According to best-selling author and former Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Eig, the sequence of events was quick and final. It was 6 p.m. when Howard walked into Heinie Jacobs' saloon. Howard sat at the cigar bar and greeted a mystery man coming through the door: "Hello, Al." Suddenly, the mystery man "pulled a gun, put the muzzle to Howard's cheek, and pressed," Eig writes. "He pulled the trigger. Blood, bones, and tooth particles exploded across Hymie Jacobs's bar." The gunman was Papa Johnny Torrio's second in command, Al Capone.
This Tuesday, Eig will appear at Books & Books to read from his new book, Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster.
Tue., June 8, 8 p.m., 2010