Joe Batters: The Brutal Reign of Chicago Outfit Boss Tony Accardo

Joe Batters: The Brutal Reign of Chicago Outfit Boss Tony Accardo

Date: October 19, 2019
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free for Members or with Museum Admission

Author Neil Gordon will tell the story of Chicago Outfit boss Tony Accardo, also known as “Joe Batters.” Accardo got his start under Al Capone and eventually became the boss for several decades. Although not widely known, Accardo was regarded as one of the most powerful and effective Mob bosses in history. Gordon draws connections between Accardo and Las Vegas, and provides insights into Accardo’s brutal history of retribution and his ultimate downfall.

This program is in the Oscar B. Goodman Room. A book signing in the retail store follows the program. 

Featured Speakers

Neil Gordon  

Neil Gordon


Neil Gordon is the author of the sensationally terrifying book Joe Batters, the definitive work on Tony Accardo and The Chicago Outfit. A creation of nonfiction, this is the last untold story of the 20th century.

​Gordon’s story began as a kid. While growing up in Phoenix, his father Dean, a novelist of Caribbean intrigue, surrounded his son with tales of mystery, suspense, and adventure. In 1972 when The Godfather premiered at the Cine Capri Theater, it was an eye-opener, and Gordon was hooked into the history and lore of the Mafia.

​A graduate of DU’s Hotel and Restaurant School, Gordon career included owner/operator of a Scottsdale steakhouse and blues club, and ten year stints as Senior Buyer with City Meats Phoenix and Vice President of Meat Operations at Braunger Foods in Sioux City, Iowa.

While vacationing in Nova Scotia where his father grew up, a stop at what was once his great-great uncle’s house changed Gordon’s life. The man renovating the house happened to be Chicago’s mob boss Tony Accardo’s illegitimate son, Stephen. Stephen’s mother, who survived a mob hit and attempted kidnapping, was one of many affairs Tony Accardo took to his grave. The story of Joe Batters started to manifest. After nearly ten years of research, writing, and editing, Neil Gordon is excited to share Joe Batters with Mafia fans around the globe.