GRAVE OF AL CAPONE – Buried here in the Mount Carmel Cemetery at 1400 S. Wolf Road at Roosevelt are:
– Joseph R. Bernardin, Chicago Cardinal. When Bernardin died of prostate cancer in November, 1966, 90,000 people filed past his coffin at the Holy Name Cathedral. He was buried outside the mausoleum here where other Cardinals have been laid to rest.
– Al Capone, gangster - Capone died of syphilis of the brain on January 25, 1947. He was buried here on January 1952. Originally buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, he was moved here in along with the other Capone graves on 1952 when his mother died.
– Matt Capone, brother of Al Capone. He died of a heart attack in 1967 at age 59.
– Ralph Capone Jr., bartender and brother of Al Capone. On November 9th, 1950, while intoxicated, he swallowed a bottle of cold remedy whose label warned against mixing it with alcohol. He left a note to his girlfriend that read: Dear Jeanie. Jeanie my sweetheart, I love you. I Love you. Jeanie only you I love. Only you. I'm gone. He was 33.
– Gabriel Capone, father of Al Capone. He died and was buried in Brooklyn, but Al had him moved here to Chicago.
– Theresa Capone, mother of Al Capone. when she died in 1952 at age 85, she was buried here instead of in Mt. Olivet with Al. When the family realized how many tourists were visiting Al's grave, they bought another plot here, and Al and other members of the family reburied here.
– Vincent "The Schemer" Drucci, gangster. He was shot and killed by police on April 4,1927, and was buried here in unconsecrated ground under 3,000 flowers in a $10,000 silver and aluminum casket. A wheel of white and flowers was placed at his head by fellow gangster "Bugs" Moran, with an inscription that read: "Our Pal." A squad of legionnaires fired a salute over his flag-draped coffin, and a bugler blew taps. Al Capone, stood unshaven at the graveside.
– Anthony "Bloody Angelo" Genna, gangster. On the morning of May 25, 1925, Angelo Genna left his home in his $6,000 roadster and $11,000 in his pocket to pay for a house that the and his wife wanted in Oak Park. At the intersection of Ogden and Hudson, four men in a sedan pulled up beside him and blasted him with shotguns. He did a short time later. Police said that three of the killers were Hymie Weiss, George "Bugs" Moran and Vincent "The Schemer" Drucci. He was buried here in a $10,000 coffin with $25,000 in flowers around his grave. Al Capone stood at the graveside.
– Anthony "Tony the Gentleman" Genna, gangster. On July 8, 1925, Tony Genna got a call from someone he knew well enough to meet him on Grand Ave. near Curtis. When they met, the caller grasped Tony's hand in a firm hand shake. Two gunmen came from behind and pumped five shots into his back. He is buried next to his brother, Angelo.
– Mike "The Devil" Genna, gangster. Mike Genna bled to death after being shot in a gunfight with police on June 13, 1925. Before he died, Mike tried to kick an ambulance attendant who had tried to help him. He growled "Take that, you son of a bitch." (Anthony,Angelo and Mike Genna died with 42 days of each other. Their deaths broke up the Genna gang).
– Pete Genna, gangster.
– Sam "The Terrible" Genna, gangster.
– Sam "Mooney" Giancana, gangster. Sam Giancana graduated from Chicago's old "42 Gang" to take his place in the Chicago chapter of the La Cosa Nostra – the most violent, kill-crazy crime family in the U. S. In the 1920s, he was a "wheelman" for the Capone mob. Later he served as a part-time chauffeur for Tony Accardo and Paul "The Waiter" Ricca. He became manager of operations of the mob in the mid-1950s, and by 1957, he was considered the head of the Chicago family, a position he held until 1966. He was a close friend of Frank Sinatra and the boyfriend of singer Phylis McGuire. On June 19, 1975, just two days after gall bladder surgery, he was shot seven times at close range as he stood at a stove, cooking a plate of sausages and escarole in the basement of his Oak Park home. The killer was believed to be someone in the mob that he knew and trusted.
– Jake Lingle, Chicago Tribune crime reporter. Lingle had a sterling reputation with his editors at the Tribune, but he lived a double life, working, in realty, for Al Capone for almost a decade, informing Capone though his police contacts of any raids against Capone's breweries, bordellos and gambling dens. When he demanded more money from Capone, Capone ordered him killed. Lingle was shot to death on June 9, 1930, in the Loop while on his way to the race track.
– John May, gangster and auto mechanic for the Bugs Moran gang. He was one of those killed at the St. Valentine's Day Massacre on February 14, 1929.
– "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn (Vincent Gebardi), gangster. Raised in Chicago's Little Italy, McGurn was shot and killed in a Milwaukee Avenue bowling alley on February 13, 1936, the eve of St. Valentine's Day, by two men with machine guns. They left a comic valentine near his body that read:
You've lost your job,
You've lost your dough,
Your jewels and handsome houses,
But things could be worse you know,
You haven't lost your trousers.
McGurn was killed in retaliation of his role in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929. He also ordered the slashing of the throat of comedian Joe E. Lewis.
– William McSwiggen, assistant states attorney. He was shot and killed on April 23, 1926, by Al Capone in front of the Pony Inn at 5613 Washington Blvd. He was buried here May 26 with full military honors.
– Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti, gangster. He was Al Capone's successor as head of the Syndicate. In 1943, Frank Nitti was indicted for tax evasion. Claustrophobic beyond belief, Nitti eared confinement to the point where the mere thought of prison drove him literally insane. He began to drink heavily and was incoherent during conversations with other mob bosses. On May 19, 1943, Nitti was seen staggering along the railroad tracks near the Illinois Central Station and the Municipal Tuberculous Sanitarium near his home in North Riverside. Railway workers heard a shot and rushed to find "The Enforcer" dead. The legendary gangster had blown his brains out with a bullet to the head rather than face the unbearable thought of incarceration in prison. He is in the southern part of Cemetery 200 feet from Capone. Enter the south gate, he is immediately to your left.
– Dion O'Banion, gangster. On November 10, 1924, three men entered the Schofield Flower Shop at 734 N. State Street, walked over to O'Banion, who was clipping stems from flowers, and fired five bullets into his body - and a sixth into his head. The killers, one of whom was Mike "The Devil" Genna, were sent by Al Capone. His funeral was the gaudiest of all gangster burials. 5,000 persons viewed his body as it lay in state and twenty-five trucks and cars were required to carry away the flowers. The funeral procession was a mile long and led by three bands. 10,000 people followed the hearse on its way here to the Cemetery where he was buried in unconsecrated ground, a plot he had bought for members of his gang. Five months later, his wife had him buried in consecrated ground a few feet from a mausoleum containing the remains of a bishop and two archbishops.
– Ken Silvestri, baseball player. He is in Section K.
– Roger "The Terrible" Touhy, North Side gang leader. He was shot and killed in front of his home in Oak Park by the Syndicate on December 17, 1959, several weeks after he had been released from prison.
– Hymie Weiss, gangster. On October 11, 1926, Weiss parked his car in front of the Holy Name Cathedral opposite the flower shop where Dion O'Banion had been killed two years earlier on North state Street. As he walked across the street to his headquarters above the flower shop, two gunmen, sent by Al Capone, opened fire on him from a window of a building nearby. He was killed instantly by ten machine gun bullets. With his pals, Vincent "The Schemer" Drucci and George "Bugs" Moran stood by, he was buried in unconsecrated grounds. Weiss is credited for coining the phrase "Take him for a ride." His friends said that he was ugly and savage, but he was kind to his mother.