The gangland wars of the Twenties of the last century in Chicago left such an indelible impression that people around the globe when they hear the name Chicago will often make Tommy gun motions with their hands. All told gangland chieftain Al Capone was responsible for 33-50 murders over his thirteen years in the Windy City. Today Capone’s murders would be attained in about four weekends in Chicago. Go here to read about the latest mayhem. Thus far 300 homicides have been committed in Chicago this year, and the homicide rate is actually down from last year when Chicago had 650 murders.
The mayor of Chicago during most of Capone’s time in Chicago was William Hale “Big Bill” Thompson, the last Republican mayor of the city. The Chicago Tribune wrote this epitaph for his political career:
For Chicago Thompson has meant filth, corruption, obscenity, idiocy and bankruptcy…. He has given the city an international reputation for moronic buffoonery, barbaric crime, triumphant hoodlumism, unchecked graft, and a dejected citizenship. He nearly ruined the property and completely destroyed the pride of the city. He made Chicago a byword for the collapse of American civilization. In his attempt to continue this he excelled himself as a liar and defamer of character.
If the writer of this well deserved screed could be raised from the dead, he would have to mine new levels of vituperation for the depraved crooks that currently misgovern Chicago.