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Meria With Deirdre Marie Capone – Al Capone

Uncle Al Capone

11/30/11 Meria interviews the Great-Niece of Al Capone, Deirdre Marie Capone  on her excellent book “Uncle Al Capone”. On bestseller list at Amazon & Barnes & Noble for months; Italians – WOPs – non-whites; Growing up Italian in NYC; Al Capone was the first Italian millionaire; Al turned down the Trilateral Commission and OWO, thus the prison sentence for “tax evasion”; Al was exonerated on all charges in a retrial in 1991; Other bootlickers were the Rockefellers, Fords and Kennedy’s – no jail for them; Income tax – didn’t have to report money made illegally, it would be self – incrimination; the Federal Reserve; code of honor; drugged at Alcatraz, no more memory (mission accomplished); injected with Mercury; Deirdre’s NDE and premonitions; Al Capone’s premonitions kept him alive; the Chicago Cubs; “make him an offer he can’t refuse”; St. Valentine’s Massacre pulled off by crooked cops, not Al; prohibition and the Roaring 20’s; Nat King Cole and much more.

 

 

 

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The untold story from inside his family. Dramatic, unyielding, and provocative, Uncle Al Capone by Deirdre Marie Capone, Al Capone's grandniece, is a fascinating memoir and engaging biography. This moving, highly readable portrait of the Capone family and its mob trade examines what it has meant to survive the storied legacy of the family's forbearers. As Capone traces the arc of regret and what fuels the Capone myth, she finds redemption and a way to coexist with her legacy. In seventeen chapters with titles like "The Making of the Mafioso," "Trading the Chicago Outfit for the Chicago Cubs," and "The Saint Valentine's Day Truth," Capone outlines organized crime in Chicago and offers vignettes of American history during the early and mid-twentieth century. Using years of research and exhaustive interviews with her aunts, uncles, and cousins, she weaves an engaging anecdotal narrative of what it meant to be a Capone, what it meant to lose her father to suicide, and what it meant to have a mother who lived in constant fear. She offers compelling evidence that Al Capone was specifically targeted for prosecution by law enforcement agencies assisted by the media, which made gross exaggerations of her uncle's exploits and fueled a phenomenon of half-truths and utter falsehoods. From the family's roots in Angri, Italy to the author's ongoing investigations today, this debut offers a comprehensive and moving portrait of an iconic American family and one woman's efforts to make peace with the past.
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6 Responses to "Meria With Deirdre Marie Capone – Al Capone"

  1. Edward Safranski says:

    I think Ms. Capone made a mistake. She must have meant some other group when she said her granddad and uncle refused to join. The Trilateral Commission was created by David Rockefeller and a few others in the 70’s or 80’s, way too late for Al Capone to have known about.

  2. meria says:

    I figured she meant the Federal Reserve bunch and their cronies, like the Rockefellers (Rockenfelders). Guess he wasnt “gangster” enough for the criminals in chief.

  3. maureen o'brien says:

    That was a really cool interview! I always thought there was something strange and CON-venient about the Valentine’s Day Massacre being blamed on Capone. Cops were mostly Irish back then – ‘Irish Need Not Apply’ was a sign actually hung up where work was to be had – so why would they kill their own, and cut off their booze supply too? It was the Germans, I said it. Or more appropriately, BAVARIANS! Also, very interesting about the mercury poisoning. Sounds Nazi to me. They could have learned a lot from this inventive family, but instead the Capone’s were vilified. Sounded like you were talking to your sister or cousin. Did your family have the stove and wine making in the basement? Seems most of my friends of Italian heritage had grandparents that had that custom going on! Fun show.

  4. meria says:

    Glad you enjoyed it. We have so much in common I laughed at most of the book. It’s great. My dad always had homemade wine, but didn’t make his own. Cooking was always going on and my parents fed anyone that walked through the door. They couldn’t refuse!

  5. Deborah Alexander says:

    The documentaries on the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre were always pretty vague about the details, but ended up blaming the whole thing on Al Capone. To me, the only way it could make sense is if it was perpetrated by some dirty cops. Glad she cleared that up. The book is great and I can hardly wait to start trying out the recipes. Thanks for the interview.

  6. Meria says:

    I loved talking with her. Glad you enjoyed it.

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