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70-YEAR OLD CHICAGO COLD CASE COULD IMPLICATE THE OLD AL CAPONE MOB!

CHICAGO ALDERMAN WANTS TO REOPEN OLD CASE, "SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT" ON 1939 MURDER OF PROMINENT MOB INFORMANT!

Chicago!  Will it ever get passed the old Al Capone Rep?  The made-for-Hollywood story of Eliot Ness and the Untouchables exposing Old Al for Income Tax Evasion, and sending him to prison - truth, or urban legend?

Being a life-long Chicagoan folks, I stay up late each night to watch Robert Stack play Eliot Ness on the vintage 1950's TV show each evening on MeTV. (It's true - ask my wife!)  I enjoyed seeing the Ruggedly Handsome Kevin Costner play Ness in the movie.  I even watched the short-lived Untouchables revival TV show back in the 90's.

But, in reality, the linchpin in the Al Capone Tax Evasion Case - and the person most instrumental in sending Snorky to jail (you never called Al "Snorky" if you wanted to live - although rival North Side Gang Boss Bugs Moran did just that with regularity - was a big-shot lawyer by the name of Edward O'Hare.

As told by Chicago Sun-Times City Hall Reporter Fran Spielman's story from today's paper, O'Hare was the Capone Associate who cracked The Outfit's bookkeeping code for The Feds, and helped the U.S Government frame a case that would stick against Chicago's Most Infamous Mobster.

O'Hare?  Remember that name?  You should!

His son, Edward "Butch" O'Hare became a hero during World War II.  A fighter pilot.  He shot down five Japanese bombers over the Pacific, and saved the U.S.S. Lexington.

And, oh, yeah - they named what some still refer to as the Worlds Busiest Airport - O'Hare International - in his honor!

We'll, Butch's father did not have the unsullied reputation that the son would later earn.  The elder O'Hare, according to news reports of the era, was a compulsive gambler.  He owned the old Hawthorne Kennel Club and Race Track in Cicero IL, in partnership with Capone.  He was also a frequent patron of the area racetracks, including the still-operating Sportsman's Park Harness Track.

Edward O'Hare was gunned down by three men with shotguns on November 8, 1939, while he was driving down Ogden Avenue on the West Side of Chicago in his brand new Lincoln automobile.  The car carrying the assassins was subsequently traced back to Al's Older Brother, Ralph Capone.  He owned a nightclub in Cicero at the time.

In true Chicago fashion, no one was ever convicted of the alleged mob hit that day!

Author Jonathan Eig, in his new book, "Get Capone," to be published this spring, offers another angle.

Capone, suffering the later stages of syphilis, needed money to pay his medical bills, and come square with a $300,000 IRS Debt.  To help pay the debt, it appeared likely that the rest of the Old Capone Mob may have put the arm on O'Hare.

Perhaps he refused - and received the usual consequences.

Or, what if the Capone People found out about O'Hare turning rat, and simply snuffed him out to avenge his duplicity.

In any event, Chicago 14th Ward Alderman Ed Burke seeks the true answer.  He is not asking for much police time, money, or resources to be expended on this Chicago Cold Case, but he would like to see if Eig's suppositions might be true.

Time will tell . . . perhaps!

DEAN MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 6:57 PM by Dean's Team

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