Al Capone: Scarface
Alphonse Gabriel “Al Capone” is one of the most notorious gangsters of all times. He was born on January 17 and died on 1899 – January 25, 1947. He led a Prohibition-Era crime syndicate. The Chicago Outfit, which subsequently became known as the “Capones”, was focused on smuggling and bootlegging liquor, and several other unlawful activities such as prostitution, in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931.
Born in Brooklyn, New York City to Italian immigrants, Al Capone also known as “Scarface” soon became involved with gang activity at a very young age after being expelled from school at age 14.
In his early twenties, he moved to Chicago to take advantage of a new opportunity to make money smuggling illegal alcoholic beverages into the city during Prohibition. He also engaged in various other illegal activities, including bribery of government figures, drugs and prostitution. Despite his illegitimate occupation, Al Capone became a highly visible public figure. He often made donations to various charitable endeavors using the “black” money he made from his activities, and was viewed by many to be a “modern-day Robin Hood”.
Al Capone remained an untouchable legend, and definitely the most popular gangster of all times, also famous for the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Capone was convicted on federal charges of tax evasion, and sentenced to federal prison. His incarceration included a term at the then-new Alcatraz Federal Prison. In the final years of Capone’s life, he suffered mental and physical deterioration due to late-stage neurosyphilis, which he had contracted in his youth. On January 25, 1947, he died from cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke.