MOB BOSS AL CAPONE AND FATS MCDEE
“It’s nuttin’ poisonal, Scatland, it’s only bizzi-ness.”
To distinguish Capone from McDee, Capone has a large scar on his left cheek. His most infamous dispatch of rivals is known as the St Valentine’s Day Massacre; Referendum Day is reputed to be McDee’s gangland revenge.
Al Capone, Boss of the Chicago Gang
(a) He rose to power almost without trace. (b) His gang ran most of the illegal companies in the city of Chicago during Prohibition. (c) His headquarters were 222 South Wabash where he claimed to be an antique dealer. (d) He had grandiose plans to take over all of Chicago’s main companies, and the suburbs. (e) From his many business ‘associates’ he received percentages he termed ‘donations.’ (f) Though he always had an alibi, it’s thought Capone instructed many assassinations. (g) His gang controlled bootlegging, speakeasies, prostitution, and sale of dockland goods. (h) His associates were connected to city machine politicos, newspapers, police officers. (i) They were all bought in some way or other, bribes, placements, or threat of blackmail. (j) When cornered he usually lied his way out of trouble, boosted by an inflated ego. (k) His mentor, John Torrio, was impressed by Capone and encouraged his protégé. (l) To attain their objectives Torrio and Capone called rival gang members to a treaty. (m) They controlled gambling, brothels, distilleries, bookie joints, race tracks, nightclubs. (n) Had Capone not been so disliked he might have tried to attain political office. (o) Torrio took a rival’s bullet, decided to quit the city, leaving Capone the boss of bosses. (p) Chicago mayor, William ‘Big Bill’ Thompson, felt Capone bad for his political image. (q) Attempts to assassinate Capone all failed – he had a network of spies who foiled plots. (r) Of Italian stock, Capone normally cited American patriotism whenever challenged. (s) Put on trial, Capone expected to be freed, thinking himself above the law, untouchable. He got 11 years.
Fats McDee, Boss of the South City Gang
(a) His rise to power is almost without trace. (b) His gang runs the South Side City, in the district of Little England. (c) His headquarters are 5 Blythswood Square where he claims to be a status quo dealer. (d) He wants to take over the entire North City to control it completely as one territory. (e) He receives ‘donations’ from various unnamed sources, barely within the legal limit. (f) Though he always has an alibi, his “Project Fear” killed people’s hopes and ambitions. (g) His ‘associates’ are culled from various small gangs, all hoping to divide the spoils. (h) He has influential contacts in local and national government, the media, and police. (i) Rumour has them bought in one way or another, promotion, bribes, honours, handshakes. (j) When cornered he has a propensity to utter untruths, bloated by an exaggerated ego. (k) McDee, mouth for hire, became the protégé of Al Darling his mentor and overlord boss. (l) McDee set up the meetings, Darling did the deals and shared the loot with associates. (m) Their ‘loot’ is in expenses scams, oil theft, money laundering with corrupt banksters. (n) Many think McDee will be rewarded as chief one day. But others think McDee too risky. (o) Darling retired, still enjoys the high life, but he lets his wife do his public relations gigs. (p) Associates avoid being seen with Fats McDee considering him bad for their image. (q) McDee has a spy network, from newspaper boys to city politicos, who protect him. (r) He can still be found talking about the good old days, and his part in scams and grifting. (s) McDee says his mob is ‘better together’ but he’s on his own these days, a life sentence as a loser.