Al Capone

 

 

Al capone
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chicago crime boss
tax evasion

The prohibition era in the United States was a high time for crime syndicates to operate, particularly in smuggling alcohol and other illegal activities, such as prostitution and bribery.

One of the most prominent gangsters in America who indulged in such activities was Al Capone, an American of Italian descent, who was the big boss of the crime syndicate Chicago Outfit, also called The Capones.

He was born Alphones Gabriel Capone on the 17th of January, year 1899 to Italian immigrants in Brooklyn, New York. As a young boy, Capone was an excellent student. The strict regulations in the Catholic school however took a toll on the 14-year old Capone and eventually, he was expelled for assaulting a teacher. Out of school, he did odd jobs around Brooklyn until he met the man that led him to the mobster life, John Torrio.

Before his career in Chicago, Capone drifted into small-time gangs, including the Five Points Gang and the Brooklyn Rippers. At that time, he got involved in a bar fight which earned him the scars on his face, as his attacker slashed him on the left side of the face 3 times. After the incident, Capone was dubbed “Scarface”.

He married Mae Josephine Coughlin in December 1918, after their son Albert Francis “Sonny” Capone was born. It was at this time, in his early 20s that he left New York for Chicago at the request of John Torrio.

The Torrio-Capone organization was formed and they eventually called themselves the Chicago Outfit, led originally by Torrio. Capone inherited The Outfit when Torrio left for Italy, after being badly injured in the North Side Gang attack, The Outfit’s notorious rival.

Although Al Capone indulged in illegal activities, he was also known for his generosity. Some of his earnings were directed to many charities and individuals in need. This reputation was replaced with violence upon his alleged involvement in the murder of North Side’s seven gang members.

Although Capone and his henchmen were never convicted of the crime, it was enough reason for authorities to lead an investigation until his violations were uncovered, including tax evasion and the Volstead Act violation.

The violation of Volstead Act charge was eventually dropped but he received a sentence of 11 years in federal prison. He was released on the 16th of November 1939. He stayed in his Florida mansion until the time of his death, January 25, 1947, from cardiac arrest.