Essay on Al Capone

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Al Capone is one of America's most feared, greatest-known gangsters and the utmost symbol of the fail of law and order in the United States during the 1920’s Prohibition era. Alphonse Capone was born on January 17, 1899, in Naples, Italy. He and his family later immigrated to the United States. They settled in Brooklyn, New York (“Capone, Alphonse”). Al Capone was a ruthless, violent, horrifying gangster. He was very organized and set on his high income. In 1920’s and 1930’s, Capone was the most important leader of organized crime (Mayo).
After settling in Brooklyn, New York in fourth grade he became a part of the Five Point Gang. Johnny Torrio was also a member of this gang. In the late 1920’s, Torrio moved to Chicago while Capone
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This is when Capone got four of his men to set up in a garage at 2122 N. Clark Street, which was the main liquor position for George Moran’s North Side gang. Capone had two of his men to dress as police, as though it was a police raid. The gang members then dropped their guns, turned around, and put their hands on the wall. Capone’s men used two shotguns and two machine guns and fired more than 150 bullets into the victims. Six of the seven victims were members of Moran’s gang. This confrontation was known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (“Gangsters”).
In 1931, Capone was charged with income tax evasion from the years 1925-1929. He also failed to file his taxes the years of 1928 and 1929, which resulted in a misdemeanor charge. Capone owed $215,080.48 to the government for his gambling income. He was also charged with conspiracy to violate Prohibition laws from 1922-1931. Capone pleads guilty to all three charges. Judge James H. Wilkerson was not giving Capone any deals. He was found guilty on eighteen of the twenty-three charges. Capone was sentenced to ten years in federal prison and one year in a county jail. While in the Atlanta federal prisons, Capone took over. He had obtained special privileges such as, furnishing his cell with typewriter, mirror, rugs, and encyclopedias. He was later sent to Alcatraz, which meant no more controlling people or getting special privileges (“Gangsters”).
While in prison, Capone showed symptoms of syphilitic

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