Al Capone

American gangster (1899–1947)

Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947) was an Italian-American criminal mastermind. He grew up in Brooklyn and moved to Chicago where he led a crime syndicate in the Prohibition-era that was known as the "Capones". The Capones were known for smuggling, bootlegging liquor and prostitution in Chicago, Illinois from around the 1920s until 1931. Capone's organized crime reign ended in 1931, when he was put on trial for federal income tax evasion. Found guilty, Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Al Capone
Al Capone in 1930
Alphonse Gabriel Capone

(1899-01-17)January 17, 1899
DiedJanuary 25, 1947(1947-01-25) (aged 48)
Palm Island, Florida, U.S.
Resting placeMount Carmel Cemetery[1]
Hillside, Illinois, U.S.
Other namesScarface, Big Al, Big Boy, Public Enemy No. 1
Occupation(s)Criminal mastermind, bootlegger, gangster, boss of Chicago Outfit
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Mae Coughlin (m. 1918)
Criminal chargeTax evasion
Penalty11-year sentence in Atlanta U.S. Penitentiary and Alcatraz

Capone was released from his sentence in 1939, suffering from an advanced case of syphilis. Capone died in 1947 after he suffered a stroke. He regained consciousness and caught pneumonia and later had a fatal cardiac arrest. On January 25, 1947 Al Capone died in his home, surrounded by his family.[2] Michael Jackson made a song called "Al Capone" for his 1987 album Bad. It was not put on the album. The song was released on the second disc of the 25th Anniversary re-release of Bad.

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  1. "Mount Carmel". Archived from the original on 2004-09-03.
  2. "Capone Dead At 48. Dry Era Gang Chief". New York Times. Associated Press. 2009-04-02. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-12. Al Capone, ex-Chicago gangster and prohibition era crime leader, died in his home here tonight.
  • 2.“Al Capone.” World of Criminal Justice. Gale, (2002). Biography in Context.Web. 10-June 2014

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Preceded by
Johnny Torrio
Chicago Outfit Boss
Succeeded by
Frank Nitti