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Al Capone

Gangster Al Capone

Full Name: Alphonse Capone
Profession: Gangster

United States of America

Biography: Capone moved to Chicago from New York in the 1920s and dominated the illegal trade in bootlegging, smuggling and prostitution until he was convicted in 1931 of tax evasion.

Settling himself up as a "Robin Hood" figure he had a high public profile and reputation.

It was his alleged participation in the 1929 Saint Valentine's Day gang killings however that eventually turned public opinion against him.

Born: January 17, 1899
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: January 25, 1947 (aged 48)
Cause of Death: An apoplectic stroke complicated by pneumonia after suffering from late-stage syphilis

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Married Life

  • 1918-12-30 Gangster Al Capone (19) marries Mae Josephine Coughlin, mother of his child

Historical Events

  • 1926-09-20 Bugs Moran attempts to assassinate Al Capone in a drive-by shooting but fails
  • 1929-02-14 St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone's orders
  • 1930-06-09 Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle is killed during rush hour at the Illinois Central train station by the Leo Vincent Brothers, allegedly over a $100,000 USD gambling debt owed to Al Capone.
  • 1931-06-12 Al Capone is indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition and perjury
  • 1931-10-17 Gangster Al Capone is convicted on five of the 23 counts of tax evasion against him, later fined $50,000 and sentenced to 11 years in jail
  • 1931-10-18 American gangster Al Capone convicted of tax evasion
  • 1931-10-24 Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion
  • 1932-05-04 Al Capone enters Atlanta Penitentiary convicted of income tax evasion
  • 1939-11-16 Al Capone freed from Alcatraz jail
  • 1986-04-21 Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone's vault on live TV and finds nothing, except great ratings for his spectacle

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