Al Capone Essay

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Al Capone

Throughout America's history there have been many famous criminals, John Dillinger, John Gotti, Lucky Luciano, just to name a few. However, due to his extreme wealth and Godfather like status, the most notorious and famous one might have been Al Capone.

Alphonse Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 17, 1899 to immigrants from Naples, Italy. At a very young age, he became involved in organized crime by quitting school after sixth grade and joining a local neighborhood gang. There he met Johnny Torio, who would be his eventual mentor for the crime organization in the city of Chicago. Soon Capone really hit the big time in organized crime when he joined the famous Manhattan Five Points Gang and their leader
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As Capone said, "Prohibition is a business. All I do is supply a public demand. I do it in best and least harmful way I can" (Nelli 391).

After Torrio retired in around 1925, Capone became the new crime boss in Chicago, by gunning down his rivals and his competitors in the bootlegging operations. One of the most famous killings was the Saint Valentine's Massacre, in which Capone ordered the killing of fellow bootlegger, George "Bugs" Moran. Capone's men, dressed as policemen, entered the building where Moran ran his operation and killed seven of his men, excluding Moran. Again Capone was not tried, because of the lack of evidence of his involvement. By removing his rivals and expanding the business through the opening of horse and race tracks, breweries, distilleries, night clubs it was estimated that Capone's total wealth was $100,000,000 (Neli).

Because of a belief at the time that gambling earnings were not taxable income, Capone never filed an income tax return, which eventually led to his imprisonment. When IRS investigators found receipts with Capone's name on them and when his own tax lawyer sent the investigators a letter admitting to Capone's income, he was indicted for income tax evasion in 1931. After attempts to bribe the jury, the judge changed the jury and Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison and had to pay various fines ("Capone, Al). Capone served almost two years in an Atlanta federal prison, but

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