Deadly Valentines

Deadly Valentines

The Story of Capone's Henchman "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn and Louise Rolfe, His Blonde Alibi

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Capturing one of the most outrageous stories of the Capone era, this is the twin biography of a couple who defined the extremes and excesses of the Prohibition Era in America. ";Machine Gun"; Jack McGurn, a babyfaced Sicilian immigrant and Al Capone's chief assassin, and Louise May Rolfe, a beautiful blonde dancer and libertine, paired to represent the epitome of fashion, rebellion, and wild abandon in a decade that shocked and roared. Detailing McGurn's suspected role in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and his sensational alibi, this biography shows how the couple captured the headlines in every newspaper in the country, had their hipster speech copied by Hollywood, and were the spellbinding poster children of the new jazz subculture. More than a look at the joie de vivre of two lovers caught in history's spotlight, this work examines the continuing allure of the Roaring Twenties and the characters who inspired America's love affair with gangster literature and crime cinema.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781613740927
Branch Call Number: 364.1092277311 GUS
Characteristics: xxii, 346 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Feb 18, 2014

This an excellent book in many ways. The reader comes to understand how immigrants to the US struggled to make a living and raise their families in the 1920's while a small percentage turned to very violent crime. Those who did were human, not the vicious animals we might expect. The author provides a sensitive portrayal of two famous people during the reign of Al Capone in Chicago with thorough research into the events preceding and following the St. Valentine's Day massacre in 1929. It is difficult to put this book down; there are so many interesting details.

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