Douglas County Historical Society’s monthly program, Second Sunday Series, is proud to present the April installment entitled “Two Gun” Hart: Law Man, Cowboy, and Long Lost Brother of Al Capone to be given by Lincoln native and California transplant, Jeff McArthur. The presentation will take place on Sunday, April 9 at 2 p.m. on Historic Fort Omaha in Metropolitan Community College’s Building 10, located on the north end of campus.
Few know that Al Capone, the most famous gangster in the world, had a long-lost brother on the opposite side of the law. Born Vincenzo Capone in 1892, he ran away from home as a teenager, joined the circus, then the army, and returned from the Great War a hero. When Prohibition began in 1920, he became a Federal officer, and fought crime dressed as a cowboy with two six-shooters on his side while riding a horse.
Based in the small town of Homer, Nebraska, Hart covered territory throughout eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Working closely with such tribes as the Omaha, Winnebago, and Sioux; he became one of the most successful law men in the country. The entire time, neither his friends nor even his family knew of his connection to the infamous mob boss in Chicago.
The Second Sunday Series is a once per month series of presentations that serve to highlight a diverse range of topics and time periods related to Douglas County history. The Second Sunday Series is offered free of charge to DCHS members as a benefit of their membership and $5 for non-members. We welcome all community members interested to attend and due to limited space we ask all to RSVP either by phone at 402-455-9990 or email at Members@DouglasCoHistory.org.
Douglas County Historical Society’s mission is to preserve and enliven historical insight in Douglas County Nebraska. Please visit our website www.DouglasCoHistory.org to learn about the Society’s programs, services, and other upcoming events.