Alphonse Gabriel Capone Summary

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Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born In Brooklyn New York to Gabriele Fitzgerald (December 12, 1864 – November 14, 1920) and his wife Teresina Raiola (December 28, 1867 – November 29, 1952) in Brooklyn, on January 17, 1899.[2] Gabriele was a barber from Castellammare di Stabia, a town about 15 miles (24 km) south of Naples, Italy. Teresina was a seamstress and the daughter of Angelo Raiola from Angri, a town in the province of Salerno in southwestern Italy.

Gabriele and Teresena had nine children: Vincenzo Capone (1892 – October 1, 1952), Raffaele Capone (January 12, 1894 – November 22, 1974), Salvatore Capone (January 1895 – April 1, 1924) Alphonse Gabriel Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947), Erminio Capone (born 1901, date of death unknown), Umberto Capone (1906 – June 1980), Matthew Capone (1908 – January 31, 1967), Rose Capone (born and died 1910) and Mafalda Capone (later Mrs. John J. Maritote, January 28, 1912 – March 25, 1988).

The Capone family emigrated to Canada for some time before returning in 1894 and settling at 95 Navy Street,[3] in the Navy Yard section of downtown Brooklyn, near the Barber Shop that employed Gabriele at 29 Park Avenue.[3] When Al was 14, the Capone family moved to 21 Garfield Place[3] in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Capone left school in the sixth-grade at age 14, after being expelled for punching a teacher at Public School 133. He then worked at odd jobs around Brooklyn, including in a candy store and a bowling alley.[4] During this time, Capone was influenced by gangster Johnny Torrio, whom he came to regard as a mentor figure.[5]

After his initial stint with small-time gangs, including The Junior Forty Thieves, Capone joined the Five Points Juniors, and then the notorious Five Points Gang. He was mentored by and employed as a bouncer by racketeer Frankie Yale.[6][7] It was in this field that Capone received the scars that gave him the nickname "Scarface";[8] he inadvertently insulted a woman while working the door at...
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