The author, Mr. McArthur, contacted me via email and told me about his new book coming out about Al Capone’s brother. I didn’t know any of this and thought it was very interesting. I knew my readers would enjoy this interesting tid-bit of information too! In the interest of full disclosure Jeff is sending me a book. Jeff gave me this little article to wet your appetite. Enjoy!
Richard Hart was a decorated veteran of World War I, an acrobat from wild west shows, a BIA agent, and one of the greatest Prohibition officers in the country. Though it was the 1920s, he dressed up like a cowboy straight out of the movies, bore two six-shooters, and rode a horse; even as the gangsters on the opposite side of the law drove sedans and used Thompson sub-machine guns. His bravery was unmatched, and he commanded respect everywhere he went, which earned him a temporary job guarding the President of the United States when he came to visit the Midwest. But Richard had a secret he told no one, not even his wife and children. He was the long-lost brother of Al Capone.
He had run away from home as a teenager, joining a traveling western show. He had not been home since then, writing to his family only once while in Kansas. As his brother became famous in Chicago for breaking the law, Richard (who had previously been Vincenzo,) became known for enforcing it. Al had no idea this lawman who was in the way of his western-growing empire of vice was the brother he had last watched sailing way on the ferry toward Stanton Island as a child. He was posting notices searching for the eldest Capone brother, and even though hundreds claimed to be him, none could pass a test proving they were him.
Richard did not come forward; not at first. When exactly he revealed himself is a matter of some debate. But he eventually made himself known, and the two met secretly on Indian reservations where federal officers could not trail them. They made a private agreement to stay out of one another’s territory, not interfering with one another. This truce became tested, however, when, in 1930, several of Capone’s men, some of them the same ones who committed the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, robbed a bank in Lincoln, Nebraska, the state Richard called home. At a time when Al was on trial for tax evasion, this incident would cause him to measure what was truly more important, his family, or his business.
Two Gun Hart: Lawman, Cowboy, and Long-Lost Brother of Al Capone tells the story of this incredible man’s story. It releases to bookstores and e-readers March 16, and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. His other book, The Great Heist, tells the story of the bank robbery, and how all the money was returned. It is currently available on all e-readers and for order on Paperback from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.