Current site and found two that were together that just belonged next to one another. Because one story answers the question posed by the first. It’s the magic power of juxtaposition. We begin with another update from Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi who has written more and done more investigation of the causes of the 2008 crash. As usual he pulls no puches and answers that question with a resounding yes. And explains why this has happened and lays right at the feet of the corrupt politicans in Washington and their paymasters on Wall Street.

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And then right underneath that story is this one that explains why the big banks are free to rip us off again. The police, prosecutors and judges are two busy keeping terrorists from attacking the Jefferson Memorial with really bad dancing. Not dirty but bad. I’m sure gald to see our governmnet really has it’s priorities in order.

For those interested in reading more of Matt’s reporting and other stories related to the 2008 crash check out our American Racket catagory.

After Dancing Arrests, Park Police Launch Inquiry

“The protesters were reportedly protesting a recent appeals court decision that bans dancing at Washington’s memorials. Video shot at the scene and posted to Youtube shows protesters on the ground with park police officers on top of them, and one protester being thrown to the ground by an officer.”

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The Biograph Theater & The Night John Dillinger Died In Chicago

From: ChiTownView  | May 14, 2011  | 8 views

John Dillinger is a legendary name in the underworld of crime. The original public enemy #1 was also known as jackrabbit and his name is also closely tied to Chicago. His career as America’s favorite bank robber was short, less than 2 years and netted his men around $300,000.

It began next door in Indiana with his escape from prison in 1933. He and his men went on a crime spree that ended in early 1934 with his capture and then subsequent second jail break from the Lake county Ind. Jail. This is the one where he carved a gun out of a piece of soap or washboard. From there he eventually ended up hiding out on Chicago’s north side. Some one say under the protection of the Chicago syndicate and by extension the Chicago police.

It was a blistering hot summer in the windy city in 1934. One that saw 24 people die from the heat. That blistering heat not doubt helped Anna Sage coxed Dillinger out of his of hiding on the night of July 23 for an evening at the air conditioned Biograph at Lincoln and Fullerton. They saw Manhattan Melodrama and got out around 10:30. As he and his two lady friends left the theater Dillinger’s sixth sense picked up something and as they began to walk south he began looking for escape routes. He turned up and tried to duck down an alley but the Feds and officers from Lake County Ind. weren’t there to try and arrest Dillinger and he was cut down in a hail of gunfire. The gun that was “recovered” from his body wasn’t made until the following year. I found one clip from 2008 and started watching it. Like mine it ends up in the alley where you see two puddles about the same size in the same place. So who knows?

I’ve posted here and  in our Chicago Crime History playlist a newsreel clip from that night and the response to his death was incredible. The streets and sidewalks were wall to wall people and many of them soaked up his blood with their handkerchiefs (that’s not shown in the clip). Many people say the spot is haunted and here’s one strange thing I noticed. In the video at the end we go up the alley and we see a couple of puddles. Obviously that in itself isn’t odd but I did a search to see if any one else has posted videos of the Biograph. I found one clip from 2008 and started watching it. Like mine it ends up in the alley where you see two puddles about the same size in the same place. So who knows?

Here’s a link to john Dillinger’s Scrapbook for more info on the original public enemy #1 http://jhdillinger.fortunecity.com/

This clip is part of a series produced by MindsiMedia and presented on ChiTownView ‘s YouTube station. We are getting some Chicago crime history in HBO’s series “Boardwalk Empire” and more will be on display when the film version of Eric Larsen’s “Devil In The White City”. Our series shows some of the famous places in Chicago crime history as they exist today. While telling some of that history with each clip.

Capone Mobster Frank Nitti’s Last Day & Other Tales Of The Chicago Outfit

April 26, 2011 1 comment

They were a remarkable, ruthless, deadly group of men, Refugees on the run from other countries or the sons of impoverished immigrants. They all started out during prohibition working for a man called Al Capone. They went on to develop a criminal organization that ruled Chicago for more than half a century. It has been alleged that this group helped elect John F. Kennedy and then helped in his assassination. The organization was known as “the outfit” and it members included Frank Nitti, Paul Ricca, Tony Accardo, Sam Giancana, Sam De Stefano and Sam Battaglia.

Prohibition turned them from street corner punks and common criminals into men of wealth and power. And for decades they used America’s undying desire to eliminate vice to maintain their control and increase their wealth. For the most part they didn’t pay for their crimes and lived long lives that ended in solid comfort.

MindsiMedia operates out of the near western suburbs of Chicago that these men moved to. Quiet little towns like Oak Park and River Forest became the destination for these mobsters seeking a better life. So when we started our newest YouTube station ChiTownView we started a series offering updated look at some of the homes and other infamous locations connected to “the outfit”. Along with these little views we will present the people and stories associated with them.

So here is a couple of our clips and if you want to see more visit our Chicago’s Gangster History playlist.

Legalize Marijuana to Stop the Drug Cartels

August 27, 2010 Leave a comment
Some thoughts on the drug war from a former Republican governor of a border state.
From Huffington Post:
Gary Johnson, Former governor of New Mexico
Posted: August 26, 2010 08:57 PM

“There were 72 bodies found on a ranch ninety miles south of the Texas border — obvious victims of a drug cartel massacre. Bullets have been hitting public buildings in El Paso, and the Washington Post is reporting that at least $20 billion a year in cash is being smuggled across the U. S. border each year. What is it going to take to convince the federal government that current drug policies are not working? The fact is that the current drug laws are contributing to an all-out war on our southern border — all in the name of a modern-day prohibition that is no more logical or realistic than the one we abandoned 75 years ago.”

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