Chicago Crime Tours guest shares his knowledge about the 1991 Chicago Rock N Roll McDonald's drug bust.
Here are photos of the dilapidated former Carol's Speakeasy at 1355 N. Wells Street in Chicago where in 1991Jeffrey Dahmer, one of America's most brutal murderers, picked up one of his victims, Jeremiah Weinberger, a 23 year old Gold Coast resident. Weinberger worked as a customer service representative at Images of the World, the video sales department of the Bijou, 1349 N. Wells St., an adult theater.
Dahmer committed about 17 murders and was known for dismembering his victims. Dahmer was beaten to death by a fellow inmate in 1994.
These are the last remaining bricks from the former mob retail shirt store front at 837 N. State Street. If these bricks could talk, they would have a lot to say.
See earlier blog post about building at 837 N. State Street in the River North neighborhood that was slated for demolition. Well, the building that was used for Chicago Mob Meetings has been transformed into dust. See upcoming post for historic brick memorabilia!
Enjoy the inspiring story about the son of an Al Capone lawyer. Butch O'Hare died in the service of country and redeemed the family name.
Warning from Chicago's most notorious bank robber John Dillinger.
A former shirt store at 837 N. State Street in Chicago's River North neighborhood, which was used many years ago as a front by the Chicago mob, is being knocked down by Loyola University to make room for new facility. Chicago mob members used to use this space for meetings, which is especially interesting in light of the fact that the old Schofield's Flower Shop, which was just down the street across from Holy Name Cathedral, also used to be used to hold meetings for Chicago's North Side gang during the 1920s.
Chicago is known as the home of Al Capone, the world's most well know gangster. Travel anywhere in the World and you'll know that Chicago is often times synonymous with the name Chicago Gangster Al Capone. Today, Chicago is also known as the gang capital of the United States, with at least 600 factions and a minimum of 70,000 members. For further details on current Chicago gang activity, please review this recent report at http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57584733/by-the-numbers-chicago-area-gangs/
Enjoy Clarence Page's commentary on the dispute and peace making between Illinois Senator Mark Kirk and Illinois State Representative Bobby Rush. The dispute and subsequent cease fire are related to comments initiated by Mark Kirk and his suggested solution to Chicago's gang violence, which included arresting 18,000 members of the Gangster Disciples, Chicago's largest street gang.
Chicago mob defense lawyer, Rick Halprin, died Tuesday. One of his better known clients included Joey "The Clown" Lombardo.
Kenneth Conley, who dramatically escaped from the downtown Chicago prison in 2012, received 20 year prison sentence. Barring another escape, which would put him the category of other escapees, including Terrible Tommer O'Conner, Roger Touhy, Jeff Erickson and Joseph Banks, Conley will unlikely be scaling down any further prison walls.
George Ryan, a released former federal prison and Illinois governor, is penning a "tell all book" while under house arrest. Stay tuned for publication date and further details, which may concern some former and current top state officials. The conviction of George Ryan is covered on Chicago Crime Tours and the book may shed additional light on events surrounding his conviction and term as governor. For tour details, please visit www.chicagocrimetours.com.
In conjunction with its 90th birthday celebration, Warner Bros. has released two (2) sets of gangster film collections. Several of the films include Chicago gangster and mob connections, including two of Chicago's most well known gangsters Al Capone and John Dillinger, Elliot Ness and the Untouchables are featured in "The Untouchables." As with most Hollywood films, viewers should not accept movie content as fact. Chicago Crime Tours, which features history of Chicago gangsters and criminals, addresses these historical figures with facts and is a good source of reliable information! Please let Chicago Crime Tours if you would like to recommend any other films with Chicago gangster or mob references.
Hopefully, this past weekend was not a foreshadowing of continued teen mob action on Chicago's Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast neighborhood. Innocent people, including a Chicago horse mounted police officer, became victims of Chicago gangster style tactics and intimidation.
Scrappy is complimentary when referencing an athlete's on-field or court efforts, but not so when describing the alleged theft of 8 school buses intended to be sold as scrap metal.
This article provides a great review on how Chicago gangs developed into their current status and their influence on Chicago crime and murder rate.
Interesting history on Chicago's first murder victim and the location of his bones.
Perhaps we need cameras to video red light camera executives?
After former Illinois Governor George Ryan was released from federal prison, Rod Blogojevich remains the only former Illinois governor currently in prison.