Vincent 'Jack' Gebardi 'McGurn'

1902 - 1936

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1902 - 1936
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The headstone of Vincent 'Jack' Gebardi 'McGurn'. Cemetery: Mount Carmel Cemetery, Location: Hillside, Cook, Illinois, United States. Birth: 1902, Death: 1936.

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Vincent 'Jack' Gebardi 'McGurn'

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Mount Carmel Cemetery

1400 S. Wolf Rd.
Hillside, Cook, Illinois
United States

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"Machine Gun Jack"

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"Machine Gun" Jack McGurn (July 2, 1902 – February 15, 1936), born Vincenzo Antonio Gibaldi, was a small-time boxer, Sicilian-American mobster and key member of Al Capone's Chicago Outfit.

"Jack McGurn" Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 22 July 2004. Web. 10 Aug. 2004., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_McGurn

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Contributor: lt.becky.lambert Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago

Gangster/Murderer. Born in Licata, Sicily, the eldest son of Tommaso and Giuseppa Verderame Gibaldi. He would soon become known to the world as "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn. Growing up in the Brooklyn slums where he went to public school. He would move to Chicago with his family when he was 14. His story is unusual in the way he became a feared gangster, unlike most gangsters, Jack did not grow up on the streets, he was from a good family that had given him many opportunities to be on the straight and narrow. For the most part Jack had all intentions to do just that, he began to box, he was good enough at boxing that he decided to go pro, calling himself Battling Jack McGurn, at the time Irish boxers were more popular and got better bookings. He would fight five matches between September 1921 and June 1922, he won two out of the five. In early 1923, Jack would have a life changing event that would lead him to crime, his step father was killed by three mob enforcers, Jack vowed revenge. When he achieved his revenge, it also brought to him the attention of mobster Al Capone. It has been stated that Al Capone admired the determination and drive it took to track the three mobsters down and soon had Jack was on his payroll as an enforcer. As the money rolled in and Jack rose through the ranks, he bought a part ownership of a speakeasy that is still open to this day, the infamous Green Mill, it was smack in the middle of the rival "Bugs" Moran territory. In 1927, the manager of Green Mill ask Jack to persuade comedian/singer Joe E. Lewis not to move his act south to rival territory, when Lewis refused, the violence was evident with Jack when he slit Lewis's throat, cutting off a portion of his tongue and leaving him for dead. However, Lewis eventually recovered and resumed his career. In 1929, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre would occur, killing seven members of his rival "Bugs" Moran gang. Jack was arrested but never brought to trial for this act, any part he may have played in the massacre was never proven thanks to his then girlfriend Louise Rolfe, who gave him a solid alibi. Some say Jack planned the brazen attack, others are not so quick to give him all the credit. In April 1930, Frank J. Loesch, chairman of the Chicago Crime Commission compiled his "Public Enemies" list, Jack was the fourth name on this list, it was published nationwide. With this notoriety Jack was shunned from the "Outfit". With nothing else to do, Jack decided to try his hand at becoming a professional golfer. In August 1933, the Western Open Golf championship began, Jack entered the competition as Vincent Gebhardi. An alert Chicago police detective saw the name and immediately sent two sergeants to arrest him. A day after the seven year anniversary of the St. Valentine's Massacre, Jack was shot while bowling, his shooters were never found.

Bio by: Memorial Flower

 

Biography

Contributor: lt.becky.lambert Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago

Gangster/Murderer. Born in Licata, Sicily, the eldest son of Tommaso and Giuseppa Verderame Gibaldi. He would soon become known to the world as "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn. Growing up in the Brooklyn slums where he went to public school. He would move to Chicago with his family when he was 14. His story is unusual in the way he became a feared gangster, unlike most gangsters, Jack did not grow up on the streets, he was from a good family that had given him many opportunities to be on the straight and narrow. For the most part Jack had all intentions to do just that, he began to box, he was good enough at boxing that he decided to go pro, calling himself Battling Jack McGurn, at the time Irish boxers were more popular and got better bookings. He would fight five matches between September 1921 and June 1922, he won two out of the five. In early 1923, Jack would have a life changing event that would lead him to crime, his step father was killed by three mob enforcers, Jack vowed revenge. When he achieved his revenge, it also brought to him the attention of mobster Al Capone. It has been stated that Al Capone admired the determination and drive it took to track the three mobsters down and soon had Jack was on his payroll as an enforcer. As the money rolled in and Jack rose through the ranks, he bought a part ownership of a speakeasy that is still open to this day, the infamous Green Mill, it was smack in the middle of the rival "Bugs" Moran territory. In 1927, the manager of Green Mill ask Jack to persuade comedian/singer Joe E. Lewis not to move his act south to rival territory, when Lewis refused, the violence was evident with Jack when he slit Lewis's throat, cutting off a portion of his tongue and leaving him for dead. However, Lewis eventually recovered and resumed his career. In 1929, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre would occur, killing seven members of his rival "Bugs" Moran gang. Jack was arrested but never brought to trial for this act, any part he may have played in the massacre was never proven thanks to his then girlfriend Louise Rolfe, who gave him a solid alibi. Some say Jack planned the brazen attack, others are not so quick to give him all the credit. In April 1930, Frank J. Loesch, chairman of the Chicago Crime Commission compiled his "Public Enemies" list, Jack was the fourth name on this list, it was published nationwide. With this notoriety Jack was shunned from the "Outfit". With nothing else to do, Jack decided to try his hand at becoming a professional golfer. In August 1933, the Western Open Golf championship began, Jack entered the competition as Vincent Gebhardi. An alert Chicago police detective saw the name and immediately sent two sergeants to arrest him. A day after the seven year anniversary of the St. Valentine's Massacre, Jack was shot while bowling, his shooters were never found.

Bio by: Memorial Flower

Life timeline of Vincent 'Jack' Gebardi 'McGurn'

1902
Vincent 'Jack' Gebardi 'McGurn' was born in 1902
Vincent 'Jack' Gebardi 'McGurn' was 10 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
Vincent 'Jack' Gebardi 'McGurn' was 27 years old when The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of '29 or "Black Tuesday", ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression. The New York Stock Exchange, is an American stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$21.3 trillion as of June 2017. The average daily trading value was approximately US$169 billion in 2013. The NYSE trading floor is located at 11 Wall Street and is composed of 21 rooms used for the facilitation of trading. A fifth trading room, located at 30 Broad Street, was closed in February 2007. The main building and the 11 Wall Street building were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1978.
Vincent 'Jack' Gebardi 'McGurn' died in 1936 at the age of 34

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