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On This Day… A Mob Execution In Broad Daylight

Written by: George Chittenden : 21 Jul 2019

It was on this day, 9th June back in 1930 when Chicago reporter Alfred "Jake" Lingle, Jr. was gunned down by the mob in a gangland-style execution in front of dozens of witnesses. Initially the public considered Lingle to be just a martyred journalist, as he worked as a legman covering gang-related crime stories. However, following his death, it came to light that he was making much more than just $65 a week as a reporter, and in fact was making around $60,000 per year. The reporter had two homes, a suite at the Morrison Hotel and a six-figure stockbroker account too. It eventually came to light that Lingle’s death had little to do with journalism and everything to do with organised crime.

Lingle was involved in racketeering with the Capone organisation and had messed up. He was executed by a German-American mob associate named Leo Vincent Brothers. Leo had followed Lingle who was travelling to a racetrack and shot him in the back of the head in the Randolph Street Train Station. The Chicago newspapers ran with the story, and even offered pricey rewards, and the public were eager to catch the killer. Eventually in January 1931, the police received a tip and arrested the culprit. Convicted, Leo Vincent Brothers was given a sentence of fourteen years, and served eight years. He died years later of heart disease in St. Louis on December 23rd, 1950.

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