Robert St John

Editor of the Cicero Tribune by age 22, Robert St. John reported on Al Capone's dealings with government, going so far as to write an expose on one of brothels Capone ran.1

This won St. John a beating in broad daylight by Capone's men, while police stood by watching. Believing the message was effectively conveyed, Capone would end up paying St. John's hospital bills. In the end, Capone bought out the Cicero Tribune's partners, and proceeded to fire St. John, who would go on to become a distinguished national and foreign correspondent.2

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