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Frank McErlane (1894-8 October 1932) was a Prohibition-era gangster. October 8 is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years). ... 1932 is a leap year starting on a Friday. ... Prohibition agents destroying barrels of alcohol. ...


He led the Saltis-McErlane Gang, allied with the Johnny Torrio-Al Capone Gang, against rival bootleggers, the Southside O'Donnell Brothers. During the Chicago Bootleg Wars, McErlane was known as one of the most violent gunmen of the 1920s. Johnny The Fox Torrio (February 1882 - April 16, 1957) was an Italian-American mobster famous for building a criminal empire in Chicago during the 1920s that would later be inherited by his protege, Al Capone. ... FBI mugshot of Capone, 1931 Alphonse Gabriel Capone (January 17, 1899–January 25, 1947), more popularly known as Al Scarface Capone, was a famous American Gangster in the 1920s and 1930s, although his business card is reported to have said he was a dealer in used furniture. ... The Southside ODonnell Brothers, not to be confused with the Westside ODonnells, were a Prohibition gang who controlled bootlegging in the Southwest section of Chicago, Illinois, during the early 1920s. ...


Born in Chicago, Illinois, Frank McErlane was first arrested in 1911 and sent to Pontiac Prison in June 1913 for involvment in a car theft ring. Released on parole in March 1916, he was arrested eight months later as an accessory in the murder of an Oak Park police officer. Sent to Joliet Prison for one year, he attempted to escape but was caught and spent another two years in prison. Shortly after Prohibition, McErlane began running a gang with partner Joseph "Polack Joe" Saltis, operating in the south-west section of Chicago. In 1922 McErlane and Saltis allied with Torrio-Capone Gang against the Southside O'Donnell Brothers. During the war with the O'Donnells, McErlane was the first gangster to use the "Tommy" submachine gun, and he killed as many as 15 men during the Bootleg Wars. His attempted assassination of O'Donnell leader Edward "Spike" O'Donnell on 25 September 1925 while driving past a southside storefront, firing over 50 rounds before speeding off, convinced O'Donnell to retire from bootlegging. McErlane was suspected to have taken part in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre on 14 February 1929, and he suffered serious wounds during a gunbattle with Bugs Moran in 1930. While he was recovering in the German Deaconess Hospital, two of Moran's gunmen, reportedly Wille Marks and Ted Newbury, attemped to kill him, but he pulled a revolver from underneath his pillow and began firing, driving off the surprised gangsters. McErlane was wounded in the gunfight, suffering two gunshot wounds in his injured leg and one in his arm, but he recovered. In 1932 he became ill with pneumonia and died within days. Chicago, colloquially known as the Second City and the Windy City, is the third-largest city in population in the United States and the largest inland city in the country. ... State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Other U.S. States Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) Official languages English Area 149,998 km² (25th)  - Land 143,968 km²  - Water 6,030 km² (4. ... Oak Park is the name of some places in the United States of America: Oak Park, California Oak Park, Georgia Oak Park, Illinois Oak Park, Michigan Oak Park, Minnesota There is also an Oak Park in Australia. ... Joliet Prison is a group of buildings in Joliet, Illinois, United States, probably best known as the prison Jake Blues is released from at the beginning of The Blues Brothers. ... Joseph Polack Joe Saltis (18??-1935) was an early Prohibition gangster who, who with Frank McErlane, controlled bootlegging in the Southwest Side of Chicago, Illinois. ... 1922 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The Southside ODonnell Brothers, not to be confused with the Westside ODonnells, were a Prohibition gang who controlled bootlegging in the Southwest section of Chicago, Illinois, during the early 1920s. ... MP5KA4 9 x 19 mm with 3-round burst trigger group A submachine gun is a firearm that combines the automatic fire of a machine gun with the ammunition of a pistol, and is usually between the two in weight and size. ... Jack Ruby murdered Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, in a very public manner. ... Edward Spike ODonnell was the leader of the Southside ODonnells with brothers Steve, Walter, and Tommy ODonnell. ... September 25 is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years). ... 1925 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Bootlegging is a slang term to describe smuggling (see Bootleg). ... The St. ... February 14 is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... George Bugs Moran (1893-February 25, 1957) was a Chicago Prohibition-era gangster. ... 1930 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... The Colt Single Action Army, one of the most popular revolvers of all time A revolver is a multishot firearm, usually a handgun, in which the rounds are held in a revolving cylinder that rotates to fire them through a single barrel. ... Pneumonia (the ancient Greek word for lungs) is defined as an inflammation, usually caused by infection, involving the alveoli of the lungs. ...


Further reading

  • Jay Robert Nash, Encyclopedia of World Crime (K-R) Vol. III, CrimeBooks Inc., Wilmette, 1990

External links

  • Frank McErlane and the Chicago Beer Wars by Allan May

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Frank McErlane - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (371 words)
Frank McErlane (1894-8 October 1932) was a Prohibition-era gangster.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Frank McErlane was first arrested in 1911 and sent to Pontiac Prison in June 1913 for involvement in a car theft ring.
McErlane was suspected to have taken part in the St.
Frank McErlane and the Chicago Beer Wars (4393 words)
Frank McErlane – the gangster credited with introducing the Thompson sub-machine gun to Chicago’s bloody Beer War during Prohibition – was called "the most brutal gunman who ever pulled a trigger in Chicago" by the Illinois Crime Survey.
McErlane and William Channell, who was once convicted of killing a woman and was now out on parole, ordered the occupants of one of the trucks, William "Shorty" Egan and Thomas "Morrie" Keane out and onto the road.
McErlane was acquitted on Nov. 3, 1927 of the murder of Thaddeus Fancher.
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