Monday, October 22, 2018

November 2018 issue of Informer

November 2018 issue contents
Editorial

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Adhesive tape was a fairly recent invention when robbers began finding it especially handy in their field of endeavor. It was quicker and easier to bind and gag a victim with strips of the sticky material than with cloth or rope. And a roll of tape was far easier to carry around. Due to the novelty of this approach, newspapers dubbed groups that used it, “tape bandits.”

We learn in this issue’s feature by Jeffery S. King (Preview), that notorious gangster George “Baby Face” Nelson once led a group of these enterprising tape bandits.


Also in this issue:

  • Saving a person from the electric chair may not always be the same as saving the person’s “life.” Thomas Hunt’s article (Preview) reveals that one wrongly convicted man was emotionally destroyed despite Detective Joseph Petrosino’s heroic efforts to free him from Sing Sing’s Death House.
  • Did Albany’s powerful O’Connell Machine ensure the 1930s conviction and electrocution of widow Anna Antonio merely to shield local bootlegging and narcotics rackets? Ellen Poulsen considers the question (Preview).
  • Author Christian Cipollini reveals past, present and what might happen if he ever smiled for a photograph (Preview).
  • Richard N. Warner explores the unsolved murder of Chicago’s Sam Giancana (Preview).
  • Thomas Hunt ponders “Wherefore art thou, [Frank] Romeo?” (Preview).
  • Book reviews and announcements (Preview).

Sixty-eight pages.

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Nelson and the Tape Bandits

November 2018 issue contents
Features

Baby Face Nelson
and the Tape Bandits

By Jeffery S. King

In 1930, George “Baby Face” Nelson committed major crimes for the first time with the so-called “Tape Bandits.” The group earned its name by temporarily ensuring the silence of its victims through the use of adhesive tape.
Although the gang had several members, we only know about Nelson, Stanton John Randall (real name John Francis Haggerty) and Harry Lewis Powell (real name Harry Lewis Pinsky)...

Eight pages including twelve images and a half page of notes.

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'Keep him away!'

November 2018 issue contents
Features

'Keep him away!'

'He's coming to take me to the CHAIR!'
 
By Thomas Hunt

Carbone
One of the more celebrated murder investigations of legendary New York Police Department Detective Joseph Petrosino involved his effort to save the life of a man condemned to die in the electric chair. While Petrosino succeeded in correcting a miscarriage of justice and establishing the innocence of the convicted murderer by locating and arresting the actual guilty party, whether he can be said to have saved a “life” depends largely on one’s point of view...

Eleven pages including twelve images and a page and a half of notes.

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Dope and duplicity in 1930s Albany

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Features

Dope and duplicity in 1930s Albany

By Ellen Poulsen

Anna Antonio
Struggling against the pain and weakness that resulted from his many wounds, he pulled himself to the top of the roadside ravine and onto the dark two-way highway between Albany and Hudson, New York. The bloody and prostrate hitchhiker, appearing to be the victim of a gangland hit, was observed and picked up by some on-the-road college students, who took him to Albany’s Memorial Hospital...

Eight pages including eleven images and a half page of notes.

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Interview: Christian Cipollini

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Interview

Interview: Christian Cipollini

"My interest was sparked by my father’s interest in history, especially the lesser known corners of it. On the surface one would think my mob fascination was an obvious influence because my dad was a narcotics cop, but oddly enough, not overtly. His job lit a spark that didn’t fully flame until years later, leading me toward fact-finding as a whole, and instilling in me that history is always relevant: We’re never given all the clues at once, there’s always more to piece together, and somehow all of it does indeed repeat itself, for better or worse, if we don’t pay attention to it."

Six pages including three images.

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Book reviews, announcements

November 2018 issue contents
Books

Reviews for Behind the Murder Curtain by Bruce Sackman, Michael Vecchione and Jerry Schmetterer: Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent by Michael R. McGowan and Ralph Pezzullo.

Announcements for Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society, Carmine the Snake, Chasing Dillinger.

Five pages including five images.

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Who killed Sam? A mystery solved?

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Columns

Warner Files: 

Who killed Sam? A mystery solved?

By Richard N. Warner


Giancana
Earlier this year, on June 27, 2018, Frank Calabrese Jr., son of the late Outfit hitman Frank "the Breeze" Calabrese Sr., gave an interview on WGN-TV in Chicago in which he threw out a potential bombshell revelation into the biggest mystery in the history of the Chicago Outfit: "Who Killed Sam Giancana?"

His answer made a lot of mob-watchers rethink what they thought they knew.

Four pages including five images.

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Wherefore art thou, Romeo?

November 2018 issue contents
Columns

Just One More Thing:

Wherefore art thou, Romeo?

By Thomas Hunt

His deeds forgotten and his remains misplaced, Frank Romeo is a mysterious figure in New Orleans underworld history.

Recalled by history merely as one of eleven men murdered in an 1891 lynch mob assault on Orleans Parish Prison, Romeo, also known as Romero, actually served a key, longtime role in the evolution of organized crime in southern Louisiana.

Eleven and a half pages including eight images and two and a half pages of notes.

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