Al Capone

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Al Capone



Alphonse Capone was born in New York City by two parents
Gabriel and Teresa Capone. Capone's parents immigrated to the United States in 1893 from Naples, Italy. Capone came
from a large family and was the fourth oldest of nine children. (Kobler 10). As a child, Capone was very wise when it
came to living on the streets of New York. He had a clever mind when it came to street smarts. As far as school goes,
Capone was a near-illiterate. He came from a poor neighborhood in Brooklyn, so education was not a top priority. At
about the age of eleven Capone became a member of a juvenile gang in his neighborhood. While this was taking place,
around the year 1900, about eleven percent of all the foreign born population in the United States were Italian. Capone
was forced to either deal with a miserable low wage job with a hopeless future or make an improvement for himself by
committing first minor, then serious crimes. Al Capone's philosophy was that laws only applied to people who had
enough money to live by them. While in the “Bim Booms” gang, Capone was taught how to defend himself with a knife,
and with a gun. By the time Capone reached the sixth grade he had already become a street brawler. Capone never
responded well to authority and for this very reason his schooling would soon come to an end. While attending school,
Capone was responsible for beating a female teacher and knocking her to the ground. The principal of the school rushed
in and punished young Capone and for this very reason he would never return to school again. (Sifakis 603) After
dropping out of school, Capone took up jobs such as working as a pin-setter at a bowling alley, and working behind the
counter at a candy store. Capone was terrific at pool, winning every eightball tournament held in Brooklyn. He also
became an expert knife fighter. Although the “Bim Booms” gang was the first gang Capone ever entered, he was quickly
picked up by the “Five Pointers”. The “Five Pointers” was the most powerful gang in New York city. The gang was
headed by Johnny Torrio, and was made up of over 1,500 thugs who specialized in burglary, extortion, robbery, assault,
and murder. While working as a strong arm enforcer under Torrio, Capone learned all the lethal tricks that would help
him get from rags to riches in no time at all. Capone was very grateful to Torrio. Torrio first set Capone out to do all of
his “dirty work”. Capone was sent to beat up loan shark victims behind on their payments, then a pimp, beating up girls
who were holding out on their nightly take. Torrio finally got Capone a job as a bouncer at the Harvard Inn. By this time
Capone was recognized by his gang as being a vicious fighter with both fists and knives. He also became an excellent
marksman with both a revolver and automatic weapons. This was due to many months of shooting empty bottles in the
basement of the Inn. Capone was later promoted to bartender at the Harvard Inn. At this time capone recieved the scar
which would give him his famous nickname, “Scarface”. It is really not known how Capone ended up with a scar that
extended four inches across his left cheek. Capone often lied about how he got the scar. On December 18, 1918, Capone
was married at the age of 19, to a 21 year old Irish girl named Mae Coughlin. A short time later Albert Francis Capone
was born to the couple. At the same time this was going on, in New York, Johnny Torrio moved his operations to
Chicago. Torrio's prospects in New York looked low because Capone was charged for two murders. He was released
when a witness lost her memory, and evidence suddenly vanished from the court. Al Capone knew that he had Torrio to
thank for this. A few days later, Capone got into a fight with another man and killed him. Rather than being charged
again, Capone called Torrio and received an invitation to move to Chicago. (Nash 604) As Capone arrived in Chicago,
Capone was given a job as a bouncer at Torrio's newest club, The Four Deuces. Capone was known as an aggressive
man, hospitalizing most of the drunks he evicted. Men were hospitalized with broken arms, broken legs, and skull
fractures. Capone was repeatedly arrested for assault, but was always released thanks to Torrio's police connection

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