Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Al Capone

By Matt K.

Alphonse Gabriel Capone was one of the most famous gangsters of all time in the roaring 20’s. He stole and smuggled liquor into Chicago, and did other criminal activities. His 'public' job was as a used furniture dealer.

He was born in one of the tough sections of Brooklyn Named Williamsburg, NY. He was the fourth child out of nine children from Italian descent.

The way Al Capone got started in crime was in grade six. He got in an argument with his grade six teacher, and beat her up, but was beaten in return by the principal. He then ran away from school and never came back. By Capone’s late teens, he had been hired by Torrio and Frankie Yale as a bouncer at a saloon in Brooklyn. This was his start in gangs.

One of the worst things Al Capone organized or did was the St. Valentine Day Massacre. The St. Valentine Day Massacre was the name of the seven killings on February 14, 1929. The primary target was Bugs Moran, the leader of the North Side Gang, a rival gang of Al Capone’s. The seven people that were killed were all members of the North Side Gang. Al Capone's main target, Bugs Moran, was not actually one of the men killed. Capone had arranged the killings, but he himself had a solid alibi and was not arrested for this crime.

He was born on January 17, 1899 in Brooklyn New York and he died on January 27, 1947 at the age of 48. He was sentenced to federal prison for tax evasion in 1931. He spent ten years in the infamous Alcatraz prison, and got out in 1941. He later died of an S.T.D. disease called syphilis that made you go crazy.

• Al Capone: Wikipedia
• Biography - Al Capone: imdb.com


polgara59 said...

Interesting post! I'd known about the Valentine's Day massacre, and the fact that Capone went to prison for tax evasion, but I'd never really connected the two before (saw a movie that had the massacre in it many years ago).

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