Al Capone: A Famous American Gangster

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The Life of Scarface Al Capone was a very famous American gangster. He gained his fame during the prohibition era and to this day he is still famous. He never really did have good schooling as a child, but he ended up having a multi-million dollar business in crime. Throughout his life in crime, he did many illegal things and only ended up going to jail a few times. Al Capone was a gangster “murdered his was to the top of the Chicago mafia before being sent to Alcatraz” and that was one of the few times he did end up going to jail (Biography.com). Of all things he was sent to jail for, it was tax evasion that sent him to Alcatraz. Alphonse Gabriel Capone is his real name and he is called Al for short. His parents, Terisina and Gabriel Capone, …show more content…
Capone and Torrio killed voters in Cicero when they moved to Chicago to “rid the city of corruption” (History.com). By killing the voters, they ensured a safe business in Chicago. In 1994, Capone killed Joe Howard because he killed one of Capone’s friends. Capone dominated the illegal liquor trade in 1924. William McSwiggin tried to convict Capone of murder but failed. This was due to the eyewitnesses fearing harm and forgot all memories of the incident (Britannica).The eyewitnesses said nothing and Capone was not proven guilty. There are also many other times he has done illegal things and not been caught. His business was one of those things. Because his business was gambling, prostitution, bootlegging, and killing other gangs, he was almost always doing something illegal. Although most people would tell you that Capone was a gangster and a racketeer, he would call himself a businessman. The Capone mob was the most notorious mob at the time. They were built by systems of “business by intimidation” making it possible to do what he did (Allen 264). His mob had a fearsome reputation for all of the things they did. During 1927, he went into hiding after he killed McSwiggin. While in hiding, he had an estimated fortune of about one hundred million dollars. His business was at the top and it made him so famous and the members of other gangs didn’t like him for that …show more content…
Of all the things Al could have been sent to jail for, he was sent in 1929 for carrying a concealed handgun (Britannica). He was in jail for ten months because of that. Another thing he was convicted of was tax evasion. Al had 80,000 dollars in fines and court costs when he was sent to jail. They sent him to the Atlanta Penitentiary in Florida in May 1932. While he was in Atlanta, he was caught bribing guards and then later sent to Alcatraz for that. Of all the things they could have arrested him for, like murder and bootlegging, he was only sent for having a concealed handgun and tax

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