Alphonsus Gabriele Capone (better known as Al Capone or Scarface) was born on January 17, 1899 to Gabriele and Teresina Capone in a small town in Italy. Shortly after he was born, the family moved to Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Capone joined “kid gangs” in the streets of Brooklyn, and ended up dropping out of school in sixth grade. His gang activity eventually led up to the notorious “Five Points” gang in Manhattan, New York.
While in this gang, he worked in Harvard Inn as a waiter and bouncer. It was in Harvard Inn that he insulted a customer, and was attacked by her brother, receiving several scars on his face. This gave him the nickname “Scarface”. Capone later shot a rival gang member, sending him to the hospital. His boss, Yale, sent him and his family to live Chicago until things cooled off. Capone then worked for Yale’s previous mentor. His name was John Torrio.
Capone worked his way up in the business, and became Torrio’s full partner. After a few years, Torrio was shot by rival gang members, making Al Capone, now largely known as Scarface, the boss of his gang.
The mayor of Chicago decided that Capone had overstayed his welcome in Chicago, and hired a new police chief to run Capone out of his city. After relocating, Capone found a house in Palm Island, Florida.
His headquarters in Chicago grew and Capone became more powerful. He was later charged with Income Tax Evasion and was sent to Atlanta to serve an 11-year sentence. Even in jail, Capone was the boss. After word started to spread that Capone had taken over the Atlanta Federal Prison, he was sent to prison in Alcatraz, where his power became useless. Eventually, he became the “ideal prisoner” to try to get time off for good behavior.
After being released from Alcatraz, he spent another year in a state correctional facility, for his misdemeanor sentence. After being free from the criminal system, he spent a short period of time in a hospital. Then he returned to his home in Palm Island, where his life became calm and peaceful. His body was deteriorating, so he was no longer in shape to run his gang.
On January 21st, he had a stroke. After a short period of time Capone caught Syphilis. When he regained consciousness and his health began to improve, he caught pneumonia on January 24th, and died the next day.
Al Capone was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, until his remains were moved to Mount Carmel Cemetery.
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