John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

John Tuohy's history of organized crime in Chicago (o)


Oliver Mike: AKA Mark A member of the Gerry Scarpelli crew. Oliver ran shakedowns of porno book store operators in the western suburbs. He was murdered for reasons unknown in 1979. His body was found in 1988 in a mob graveyard in suburban Downers Grove Illinois. Buried with him was Bobby Hatridge, another associate of Gerry Scarpelli.

O’Malley, Austin: 5801 North Kenneth Ave. Worked as an operator for Continental Press

Old Bridge Inn: A speakeasy in Morton Grove, it also operated on the names The Russian Village and the Golden Gate. It was located on the corner of Railroad Ave. and Dempster Street.

Officer Friendly: A name given to a policeman who tipped Joe Ferriola Crew off on police raids. It’s widely assumed that Ferriola lied about this and no such person existed. The purpose was to cause paranoia within the FBI.

Outfit: A name used for the Chicago's mob organization.

One Way Ride: At the height of the prohibition, Hollywood churned out dozens of films about gangsters and in several of these films the term “One way ride” was used and eventually became part of the popular jargon.  The term originated in Chicago 
   During the great Chicago Beer wars, on December 1, 1923 at around 1:30 a.m. two beer trucks belonging to the O'Donnell Brothers were on their way from a Joliet brewery to Chicago. The trucks were stopped at the village of Lemont by two sedans that pulled alongside and forced the trucks off the road. Two Capone hood’s, Charlie McErlane and William Channell, a convicted killer on parole, ordered the truck drivers, William "Shorty" Egan and Thomas "Morrie" Keane out onto the road. They were then bound and thrown into the back seat of the car which sped off Shorty Eagan, one of the few men who ever survived a one way ride reported what had next.
    "Pretty soon the driver asks the guy with the shotgun, 'Where you gonna get rid of these guys?' The fat fellow laughs and says, 'I'll take care of that in a minute.' Then he says ‘We’ll take him on a one way ride’   He was monkeying with his shotgun all the time. Pretty soon he turns around and points the gun at Keane. He didn't say a word but just let go straight at him. Keane got it square on the left side. It kind of turned him over and the fat guy give him the second barrel in the other side.   The guy loads up his gun and gives it to Keane again. Then he turns to me and says, 'I guess you might as well get yours too.' With that he shoots me in the side. It hurt like hell so when I seen him loading up again, I twist around so it won't hurt me in the same place. This time he got me in the leg. Then he gimme the other barrel right on the puss. I slide off the seat. But I guess the fat guy wasn't sure we was through.   He let Morrie have it twice more and then let me have it again in the other side. The fat guy scrambled into the rear seat and grabbed Keane. He opens the door and kicks Morrie out onto the road. We was doing 50 from the sound.   I figure I'm next so when he drags me over to the door I set myself to jump. He shoves and I light in the ditch by the road. I hit the ground on my shoulders and I thought I would never stop rolling. I lost consciousness. When my senses came back, I was lying in a pool of water and ice had formed around me. The sky was red and it was breaking day. I staggered along the road until I saw a light in a farmhouse..." 
    Egan identified Channell through a mug shot and McErlane was identified by a parking lot attendant. The state's attorney arrested McErlane, held him for a while in the Hotel Sherman, then released him and the case fell from the docket.

Out call: From about 1870 until the onset of the great depression, Chicago underworld was a center for prostitution. In the early 1940s, under the direction of the Fischetti  Brothers and with the approval of Boss Frank Nitti, the Chicago Outfit forged the way for “Out call” prostitution services, wherein, customers no longer ventured to a brothel for service, rather a phone call sent the women to the customers location. The Chicago mob also led the way in sending western women to Japan to serve as prostitutes there.

Oil: In the 1940s and 1950s, the mob sunk small fortunes of their cash into oil investments within the United States. Pat Manno (4416 South Greenwood Ave)  invested $55,000 in an oil drilling firm in Wyoming. Joe Fusco, and Rocco DeStefano, (8000 Langley  Ave and 4901 Federal Ave) together with several hood from St. Louis, including Louis Calcaterra, Thomas Hynes invested in Texas oil and New York’s Frank Costello, invested over $40,000 in a Texas oil company, with Frank Erickson and George Uffner. Other noted investors in the industry included Carlos Marcello, Joe Poretto, and Moe Dalitz.

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