Man Found Dead: Roger Touhy
By: Cameron Foil
Roger "The Terrible" Touhy
Where the crime started:
Al Capone, the man who was responsible for the death of John and Joseph Touhy, his brothers, was one of Roger's main customers from his beer company. Capone was so interested with Roger's company that he wanted to take over. Capone sent in men to intimidate Roger, but he wouldn't have it. When Capone sent more men to Roger he realized he had no fighting chance, so he went to the law enforcement officers to ask for help. When Capone sent in his men for the third time they noticed Roger's full armed gang and stepped back to report to Capone. Capone was fed up with sending in men and them just returning back with nothing new, so he decided to test Roger's strength. There were gun battles between the two men. However once Roger gained the support of Mayor Anton Cermak, the frequent attempted hits began to happen inside the city limits as well. This was about the same time Roger got the nickname "Touhy the Terrible".
On October 1931, Capone had Matt Kolb killed, which led to an open war between the now-armed Touhy gang and the Chicago Outfit. By May 5, 1931 Roger and others had about 100 people held hostage. There were many people in the Chicago area that bribed Roger $75,000 in cash to help get rid of their unions of the Capone mob's influence. By 1933, Capone had law enforcement arrest Roger for kidnapping William A. Hamm. However proved by the FBI that Hamm was kidnapped by another gang it proved Roger innocent. However nothing but Hearsay linked Roger to the crime, meaning Roger and 3 others were indicted on kidnapping charges on August 12, 1933.