Al Capone Took in Nebraska at Northwestern Three Days Before Heading to Jail

October 19, 2012 at 3:17p    by Jason Priestas    


Chris Lauderback's picture

Slightly off topic but...

I was watching a documentary on Pearl Harbor a few nights ago and I never knew that FDR actually rode in Al Capone's car from the White House to the Capitol to give his speech asking Congress to pass a declaration of war.

There were concerns FDR might be assassinated and due to a government law at the time forbidding anymore than $750 be spent on government vehicles, there were no bullet proof government vehicles available to transport the president.

To solve the problem, someone in the security detail remembered the govt had seized Capone's bulletproof car so they borrowed it for a few hours.

BED's picture

Saw that too.  Very interesting.

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

buckeyedude's picture

Boy how times have changed. It seems there are no limits on how much government can spend on anything these days. I could go on, but I will refrain at the risk of getting hammered.



buckeyeEddie27's picture

I heard the same thing on a show about the evolution of presidential transportation.  You know "The Beast" has caddy skin on top of a truck frame?   pretty cool.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.