Al Capone

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Al Capone
Al Capone Signature.svg
Capone in 1931
BornAlphonse Gabriel Capone
(1899-01-17)January 17, 1899
Brooklyn, New York City, United States
DiedJanuary 25, 1947(1947-01-25) (aged 48)
Palm Island, Florida, United States
Charge(s)Tax evasion
Penalty11 year sentence in Alcatraz
OccupationGangster, bootlegger, criminal, racketeer, boss of Chicago Outfit
SpouseMae Capone
ChildrenAlbert Francis Capone

Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947) was an Italian-American gangster. He grew up in Brooklyn and moved to Chicago where he led a crime syndicate in the Prohibition-era that was known as the "Capones". The Capones were known for smuggling, bootlegging liquor and prostitution in Chicago, Illinois from around the 1920s until 1931. Capone's organized crime reign ended in 1931, when he was put on trial for federal income tax evasion. Found guilty, Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Capone was released from his sentence in 1939, suffering from an advanced case of syphilis. Capone died in 1947 after he suffered a stroke. He regained consciousness and caught pneumonia and later had a fatal cardiac arrest. On January 25, 1947 Al Capone died in his home, surrounded by his family.[1] Michael Jackson made a song called "Al Capone" for his 1987 album Bad. It was not put on the album. The song was released on the second disc of the 25th Anniversary re-release of Bad.

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  1. "Capone Dead At 48. Dry Era Gang Chief". New York Times. Associated Press. 2009-04-02. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-12. Al Capone, ex-Chicago gangster and prohibition era crime leader, died in his home here tonight.
  • 2.“Al Capone.” World of Criminal Justice. Gale, (2002). Biography in Context.Web. 10-June 2014

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Preceded by
Johnny Torrio
Chicago Outfit Boss
1925–1932
Succeeded by
Frank Nitti