|Birth: ||Feb. 12, 1905|
|Death: ||Jul. 22, 1981|
From: The Chicago Tribune - 07-24-1981
George Bieber of Chicago, attorney at law, beloved husband of Helen; loving uncle of many nieces and nephews; cherished and beloved friend of all that knew him. Services Friday 2 p.m. at Original Weinstein and Sons Chapel, 3019 W. Peterson Av. Interment P.O.W. Cemetery, Waldheim. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pasquale M. De Marco Institute for Medical Research, 5645 W. Addison, Chicago, 60634. Friends may pay their respects at the chapel Friday 12 noon until time of service. Info. 561-1890.
From: The Chicago Tribune - 07-24-1981
George Bieber dead at 76; lawyer for top hoodlums
GEORGE R. BIEBER, one of the last of the colorful lawyers from the "Front Page" era of Chicago's lusty criminal history, died Wednesday in Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was 76.
Though he no longer handled cases and was partially blind, he went to his Loop office at 188 W. Randolph St. until recently and dined in the Bismarck Hotel with reporters and judges "from the old Criminal Court days" because, "jeez, I don't know what else to do."
Bieber always picked up the tab.
HIS CLIENTS over the years had included the cream of the underworld-gambler Mickey Cohen; Jake "Greasy Thumb" Guzik; Felix "Milwaukee Phil" Alderisio; slot machine boss Eddie Vogel; Murray "The Camel" Humphries; Al Capone's brothers Ralph and John; and Anthony "Big Tuna" Accardo, when he was still up and coming.
When Cohen, a Los Angeles mobster, got out of prison after serving a sentence for income tax evasion in 1958, Bieber lent him $22,500 to help him get back on his feet.
Bieber liked to recall that he and Dion O'Banion, murdered North Side bootlegger, started out together as "sluggers" for the old Chicago Herald & Examiner in the newspaper circulation wars. "Our job was to dump over the other guys' delivery trucks," he explained.
THOUGH BIEBER'S law clients included some of the big names in crimedom, he also represented run-of-the-mill swindlers, murderers, and even defendants charged with malicious mischief.
In the 1950s, he was on a reported $250,000-a-year retainer from the crime syndicate to show up in court to obtain freedom on habeas corpus writs for hoodlums picked up on "general principles," as they were in those days.
His favorite charity was Joseph "Pops" Panczko, Chicago's burglary king, whom Bieber represented free of charge because he enjoyed the challenge of seeing how long he could keep Pops out of jail.
"My word is my bond," Bieber would say. "My life is an open book."
IN 1952 HE was a pall bearer for his friend David Zatz, a bookie who was shot to death and stuffed into the trunk of a car. Then he appeared in court as defense lawyer for a suspect arrested in connection with the slaying.
Always the entertainer, Bieber in 1947 won acquittal for two South Side men arrested in a gambling raid and then told Judge William V. Daley: "Now I have a request to make, your honor. I wonder if we can get back the record sheets so we can pay off."
FORMER STATE'S Atty. Benjamin S. Adamowski once charged that the "B Boys"-Bieber, his partner of 40 years, the late Mike Brodkin, the late Charles Bellows, Herbert Barsey, and Harry Busch-got special treatment from Criminal Court judges.
"That's a lie," Bieber told a reporter who asked him for a comment. "I gotta go now. I'm due in Felony Court to file a 'motion to fix.'"
Bieber, a resident of the North Side, is survived by his wife, Helen.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel at 3019 W. Peterson Av.
From: The Chicago Tribune - 07-25-1981
George R. Bieber
Services for George R. Bieber, 76, one of Chicago's more flamboyant and successful criminal lawyers. were held Fri day. Mr. Bieber, of 850 Dewitt Pl., died Wednesday in Northwest Hospital. He maintained law offices for 55 years at 138 W, Randolph St., where for 40 years he was a partner of the late Michael Brodkin. They were known as the "B&B" boys in criminal court circles. Mr. Bieber is survived by his wife, Helen.
Louis Bieber (____ - 1939)
Sarah Bieber (1872 - 1940)
Helen Bieber (1905 - 1987)
Esther Todes (____ - 1961)*
Sam P Bieber (____ - 1950)*
Charlotte Bieber (____ - 1945)*
Herman H Bieber (1895 - 1919)*
George R Bieber (1905 - 1981)
Waldheim Jewish Cemetery
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