Crime History: Chicago mobster framed and arrested for kidnapping

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

On this day, Dec. 4, in 1933, Chicago gangster Roger Touhy was arrested, having been framed for the kidnapping of gangster John "Jake the Barber" Factor, the brother of cosmetics king Max Factor Sr.

Roger "The Terrible" Touhy, the son of a former patrolman with the Chicago Police Department, was convicted and served 26 years in prison before a federal judge overturned the conviction on the grounds that Factor and Al Capone had arranged the kidnapping.

Twenty-two days after his release, Touhy and his bodyguard were gunned down by hit men at his sister's house. While Touhy lay bleeding, he muttered, "I've been expecting it. The bastards never forget!"

- Scott McCabe

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