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Author doubts Capone was behind Valentine’s Day Massacre
Jonathan Eig, author of “Get Capone: The Secret Plot that Captured America’s Most Wanted Gangster” has two surprising conclusions for people enamored of the Capone legend.
First, he doesn’t think Capone ordered the Prohibition-era Valentine’s Day Massacre, in which seven men were gunned down.
Second, he questions Robert DeNiro’s portrayal in the 1987 movie “The Untouchables,” in which Capone uses a baseball bat to fatally bludgeon an underling.
“I suggest that he probably didn’t do the baseball bat scene quite as was graphically as Robert DeNiro,” Eig says.
As for the Valentine’s Day Massacre, he doubts Capone had anything to do with it.
Far from being a intimidating person by nature, Eig says, Capone started out as a two-bit thug with some charm.
“He was a gregarious guy. He was not the kind of person that people feared instantly upon meeting him,”Eig says. “He was quick with a joke. This is why he was successful in the bar business. Because people actually like his company.”
Eig’s earlier books are: “Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig” and “Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season.”
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