The first mobster job of Al Capone was a crackdown on racketeering in Chicago that involved moving operations to Cicero. His brothers, Frank and Ralph, assisted him in infiltrating the police and the government departments. They took leading positions between them within Cicero city government in addition to running gambling clubs, brothels, and racetracks. Al Capone kidnapped the election workers of the opponents and threatened the voters with violence. Capone’s brother, Frank was shot dead in a shootout with several of Chicago's plain clothed police officers.
A minor thug in a bar assaulted Al Capone’s friend and fellow hood, but Al Capone tracked down the assailant and shot him dead in a bar. Besides, Capone got away with the …show more content…
His new-found status made him move his headquarters to the luxurious Metropole Hotel that acted as part of his personal crusade of increasing visibility and the court celebrity as well. This included being seen at places like the opera and fraternizing with the press. Capone always avoided publicity and dressed smartly like a respectable businessperson and pillar of the community.
The next mission of Capone involved bootlegging whiskey. The old friend of Al by the name of Frankie Yale in New York helped him in smuggling massive quantities into Chicago. As a result of these events, the Adonis Club Massacre occurred where the enemies of Yale and Capone were attacked brutally during a Christmas party.
The bootlegging of whiskey by Capone to Chicago from New York started making him rich, but an incident that involved Billy McSwiggin proved a major setback for the unassailable gangster. The henchmen of Capone shot and killed McSwiggin by mistake during a shootout between rivals that occurred outside a bar. Although Capone was blamed for the incident, no evidence could warrant his arrest. However, there was a big outcry after the murder against the violence of the gangster and public sentiment went against …show more content…
Valentine’s Day Massacre by ordering the federal government to step up its efforts in getting Capone on income tax evasion. In 1927, the Supreme Court made a ruling that the income generated by illegal activities was taxable, giving the government a strong case it would use in the arrest of Capone. On June 5, 1931, the U.S. government succeeded in indicating that Capone had a total of 22 counts of income-tax evasion (Capone, 50).
Capone was still confident that he would get off with a minimal sentence and struck a plea-deal in return for a two-and-a-half-year sentence despite the fact that the government had substantial evidence against him. However, the judge in the case made a declaration that he would not honor the agreement, making Capone withdraw his guilty plea quickly. As a result, the case went to trial where Capone used the best weapon in his arsenal; he bribed and intimidated all of the jury members. However, the judge switched to an entirely new jury at the last minute. Al Capone was found guilty, leading to an 11-year