Sunday, April 21, 2019

Harry 'The Hook' Aleman

Harry Aleman in 1977
Harry 'The Hook' Aleman (January 19, 1939 – May 15, 2010) was a Chicago mobster and a feared enforcer for the Chicago Outfit during the 1970s. Aleman got the nickname "Hook" from his boxing career in high school. In the early 1970s, Aleman started working as a collector for the Outfit.

He is famous for being the only person in the US ever to be acquitted of murder, then legally tried and convicted for the same murder when the initial trial was found to be corrupt. A Chicago judge was recruited specifically to acquit Aleman at trial. It later emerged the judge had been bribed.
On September 27, 1972, Aleman fatally shot Teamsters official William Logan in his Chicago neighborhood. Two witnesses watched Aleman commit the murder.

Aleman was a classic sociopath and is credited with 13 murders in Chicago between 1971 and 1976.
Harry Aleman died from lung cancer on May 15, 2010.