Alphonse Gabriel Capone AKA Al Capone was a notorious American gangster would co-founded and led a power crime syndicate known as the Chicago Outfit.
Through the years, he picked up the nickname ”Scarface” which was made into a blockbuster movie in 1983 by the same name. The Italian New Yorker’s real-life was just as action-packed as the movie though.
Born in New York to Italian immigrant parents, Capone was introduced to crime at an early age. As a teenager he joined the Five Points Gang and ultimately became a bouncer at locations the gang ran their criminal activities, such as brothels.
Moving to Chicago in his twenties, Capone became a bodyguard for high profile criminals including Johnnie Torrio, who later stepped down from his criminal organization and handed over the responsibility to Capone.
After his seven year reign as a known crime boss, he ended up in prison, finally making his way to the now haunted Eastern State Penitentiary on August 8, 1929. Capone was released in March 1930, but a week later he was listed as ”public enemy” number one.
Capone expanded the businesses through violence and had the mayor and police on his payroll. Eventually he was arrested again by federal authorities in 1931 for tax evasion.
Capone was convicted and sentenced to 11 years in federal prison during his highly publicized case, of which he served 8 years.
Capone eventually died of cardiac arrest on January 25th, 1947, but his legacy lives on. Join the discussion and share your thoughts in the comments below.
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