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Harry "The Hook" Aleman (born January 19, 1939) is a Chicago Outfit enforcer and hitman.

He remains a suspect in the unsolved murders of Sam Giancana and Richard Cain. However, with little evidence, authorities have never been able to charge him.

He was acquitted for the 1972 murder of Chicago Teamsters Union steward William Logan after the judge was bribed by criminal defense attorney Robert Cooley.

A year later, Aleman was charged and later convicted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of organizing a number of home invasion robberies. Sentenced to thirty years imprisonment, Aleman was transferred to a series of correctional facilities in Marion, Illinoismarker, Atlanta, Georgiamarker, Oxford, Wisconsinmarker, and Milan, Michiganmarker serving eleven years until being paroled on April 28, 1989.

In 1991, Aleman was charged with extortion, pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

Aleman was reindicted for the murder of Logan while in prison and eventually retried in September 1997. In 1998, a federal court ruled (Harry Aleman v. Judges of the Criminal Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, et al., 138 F.3d 302 (7th Cir. 1998)) that an acquittal by a bribed judge in a bench trial is invalid because the defendant in such a case was never in jeopardy in the first place, and that the legal concept of double jeopardy is therefore inapplicable. This meant Aleman could be reprosecuted. Aleman was convicted at his retrial.

Aleman is currently serving 300 years in Henry C. Hill Correctional facility, in Galesburg, Illinoismarker. Parole date: July 26, when he is 202 years old.


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