|Chicago|  Harry Aleman

Birth: January 19, 1939

Death: May 15, 2010

Harry "The Hook" Aleman was an enforcer for the Chicago Outfit and was a suspect in the murder of Sam Giancana. He was a cousin of Joseph Ferriola, who was a leading member of the family during the mid 1980's.

The Outfits Hammer
Harry Aleman was born in 1939 and was of half Italian descent. His father was largely jailed during his childhood. In the 1970's Aleman and 2 associates, William Petrocelli and Gerald Scarpelli, started to shake down bookmakers, making their bones for the Chicago Outfit. Aleman was described of having an intimidating presence and became a feared man. When in 1975 former Outfit boss Sam Giancana was murdered Aleman became a suspect. However, with little evidence, authorities were unable to charge him. In 1977 he was trialed and acquitted for the 1972 murder of Chicago Teamsters Union steward William Logan. Later it was however determined the judge had been bribed.

In 1978 Aleman was charged and later convicted under the RICO Act of organizing a number of home invasions. Sentenced to thirty years imprisonment, Aleman was transferred to a series of correctional facilities in Marion, Illinois, Atlanta, Georgia, Oxford, Wisconsin, and Michigan serving eleven years until being paroled on April 28, 1989. Agreeing to certain terms providing for his early release, Aleman began work earning $8 an hour as a personnel supervisor with Accurate Coring Company, a South Side warehouse owned by his son-in-law Ted Strong. In 1991, Aleman was charged with extorting bookkeepers and the murder of Anthony Reitinger. Refusing to testify against his boss Ernest Rocco Infelise he pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

After mob attorney Robert Cooley became a government informant, it was revealed he had delivered a $10,000 bribe to Judge Wilson in exchange for Aleman's acquittal in 1977. He also linked Aleman to a number of gangland slayings with former partner "Butch" Petrocelli, including former chief investigator Dick Cain and ex-police officer Chris Cardi. Judge Wilson subsequently committed suicide with a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Partly as a result of Operation GamBat, Aleman was reindicted for the murder of Logan while in prison and eventually retried in September 1997. In 1998, a federal court ruled that an acquittal by a bribed judge in a bench trial is invalid because the defendant in such a case was never in jeopardy in the first place, and that the legal concept of double jeopardy is therefore inapplicable. This meant Aleman could be retried, and thus he became the first person in U.S. history to be retried by the same government for a crime which he had previously been acquitted. This time he was found guilty to murder and recieved sentencing up to 300 years. Aleman eventually died in prison on May 15, 2010, due to cancer.


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