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Life of Al Capone


Al Capone was born in 1899 in Brooklyn, New York. His real name is Alphonce Gabriel Capone (Don, W. 1956). In school, he was a good student but had to drop out at 5th grade due to his failure to heed the stern rules of the school. According to Notorious Criminal Files, Al Capone was expelled after beating a teacher in school. After his expulsion, Al Capone worked at blue collar jobs in Brooklyn. It was at this time and place that he met the man he would later regard as his role model; Johnny Torrio.

Al Capone got married to his girlfriend, Josephine Coughlin after their first son; Albert Francis Capone was born in 1918. Both Al Capone and his wife were under age (Luciano, J.L. 2003). With the help of Johnny Torrio, Al Capone moved to Chicago where he worked as a brothel bouncer, a move that saw her contract syphilis. He made himself famous on the media by branding himself as a boxer promoter. Having succeeded in gaining fame, he vied for the town council seat which he won via bribery and afterwards moved to Cicero for security reasons. The following few days saw an upsurge of violence beginning with Al Capone’s driver who was murdered in cold blood to other innocent people.

Al Capone formed a political alliance with the Republican William Hale Thompson and in April 1928, he targeted Thompson’s opponent’s supporters and killed many civilians. As a result of the series of violence that revolved around Al Capone, a series of trials were conducted against him. This led to his imprisonment at the Atlanta U.S Penitentiary at the age of 33. It was at this place that he was discovered to be suffering from not only Syphilis but also Gonorrhoea band withdrawal symptoms from Cocaine addiction. He was later transferred to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary where his ailments were seen to affect his mental ability.

On completion of his sentence at Alcatraz in 1939, Al Capone was transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution in California for contempt of court. He was later released from prison and sent to John Hopkins Hospital due to his deteriorating health but the Hospital rejected him due to his bad reputation regarding terrorism. He was however admitted in the Union Memorial Hospital. He later succumbed to pneumonia and cardiac arrest in 1947, in the presence of his family members. Alphonce, aka Al Capone was buried at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Illinois.