Alphonse Gabriel Capone
America's Most Notorious Gangster
Al Capone's Personal Background and Life
After moving from Brooklyn, he worked for Big Jim Colosimo with Johnny Torrio. He worked as a bouncer, bag man and enforcer. In 1920, when Colosimo was killed, many thought that Capone and Torrio were behind the murder, as they had been next in line for the power of the gang. Both had alibis, and there were no other suspects, so the case went cold.
Throughout his life, Capone never left crime.... (This was getting too long).
Issues and Ideas
He also had many ideas. One of them was to constantly mock the police. For three months, he went into hiding. Later he came back out and gave himself up to the police. But because they had no evidence to hold him, they had to let him. It was a huge public ordeal and made a huge showcase out of the police. Despite having a violent aura, he was actually a very kind and cool tempered man.
Some Pictures of Capone
Capone's Mug Shot
Why is he smiling?
Capone's marriage to Mae Coughlin
He's not smiling here....
Capone with Son at Baseball Game
Son is to the left of Capone.
Point of View
Capone thought that he was above the law and the government. He thought he could avoid jail or punishment for crimes by killing off all witnesses to the crime and having his men do all the dirty work. One famous quote by him is “You can get much farther with a kind word and gun, than you can with a kind word alone.” He believed that threats were the solutions to get what you wanted. Though he wasn’t wrong, it still wasn’t a good method.
What impact did this person have on society?
Al Capone was very impactful, if in only a negative way. Because he rose to his prime when the Prohibition had taken place, there were many organized crimes he could take part of. Capone worked in brothels, speakeasies and gambling dens. If anyone ever threatened to testify against him, when there was enough evidence for the conviction, Capone’s men would kill them and silence them forever. He affected many people by allowing them to indulge themselves with illegal pleasures, which included prostitution and alcohol. He also exploited people, with gambling dens. They would stop at nothing to get the money that was owed to them.
In total, Capone killed 34 people. Most of the reason these people were killed were because they dared to against Capone. Starting a rival gang, being in a rival gang, testifying against him or even not paying your debt. There's another quote by him that makes him seem a little bipolar. "Don't mistake my kindness for weakness. I am kind to everyone, but when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you're going to remember about me." He only retaliated when necessary.