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Earl 'Hymie' Weiss
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    (January 25, 1898-October 11, 1926)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Birth name was Earl Wojciechowski
    Member of the North Side Gang in Prohibition era Chicago and bitter rival of Al Capone
    Promoted to head of the North Side Gang after the assassination of Dion O'Banion (November 10, 1924)
    Ambushed and murdered via Thompson submachine gun and shotgun at the corner of State and Divisions Streets by Capone gang members at age 28
    His family changed its name to Weiss, so many thought the Polish-American was Jewish (he was Roman Catholic).
    He was involved in illicit activities such as bootlegging, loan sharking, extortion, bribery and murder.
    Though severely wounding him, he failed in his attempt to murder Capone's mentor Johnny Torrio. (Jan. 24, 1925)
    He stated he would call a truce with Capone if O'Banion's murderers were bumped off, a condition that infuriated Capone.
    After attending a trial of a colleague (where he paid off the jury) he was 'hit' in broad daylight on a busy street corner (a bodyguard also died and three were wounded).
    The North Side Gang remained a thorn in Capone's side after his death when Bugs Moran took control of the gang.
    He survived several assassination attempts.
    His peace offering was sincere, but Capone refused to give up the men who knocked off his mentor and boss O'Banion.
    He suffered from arterial cancer, which caused blinding headaches, dizziness, and fainting spells.
    Certain the cancer would eventually kill him, he stated 'I don't expect to live long, but I expect to live long enough.'
    He didn't - he was hit eight times and died without anyone ever going to trial for his murder.
    He earned the distinction as 'the only man Al Capone was ever truly afraid of.'

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