Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Al Capone

Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947) was an Italian-American gangster who led a Prohibition-era crime syndicate in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931.

Bootlegging, smuggling and prostitution made Capone millions.
Capone was widely seen as the man responsible for ordering the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, when seven rival gang members were executed in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on Chicago's North Side in 1929.

The victims were executed in a garage at 2122 North Clark Street. (then SMC Cartage Co.)

Capone's mug shot in 1933

Weapons used in Saint Valentine's Day Massacre
Capone was convicted on federal charges of tax evasion, and sentenced to federal prison. His term included time at the then-new Alcatraz federal prison.

In the final years of Capone's life, he suffered mental and physical deterioration due to late-stage neurosyphilis, which he had contracted in his youth. On January 25, 1947, he died from cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke.

Al Capone en route to prison in 1931

Prisoner #85: Al Capone's booking mugshot at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary