Al Capone: The Legacy Of Al Capone

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When the name, “Al Capone” gets thrown into the conversation, words like “corrupt” or even “murderer” often follow. It is hard to imagine a man who had so much controversy surrounding him to be named “Public Enemy #1” would have a benevolent soul. Al Capone had a family. Not only that, but a tight-knit Italian family. He was a loving son, husband, and father. It is necessary to note, though, that many of the perceived ideas about him are true, but often exaggerated. Al, himself, touched upon this often. At a press conference in the 1920s, he was being questioned about certain shady activities attached with his name. After a while, Al became a bit fed up with all of the accusations of violent crime placed around him, saying, “...I don’t pose as plaster saint, but I never killed anyone. I never stuck up another man in my life….” Al did have shortcomings, and he recognized this. In fact, his legacy as the “Boss of Chicago” stuck …show more content…
His mother, Theresa Capone, definitely viewed Al through rosy lenses, but all mothers do. This adoration certainly attributed to more of the tender moments Al had in the public eye. At his time in Alcatraz in particular, Theresa Capone wrote a letter to a man on the Alcatraz prison board, Mr. Batis, begging him to transfer Al into another prison or ward. Around the time she wrote the letter, she had been given word that her son had been treated quite poorly by other inmates on more than one occasion. She had a great amount of anxiety surrounding this stating in her letter, "I certainly feel that he is not safe in such a place as Alcatraz.... This is not the first attempt on his life there, how do you think he feels..." The amount of controversy surrounding the Capone family in Chicago was already massive, so hearing that her beloved son was being harmed for committing tax evasion, a crime that today would simply place one in federal

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