Some dude in Oak Creek thought he killed Al Capone’s son, but it turns out he was just drunk
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• Who among us hasn’t imagined going back to the days of Prohibition and taking on vile gangsters like Al Capone? Or, at the very least, back to the days when they still had The Untouchables on Netflix Instant? A 64-year-old man in Oak Creek apparently has, if his July 3 run-in with “Al Capone’s son” is any indication. According to Oak Creek Now, the man called 911 at 2:50 a.m. to report the notorious crime boss’ son was holding a gun to his head in his car at the Villa Vista Hotel. Before officers could reach him, however, he claimed he had killed his infamous attacker by breaking his neck.
Of course, the dude was just hammered. Police arrived to find the man alone in his car, and quickly arrested him for drunken driving and misuse of 911. Capone’s son, Albert Francis Capone, was unavailable for comment, seeing as he’s been dead since 2004.
• To the surprise of no one, Summerfest took a hit this year due to the extreme heat. The Journal Sentinel reports that attendance was down 8 percent from last year, with roughly 805,437 fans braving the 100-degree temperatures to enjoy Foo Fighters, Aerosmith, Joe Walsh, and heat stroke.
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