|Born||January 27, 1886|
Angri, province of Salerno, Campania, Italy
|Died||March 19, 1943|
North Riverside, Illinois
Biography EditNitti was born in Angri in the Province of Salerno, Campania, in mainland Italy. Nitti and his family immigrated to America in 1893, where he became a barber after leaving school in 7th Grade. His future employer Al Capone's family lived nearby, and he joined the "Navy Street Gang" that was run by Capone's brothers. In 1913, he left Brooklyn and moved to Chicago, where he joined the Torrio crime family. Al Capone was a soldier in the Torrio family, and Nitti ran his liquor smuggling and distribution rackets after he became the boss of the newly-formed "Chicago Outfit". In 1929, he took part in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre that destroyed the Moran Gang and gained international condemnation. In 1930, he took part in the bombing of a liquor smuggling business on Lake Shore Drive after the bartender refused to buy Capone's products. Nitti became a marked man by the CPD, whose Treasury Department detective Eliot Ness wanted to lock up Al Capone. Nitti killed his crew members Oscar Wallace and James Malone, but was thrown off a rooftop. Only a parked car below saved him from dying. He became the Front Boss of the Chicago Outfit in 1933 after Al Capone was sentenced to eleven years in prison, and under The Enforcer's rule, the Chicago Outfit grew in power to its greatest extent. He killed "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn in 1936, an Outfit made man, who was becoming a liability, while he was bowling on Valentine's Day (ironically; he allegedly planned the massacre). In 1943, after being Front Boss for over ten years, he was summoned to a trial before a grand jury. He was also suffering from terminal cancer, so he was highly depressed. He walked near the North Riverside Train Station, sitting down along the train tracks and shooting himself twice in the head.
|Boss of the Chicago Outfit|