Capone helped whisky barons beat Prohibition
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December 29, 2013
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But he wasn't turned away.
New research by a Scottish author suggests that Berry Brothers & Rudd were secretly involved in smuggling Scotch whisky into the United States during the 13 years it was "dry".
George Rosie, author of Curious Scotland, Tales from a Hidden History, which chronicles the antics of the bootleggers, said the very profitable relationship between respectable whisky firms and American mobsters "is one of the great stories that has never been told"...
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So when Congress passed the Prohibition Act it became clear that for the whisky industry in Scotland to survive, the legislation would need to be circumvented.
Mr Rosie claims that Francis Berry, the junior partner at Berry Brothers & Rudd during the time of Prohibition, travelled to Nassau in the Bahamas, where he struck up a deal with a Scots-American seaman from Florida called Bill McCoy...
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