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Al Capone American Don

Capone Chicago

Born on January 17, 1899 Al Capone was greatest and most notorious American mafia don.”Capones” dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor and other illegal activities, was the group he founded and led from the early 20’s to 1931. He was born to an ordinary family, his father was a barber in Italy and mother was a seamstress.

At the age of 14 he dropped out of school and started working at a candy store.Capone was influenced by gangster Johnny Torriom, whom he came to regard as a mentor. Capone started his criminal career with smaller gangs like “The Junior Forty Theives” , “Brooklyn Rippers” and then joined the notorious “Five Points Gang”.

He was nicknamed “Scarface” and “Snorky” by his close friends. Capone’s way to criminal glory started when Torrio his Five Points Gang mentor got seriously injured in an assassination attempt by a rival gang. Shaken by the incident Torrio turned over his business to Capone. Under Capone the gang made a lot of money ,estimated $100 million per year through all the illegal activities including gambling and prostitution and illegal liquor sales.With this money Capone’s grip on the political and law-enforcement establishments in Chicago grew stronger. He soon established a headquarters at Chicago’s Lexington Hotel. This was soon nicknamed “Capone’s Castle”.

In short Capone was the most powerful Mafia don having penetrated government circles including judges, police officers and varoius individuals in other law enforcement agencies.His reign was to end & he was sentenced to federal prison, including a stay at the infamous Alcatraz federal prison, for tax evasion. After his release in 1939 he suffered cardiac problems and died in 1947 from heart failure.

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