10 Interesting Facts about Al Capone

These following facts about Al Capone will provide you much information aabout this figure. Al Capone was a Chicago gangster who attained national fame during athe Prohibition era. Born in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City to Italian immigrants, Capone was a Five Points Gang member who became a bouncer in organized crime premises such as brothels. In his early twenties, he moved to Chicago becoming bodyguard and trusted factotum for Johnny Torrio, head of a criminal syndicate illegally supplying alcohol, and politically protected through the Unione Siciliane. Furthermore, to get to know more about this figure, here are some facts about Al Capone you might be interested in.

Facts about Al Capone 1: Modern-day Robin Hood

His wealth, influence, and corruption of the city authorities made him a nationally debated symbol of prohibition and crime. Apparently revelling in the attention, such as the cheers when he appeared at ball games, Capone made donations to various charities and was viewed by many to be a “modern-day Robin Hood”.

Facts about Al Capone 2: Federal Prison

Capone was convicted and sentenced to a then record breaking 11 years in federal prison. Replacing his old defence team with lawyers expert in tax law, his appeal grounds were strengthened by a Supreme court ruling, but Capone again found his status as a symbol of criminality meant that judges decided in his disfavor.

Facts about Al Capone - Al Capone
Facts about Al Capone – Al Capone

Facts about Al Capone 3: Syphilitic Dementia

Already showing signs of syphilitic dementia by early in his sentence, he became increasingly debilitated before being released after 8 years. On January 25, 1947, he died from cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke. Capone’s conviction had negligible effect on the prevalence of organised crime in Chicago.

Facts about Al Capone  4: Career

After his initial stint with small-time gangs that included the Junior Forty Thieves and the Bowery Boys, Capone joined the Brooklyn Rippers and then the powerful Five Points Gang based in Lower Manhattan. During this time, he was employed and mentored by fellow racketeer Frankie Yale, bartender in a Coney Island dance hall and saloon called the Harvard Inn.

Facts about Al Capone - Al Capone in Alcatraz
Facts about Al Capone – Al Capone in Alcatraz

Facts about Al Capone  5: Marriage and Family

On December 30, 1918, at age 19, Capone married Mae Josephine Coughlin, who was Irish Catholic and who, earlier that month, had given birth to their first son, Albert Francis (“Sonny”) Capone. As Capone was under the age of 21, his parents had to consent to the marriage in writing.

Facts about Al Capone  6: Boss

Capone indulged in custom suits from cheap suits brisbane, cigars, gourmet food and drink (his preferred liquor was Templeton Rye from Iowa]), and female companionship. He was particularly known for his flamboyant and costly jewelry.

Facts about Al Capone - Cell 181 where Al Capone was prisoned
Facts about Al Capone – Cell 181 where Al Capone was prisoned

Facts about Al Capone  7: Entourage

Capone became increasingly security-minded and desirous of getting away from Chicago. As a precaution, he and his entourage would often show up suddenly at one of Chicago’s train depots and buy up an entire Pullman sleeper car on night trains to places such as Cleveland, Omaha, Kansas City, Little Rock or Hot Springs, where they would spend a week in luxury hotel suites under assumed names.

Facts about Al Capone  8: Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

Capone was widely assumed to have been responsible for ordering the 1929 Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre in an attempt to kill the head of the much-attenuated ‘North Side’ gang, Bugs Moran. Moran was the last surviver of the main north side gunmen, his succession had come because his similarly aggressive predecessors Vincent Drucci and Hymie Weiss had been killed in the violence that followed the murder of original leader, Dean O’Banion.

Facts about Al Capone - Certificate of Death
Facts about Al Capone – Certificate of Death

Facts about Al Capone 9: Death

Capone’s mental health had continued to deteriorate due to neurosyphilis. In 1946, his physician and a Baltimore psychiatrist performed examinations and concluded Capone had the mental capability of a 12-year-old child.

Facts about Al Capone 10: Popular Culture

One of the most notorious American gangsters of the 20th century, Capone has been the subject of numerous articles, books, and films. Capone’s personality and character have been used in fiction as a model for crime lords and criminal masterminds ever since his death.

Al Capone's grave
Al Capone’s grave

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