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Published on Jan 25, 2012
Unione Siciliana, a community and political organization of native Sicilians was a powerful notional social and political organization. It was not a part of the Mafia but a powerful organization that the mob was beholden to in many ways. In Chicago the president of this organization had control over the immigrant cookers that made the alcohol base that bootleg gin was made of. It was a profitable, powerful but very dangerous position. During the roaring 20's a half dozen Union president were killed as the north and south side mobs fought over control of this strategic position.
Antonio Lombardo was a Capone / Torrio ally who had managed to hold his position for almost three years. Before being gunned down on September 7 1928 in the heart of the Loop at 4 in the afternoon in front of hundreds of witnesses. This short clip traces his last steps. We see him exit his offices in the, long gone, Hartford building at 8 S. Dearborn and head north towards Madison. A plane is being hoisted up the side of the Boston building and the street is filled with people.
Lombardo his partner Joe Ferrara and bodyguard Joe Lolardo turned on Madison and started walking west. They got about fifty feet before they turned to look at the plane once again. Two men came out of a restaurant doorway snuck up and emptied their revolvers into the three men. Lombardo and Ferrara were killed and bodyguard Lolardo miraculously survives.
The videos presented here are part of ChiTownView series Chicago Crime / Now & Then. We show what Chicago's infamous locations and gruesome crime scenes look like today and in the video description telling some of that history with each clip. From it's earliest days Chicago has been a hotbed of sin corruption and vice and those who controlled held money, power and influence. From the first whorehouses across the river from Ft. Dearborn to Big Mike Mc Donald, Hinky Dink & Bathhouse the "Lords of the Levee, Big Jim Colosimo, Al Capone, Paul Ricca, Sam Giancana and countless others the story of Chicago is in many ways the story of vice and corruption and the fight against it. We have used a number of sources in our research these are the main ones. The Chicago Crime Scenes Project; http://chicagocrimescenes.blogspot.com/ Mario Gomes "My Al Capone Museum"; http://www.myalcaponemuseum.com/id117... And where it all began for me the 1999 book by Richard Lindberg "Return To The Scene of the Crime"