Al Capone - Short Essay

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Al Capone was born in Brooklyn on January 17, 1899, fourth of seven sons and two daughters. His parents, Gabriel and Theresa, had immigrated to the United States six years before from Castellammare di Stabia, sixteen miles from Naples, Italy. He died of cardiac arrest at his estate on Palm Island, Florida, just eight days after his 48th birthday. He was born in boroughs of New York. He became involved in gangs at a very young age after being expelled from school. Later on in life, Capone left his wife and son, who joined him shortly after, to go to Chicago. Al Capone was born Alphonse Gabriel Capone. He was married to Mae Capone and had a son, Albert Francis Capone. Al got his nickname “Scarface” from a cut that goes ear to mouth. One day, while working at the Harvard Inn, Al sees this pretty woman and tries to hit on her. The lady’s brother got up and sucker punched Al in the face. Al didn’t let it stop there, he fought back. The brother then pulled out a knife and slashed him in the face three times. This incident left Al Capone with the nick name “Scarface”, which was a nickname that he seemed to not like at all. Al Capone also had other nicknames. His friends called him “Snorky” and “Big Fellow”, which were nicknames he was okay with, unlike the nickname “Scarface”, which he hated so much. Chicago is where he really made a name for himself. He first started working for crime boss Johnny Torrio. He started off as a manager at the Four Deuces and gained Torrio’s respect. Soon Torrio had increasingly important jobs for Capone and by 1922 Capone had risen up the ranks in Torrio's organization. Capone established speakeasies, brothels, and gambling joints. Capone also worked hard to get all the important city officials on his payroll. It didn't take long for Capone to "own" Cicero. One night, Torrio was brutally attacked outside of his home, he nearly died that night. Torrio decided to retire and hand his entire organization over to Capone in...
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