Al Capone, born Alphonse Capone, was one of the most if not the most notorious gangsters in the history of the United States. He was well known for smuggling alcohol into the states during the prohibition in which alcohol was banned. Al Capone quickly became a “celebrity” among the people in Chicago where he ran his operation.
Alphonse Capone was born on January 17, 1899 in Brooklyn New York to two Italian immigrants. Even when he was young he never did like following the rules and he hated authority figures, while in school he beat one of his female teachers and after getting yelled at by his principle he quit school. So Capone joined a gang led by Johnny Torrio and Lucky Luciano .December 1918, Capone killed a man in an argument. Instead of facing the charges, he called his old friend Torrio, who was now in Chicago. Capone moved to Chicago. (The New Encyclopedia Britannica, 833)
Capone brought his rough style of dealing with people to Chicago. He worked as a bartender at Torrio's club, he broke the arms, legs, and even skulls of those he evicted from the club. But Torrio did not bring Capone to Chicago to beat up drunks. As Torrio's right hand man, he got a job killing "Big Jim" Colosimo, who ran Chicago's underground. After the passing of prohibition Torrio was constantly trying to get Colosimo to make underground drinking establishments. Tired of hearing no, he had him killed by Capone on May 11, 1920. (MysteryNet.com) Torrio became boss of Chicago, and Capone became the manager of alcohol for the city.
Al Capone became head of the Chicago mafia after Torrio was wounded in an assassination attempt and stepped down from the head spot in 1925. (Thompson-Gale,33) Throughout his reign he ran the streets of Chicago with his mob. When his mob was at its height, Capone had city aldermen, mayors, legislators, governors, congressmen, and over half the Chicago police force on his payroll. (The New Encyclopedia Britannica, 833)...
Bibliography: Thompson-Gale, Tom Pendergast and Sara Pendergast, editors. 2003
The New Encyclopedia Britannica, Volume 2. Jacob E. Safra, Chairman of the Board, Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc
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