Al Capone

By: Jake Eidson

Al Capone's Life

Alphonse Capone was born on January 17 1899 in Boston. His Family moved to the United States from Naples in Italy.As a teenager, Al Capone started his life of crime. Al Capone quit school at the age of 14, and began to work at a bowling alley. He was part of many gangs like the Junior Forty Thieves, but then joined the Five Points Gang. He met Johnny Torrio, who was a very powerful gangster at the time, became Capone's mentor. At age 20, Al Capone left for Chicago to start a bigger life of crime.

The desire for crime, much like in New York, was with him in Chicago. He became very involved with paparazzi and the news, and the people called him scare face. He hated it. Through his speakeasies, prostitutes, bootlegging and gambling, Al Capone's empire made about 100 million dollars every year. During the great depression he helped by setting up soup kitchens and caring for the poor.Al Capone Married Mae Capone on December 30, 1918 at age 18. His son was born 3 weeks later, his name is Albert Francis Capone.

Capone roughly killed 4 people himself, but ordered hundreds of hits and assassination in his life time. His most famous assassination is the St. Valentine Day Massacre. He attacked Bugs Moran's gang in a warehouse by using disguised hit man as police to raid the building. They went in and killed all the men, but Bugs Moran lived. Al Capone was arrested for tax evasion in 1931 and served seven and a half years. He moved to his mansion in Florida and died on January 25, 1947 due to a stroke.

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Movie Questions

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Al Capone's Impact on History

He showed us that laws will not stop people from doing things that are morally wrong. Just because there are rules, people will not follow them.