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1930: Al Capone’s Gangsters Murder a Journalist

1930: Al Capone’s Gangsters Murder a Journalist
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/ A mugshot of Al Capone from 1931

Story Highlights

  • Historical event:
  • 9 June 1930
  • The murdered Jake Lingle was soon made a hero and a martyr by the newspapers, making him the topic of numerous texts. However, it later came to light that Lingle’s murder apparently had more to do with his criminal connections than with his journalistic profession.

On this day Jake Lingle, a journalist for the well-known Chicago Tribune newspaper, was killed in broad daylight on a busy Chicago train station.

Dozens of passers-by witnessed the murder, which was carried out in gangster style.

The perpetrator was reportedly the known hitman Leo Vincent Brothers (Brothers was his last name), who worked for Al Capone, boss of the Chicago underworld.

Murdered Jake Lingle was soon made a hero and a martyr by the newspapers, making him the topic of numerous texts.

However, it later came to light that Lingle’s murder apparently had more to do with his criminal connections than with his journalistic profession. In fact, it seems that he was involved in racketeering with Al Capone’s gang and was eventually killed because of internal disagreements.

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