Get Capone: the Rise and Fall of America’s Most Wanted Gangster

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Get Capone: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Wanted Gangster Al Capone. Everyone is bound to hear the name at least once in his or her life. The charming, broad smile, the greenish gray eyes, heavy set, and five foot ten and a half; a seemingly normal man. Until someone notices the scars. A faded purple, still fresh looking, Al Capone’s scars marred the normal face, they gave a glance into the life of the notorious gangster. But who was Mr. Alphonse “Scarface” Capone? One reporter comments, “… Here is a man [Capone] who is an enigmatic, a man who nobody knows, not even his closest intimates.’” (Eig 198) What did the public think of “Scarface”? Katherine Geroud said, "It is not because Capone is different that he takes the imagination; …show more content…
The Prohibition law banned the consumption and manufacturing of alcohol. Bootlegging was the act of smuggling alcohol to different places and customers. “Bootlegging offered a kind of dignity.” (Eig 9) With the help of the death of “Big Jim” Colosimo, Torrio became Chicago’s top gangster. By buying pieces of all sorts of businesses, illegal of course, Torrio and Capone soon controlled businesses all over Chicago, some being breweries. “Under the rules of Prohibition, brewers were still allowed to produce near beer, which contained only a minute concentration of alcohol… beer without alcohol was about as marketable as candy without sugar.” (Eig 12-13) The illegal alcohol sold for more than fifty dollars a barrel with a profit of at least fifteen dollars. One freight car full was worth about $250,000 and that was just the profit! “History would remember them as warriors battling for the fat profits of Prohibition and the press would make them objects of affection. But when they set out in the bootlegging trade in the early 1920s, they were simply hoodlums.” (Eig 15) With the gangsters on the move towards the earnings from bootlegging, America was watching, all with baited breath. Competition in the bootlegging and gang business was fierce, and if you weren’t strong enough to survive, you were quickly and efficiently disposed of, thus the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre occurred. “…Inside a humdrum garage at 2122 North Clark Street, an

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