Biograhpy of Al Capone
Alphonse Capone, the fourth of nine children, was a child of immigrants from Naples. Being born in 1899 in Brooklyn, he attended school through sixth grade until when he proceeded to beat up his teacher and was in turn beaten by his principal. Capone then quit school and joined a teenage outfit known as the "James Street Gang."
After Capone graduated from the Five Points Gang he was hired by Torrio and Frankie yale as a bouncer for a saloon-brothel in Brooklyn. During an altercation over a girl with Frank Galluccio his left cheek was slashed, from then on he became known as "Scarface Al."
In 1919 Capone moved to Chicago to take on new duties for Torrio. There, he would take over Colosimo's organization by murdering him. As the Capone-Torrio duo became larger so did Capone's control of the police force, politics and public opinion.
Soon torrio left the job after a stay in the hospital in 1925 and would hand the business over to Capone full time. Capone was said to have over 1,000 people on his payroll and a payroll over $300,000 a week. Although Capone was a murderer he was an equal opportunity employer.
By limiting his jobs to activities with strong support, bootlegging, gambling and prostitution, he enjoyed much popularity. The feds could never pin a murder on Capone, however in 1929 he was sentenced to eleven years in prison for tax evasion, just months after the shooting of seven people known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and was sent to a federal prison in Atlanta before being moved to Alcatraz in 1934.
As his health deteriorated he was released in 1939. His family took him to his mansion in Florida where he would stay for the final eight years of his life.
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