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.
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Al Capone's American Boys
This audiobook is based on the memories and experiences of the wife of Gus Winkler, an American gangster who headed a Prohibition-era criminal gang specializing in armed robbery, murder and racketeering. Winkler was an associate of Chicago mob boss Al Capone and according to the author, was one of the men responsible for the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
This audiobook is informative, entertaining and well-written. It is told through the eyes of Winkler's wife, who was widowed when her husband Gus was murdered in 1933 by Italian gangsters who rose to power after Capone was jailed (these men wanted Winkler's portion of the enterprise). Although custom dictated that Winkler's wife would be provided for by the Syndicate upon her husband's death, every last penny ended up being taken/stolen from her by the Syndicate.
I very much enjoyed this audiobook-because of the characters as well as the historical content.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.
Not Al Capone