Essay about Al Capone

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His name was Alphonse Capone. His background, along with thousands of other Italians, the Capone family moved to Brooklyn. It was a new beginning in a New World. The Capone’s were a quiet and peaceful family. Nothing about the Capone family was disturbed, violent, or dishonest. The children and the parents were close. They really enjoyed baseball and were often at games. There was no mental disabilities, no traumatic event that sent the boys into the dangerous life of crime. They did not display sociopath or psychotic personalities; they were not crazy. They were a law-abiding, unremarkable Italian-American family with conventional patterns of behavior and frustrations. They displayed no special genius for crime. Family Parents-Gabriele…show more content…
Introduction to Crime-A few blocks away from the Capone house on Garfield Place was a small unobtrusive building that was the headquarters of one of the most successful gangsters on the East Coast. Johnny Torrio was a new breed of gangster, a pioneer in the development of a modern criminal enterprise. Torrio's administrative and organizational talents transformed crude racketeering into a kind of corporate structure, allowing his businesses to expand as opportunities emerged. Torrio was a role model for many of the boys in the community. Capone, like many other boys his age, earned pocket money by running errands for Johnny Torrio. Over time, Torrio came to trust Al and gave him more to do. Meantime, young Al learned by observing the wealthy, successful, respected racketeer and the people in his organization. Despite Al's relationship with the street gangs and Johnny Torrio, there was no indication that Al would choose to lead a life of crime. He still lived at home and did what he as expected to do when he quit school; go to work and help support the family. Al Capone learned invaluable lessons from Torrio that were the foundation of the criminal empire he built later in Chicago. Wife-At the age of nineteen, Al met a pretty blond Irish girl named Mae Coughlin, who was two years older than he was. Her family was comfortable and solidly middle class. It's hard to imagine that Mae's family embraced her

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