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Al Capone the Most Notorious Chicago Gangster

Updated on May 9, 2014

Robert DeNiro as Al Capone

The Beginning of Al Capone

Al Capone's life of crime was sealed at age 14 when he dropped out of school and met New York gangsters Johnny Torrio. Alphonse also known as Scarface was born Jan, 17th 1899 and die Jan, 25th 1947. During his 48 years on earth he became Chicago's most notorious gangster.

Born to Gabriele and Teresina Capone, Al began is life in Brooklyn New York. Fourth of 8 siblings, Capone started early with crime by joining two gangs as a teenager. Although the Brooklyn Rippers and the Forty Thieves Juniors were small time gangs, Capone quickly rose in the ranks and improved his status by joining the Five Points gang; headed by Frankie Yale.

The Beginning of the Crime Spree

At the age of 19, Capone married Mae Josephine who had already given birth to him son, Albert. After Capone was suspected of two murders in New York, Frankie Yale, the headed of the Five Points gang sent him to Chicago (1919). Where he shortly took over Cicero, Illinois. By the 1930s the whole Capone clan lived in Cicero.

Capone really hit the big times when Prohibition started. Prohibition prevented legal sales of alcohol. Capone took control of the underground sale of alcohol and generated over $10 million a year during this era. Rivals and death threats were everywhere causing Capone to armor is Cadillac, while still being just as notorious as ever.

Capone was suspected of orchestrated the St. Valentine's Day Massacre on the North side of Chicago. No one was ever convicted of the 7 murders committed that historic day, but officials always linked the murders to Capone. Eventually, law enforcement grew tried of Capone and all his many near brushes with the law and devised a new plan.

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The DownFall Of Capone

Al Alcini, planned of the new plan to get Capone began linking taxable income to Capone where no tax had been collected which leading to tax evasion charges by Eliot Ness. Capone was found guilty of five tax evasion charges and sentenced to a total of 12 years and $80,000 in fines. Capone actually severed 6 years. So, the new plan worked.

During his time in jail, Capone suffered a decline in health. It was reported that he suffered from dementia which is a decline in mental capacity. After his death on January 25, 1947 it was determine that Capone had third-stage syphilis which was possibly the cause of the earlier diagnosis of dementia and which was related to the heart attack that ended his life.


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      AnthonyJ33 9 years ago from Southern California

      Big Al Capone. Amazing how a guy born to a poor family with little education could rise up to be the virtual "Boss" of Chicago by the time he was 30. Goes to show you what determination and a Tommy Gun can do for you!