Thursday, May 9, 2013

Eliot Ness's Untouchables Make A Major Brewery Bust In 1930

In both the original tv show and the Robert Di Nero film The Untouchables there is a scene where Eliot Ness makes a bust by smashing into a brewery with a battering ram mounted on a truck. While a lot of incidents in both these explorations into the work of these G-Men are fictional this one is based on a real incident.

On the night of June 13, 1930 with Mr. Ness himself sitting on top of a 10 ton truck the Untouchables smashed their way into this location at 2108 S. Wabash. They arrested five workers and seized 200,000 gallons of beer and mash. This was one of the G-Mens biggest successes and it became part of the indictment that ended the career of Al Capone.

As it happens this location is on the same block as another infamous spot that helped launch Capones career. Just a couple of doors south was the home of Colosimo's the restraunt owned by Big Jim Colosimo. The crime boss that imported Johnny Torrio & Al Capone from New York to the windy city. It is also where Jim was murdered just ten years earlier by (as many people say) Al Capone.

And if you find this sort of history interesting we suggest you visit our playlist "Chicago Crime Now & Then". you will find clips about the "death corner", Taylor St. area and other windy city hot spots.

We also recommend a couple of other sites for those who wish read more about Chicago's colorful past.
The Chicago Crime Scene project.
My Al Capone Museum.

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