Nation: Chicago Slaughter

"A falling out among thieves" was the way Chicago's Police Superintendent Orlando W. Wilson put it. In fact, it was more of a falling down of bodies. Six members of Chicago's underworld were killed in just ten days, a rate of extinction that compared favorably with that of the '20s, when Al Capone was lord high executioner and the Thompson submachine gun was known affectionately as the Chicago piano.

Gaudiest of all the murders was that of Albert Testa, a midget-model (4 ft. 6 in.) burglar, counterfeiter and gambler, who was shot twice and dumped into a West Side alley. Testa was...

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