Articles by Gary Jenkins

Harry “The Hook” Aleman: Chicago Outfit Enforcer (Part 4)

This is the 4th and final installment about the life and times of Chicago’s most feared hit man Harry “The Hook” Aleman. Harry had been raised in the mob life by a spouse abuser and violent criminal. He turned to a father figure in his uncle, Joe Ferriola, a member of the Chicago Outfit. Even though Harry was indoctrinated in a criminal’s life, he had this extra intelligence that many professional criminals never exhibit. He…


Harry “The Hook” Aleman: Chicago Outfit Enforcer (Part 3)

In this third installment about Harry The Hook Aleman, a ½ Mexican ½ Sicilian Chicago Outfit hitman, enforcer, street tax collector, and the skipper of a home invasion crew, I will examine the case that will eventually bring Aleman to justice. This will be a long and crazy path so hang on and keep reading. I mentioned earlier how much inside information on Aleman came from a Taylor Street crew member named Lou Almeida. Almeida…


Harry “The Hook” Aleman: Chicago Outfit Enforcer (Part 2)

The is the second installment about the life of a Chicago Outfit thief, enforcer, juice loan collector and killer named Harry “The Hook” Aleman. Historically the Chicago Outfit has been able to control judges and politicians, control big businesses like Vegas hotel casinos and dominate rank and file members to control national unions like the Teamsters. A lot of high-powered businessmen, lawyers, accounts and normal men can make deals, make the hard business decisions and…


Harry “The Hook” Aleman: Chicago Outfit Enforcer (Part 1)

This is the first of a 4-part series documenting the life of a Chicago Outfit thief, enforcer, juice loan collector and killer named Harry “The Hook” Aleman. He was born Harry Peralt Alemen on January 19, 1939 in Chicago. He has been accused of as many as 18 murders by the Chicago Crime Commission and most folks believe that number is way low. He was an important tool in the Outfit’s enforcement of street tax…