Sunday, September 22, 2013

Al Capone in Benld

The Telegraph [Alton, IL]
22 September 2013

For The Telegraph

BENLD — In a town the size of Benld, the phrase “urban legend” may be a misnomer. But rumors of gangster Al Capone in the town persist, eight decades later.

Though unproven, many residents of this southern Macoupin County village of some 1,600 residents believe that Capone conducted all sorts of illegal business in Benld, including the manufacture of bootleg liquor. A mining town established in 1904 with a large immigrant population, Benld boasted 3,300 residents with at least 32 saloons around the start of Prohibition and has been described as a sort of “frontier town,” based on its lawless reputation. [...]