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Biographical essay - Al Capone.

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Joshua Gendron Biographical essay - Al Capone Alphonse Capone was also known as Al Capone and Scarface. He was one of the most notorious gangsters in the history of the United States. Alphonse Capone ran Chicago with violence, blood and guns. He led a life of violence and crime beginning at a very young age. It seemed he had always had a problem with anyone in authority. Capone was born in Brooklyn in 1899 to two Italian immigrants, Gabriel and Teresa. His last name was originally Caponi, but was changed when they came to the United States. Al went to school with Salvatore Lucania, later known as Lucky Luciano. At about the age of ten he began to follow the later-to-be gangster, Johnny Torrio. When he was about 14 he beat a female teacher when he was in the sixth grade and quit school after the principal punished him for what he did. ...read more.


Capone then moved to Chicago with his friend. He carried with him his rough style of dealing with people. He took a job as bartender at Torrio's club. As the bartender, he broke the arms, legs, and even skulls of the people he threw out of the bar. Torrio did not bring Capone to Chicago to beat up drunkards. As Torrio's right hand man, he received the job killing off "Big Jim" Colosimo, who was actually Torrio's uncle [he ran Chicago's underground]. After the passage of Prohibition in 1920, Torrio was constantly harassing the boss to establish underground drinking establishments. Tired of hearing "NO" from Colosimo, Torrio had him killed by Capone on May 11, 1920. Torrio became boss of Chicago, and Capone became the manager of alcohol for the city. ...read more.


By now, the IRS had been gathering tax evasion information on Capone for some time through a hired agent, Eddie O'Hare. O'Hare ran Capone's dog and racetracks and told the IRS where they could find Capone's financial records. On November 24, Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in Federal prison, fined $50,000, charged $7,692 for court costs, and $215,000 in back taxes for tax evasion. He spent four and a half years in Alcatraz; then he was transferred to another prison before his release. He was released in 1939, after serving seven years and paying all of his back taxes. His mental and physical condition had gone downhill badly, and he entered Baltimore hospital for brain treatment immediately after his release. He retired and moved to Florida. He died of a stroke and pneumonia on January 25, 1947, but before he died he arranged with Frank Nitti to have Eddie O'Hare killed. ...read more.

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