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A Short Biography of Al Capone

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Al Capone (Alphonse Gabriel Capone) was born in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S. on January 17, 1899. He was the son of Gabriele Capone and Teresina Capone, two Italian immigrants. Gabriele was a barber from Castellammare di Stabia, a small town about 24 km south of Naples, Italy while Teresina was a seamstress and from Angri, another small town in the province of Salerno, Italy. Al Capone had 7 brothers and sisters and he grew up in a poor neighborhood. His family was struggling to survive. Because of the financial and family problems, Al Capone dropped the school when he was 14 years old and he started to work all kind of weird jobs around Brooklyn. He was influenced by gangster Johnny Torrio, whom he came to regard as a m entor figure.

On December 1918, Al Capone married Mae Josephine Coughlin and they had a boy: Albert Francis Capone. Soon after that, Capone moved to Chicago (without his wife and soon). There, he helped his mentor Johnny Torrio to solve some "problems". Immediately, he saw many business opportunities in Chicago, bootlegging following the onset of prohibition.

During the prohibition, the Al Capone's empire grew stronger and more powerful and he self-titled: the ruler of Chicago.

Although he was never successfully convicted of racketeering charges, Capone's criminal career ended in 1931, when he was indicted and convicted by the federal government for income-tax evasion. On November 1939, he was released but his health condition was extremely bad. He spent a short time in a hospital, and then returned to his home in Palm Island, Florida. On January 21, 1947, Capone had an apoplectic stroke. He regained consciousness and started to improve but contracted pneumonia on January 24. He suffered a fatal cardiac arrest the next day.

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Tags: new york, 1899, empire

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 17 November '10

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