Tuesday, October 17, 2017

On This Day In History Al Capone, The Most Notorious Gangster In America, Went To Prison

As History.com notes, on this in history Al Capone went to prison.

On this day in 1931, gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion and fined $80,000, signaling the downfall of one of the most notorious criminals of the 1920s and 1930s.

Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1899 to Italian immigrants. He was expelled from school at 14, joined a gang and earned his nickname “Scarface” after being sliced across the cheek during a fight. By 1920, Capone had moved to Chicago, where he was soon helping to run crime boss Johnny Torrio’s illegal enterprises, which included alcohol-smuggling, gambling and prostitution. Torrio retired in 1925 after an attempt on his life and Capone, known for his cunning and brutality, was put in charge of the organization.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

You can also read my Crime Beat column on Al Capone via the below link:

And you can read my Washington Times review of Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero via the below link:

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