Alphonse “Scarface'; Capone
Alphonse Capone was born on January 17, 1899. He grew up in rough neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY where he would attend school only up to the sixth grade, when dropped out. Capone got his nickname “Scarface'; from a knife attack by the brother of a woman whom Capone had insulted. The attack left him with three scars across his face and a new nickname.
Capone joined his first gang when he became part of the James Street Gang, headed by the well-known Johnny Torrio. In 1920, upon the request of Torrio, Capone went to work for Johnny’s Uncle, Big Jim Colosimo. Colosimo was the head of the largest prostitution and gambling ring in Chicago.
After the murder of Colosimo, Torrio took over his uncle’s empire, but he was forced to retire after an attempt on his life. So Capone took over and by the time he was 26, he was managing more than a thousand employees, each one of whom he demanded full commitment and loyalty.
In 1929, Al Capone’s most famous escapade occurred and was to become known as the St. Valentines Day massacre. The event took place at the
bootlegging headquarters of George “Bugs'; Moran, Capone’s latest rival. Five police officers walked into the garage, lined up Moran’s men, and shot them dow...
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- ... Capone’s family lived a modest suburban home but would spend huge sums of money. The American public was fascinated by his lifestyle and wealth. The public also loved how he rose from nothing. “For some of the American public, Capone was a symbol of the Horatio Alger success story, a poor immigrant with an entrepreneurial spirit who pursued the American Dream” (U.S. v. Alphonse Capone). It was every American’s dream to be able to create a wealthy lifestyle for themselves. Capone came from a poor immigrant family and was able to rise the ranks.... [tags: gangster, gambler, street brutality]
739 words (2.1 pages)
- Al Capone ran many illegal businesses including bootlegging, gambling, prostitution, and murders. There were many gangs in the world of organized crime and Al Capone’s was at the top. Al Capone was the most infamous gangster in the 1920’s. Being a highly know and revered gangster was a big business. Money was made fast and very easily. Bootlegging alcohol was by far the most profitable in the 1920’s; this was because of the prohibition of alcohol. Gambling was another business that paid off; stations sanctioned for gambling were set up all over cities.... [tags: Al Capone Essay]
1052 words (3 pages)
- ... Capone helped to support his family by taking on a variety of odd jobs; such as a pin setter and cloth cutter, while maintaining a membership in the local Five Points Gang. Eventually Al Capone, whilst working for the Five Points Gang, grabs the attention of the notorious New York mobster, Frankie Yale. In 1917, Al Capone lands a job working as a bartender, waiter, and bouncer at Frankie’s Harvard Inn. Frankie Yale became a mentor of Al Capone, and he learned a lot from Yale on how to use fear as a method of leadership.... [tags: scarface, criminal, killer]
1490 words (4.3 pages)
- He may not be the president of the United States, the CEO of a company, or even the governor of Illinois, but Al Capone was without a doubt the leader of the Chicago area. A man of loyalty, brutality, and business, he wasn’t someone to recon with. In the 1920’s and still today, Al Capone is one of the most well known gangsters in history. He is known for his evasive way from the law, Alcatraz, and his brute honesty. Baptized as Alphonsus, which is Latin for the Italian Alfonso and English equivalent to Alphonse, was born to Gabriel and Theresa (Alphonse Capone).... [tags: St. Valentines Day Massacre]
1500 words (4.3 pages)
- Al Capone Throughout America's history there have been many famous criminals, John Dillinger, John Gotti, Lucky Luciano, just to name a few. However, due to his extreme wealth and Godfather like status, the most notorious and famous one might have been Al Capone. Alphonse Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 17, 1899 to immigrants from Naples, Italy. At a very young age, he became involved in organized crime by quitting school after sixth grade and joining a local neighborhood gang.... [tags: Criminal Crime Convict Al Capone Biography Essays]
680 words (1.9 pages)
- Alphonse "SCARFACE" Capone Born in New York City, in 1899, by parents Gabriel and Teresa Capone, Alphonse Capone was blessed with a historical blend of ruthless gangster in his blood. Al Capone's parents immigrated to the United States in 1893, from Naples, Italy. Al Capone came from a huge family. He was the fourth oldest of nine children. At birth, Capone's parents never would have believed that their son, Alphonse Capone, would grow up to be a murderous thug without remorse. As a child, Al Capone was very wise when it came to living on the streets of New York.... [tags: Biography]
1489 words (4.3 pages)
- ALPHONSE CAPONE a.k.a. AL, SCARFACE Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1899, of an immigrant family. He lived with his father Gabriele and Mother Teresa and his brothers and sisters. Al did quite well in school until the sixth grade when his steady record of B's deteriorated rapidly. At fourteen, he lost his temper at the teacher, she hit him and he hit her back. He was expelled and never went to school again. About this time, his family moved from their house on Navy Street to 21 Garfield Place. This move would have a lasting impact on Al because in this new neighborhood he would meet the people who would have the most influence on his future: his wife Mae and the gangster Johnny Torrio.... [tags: essays research papers]
1284 words (3.7 pages)
- “By Instinct Capone Was A Heartless Mindless Killer” Considered the most notorious gangster in history, Alphonse Capone, otherwise known as Scarface Al, was born in New York, 1899, in a small apartment in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Having many run-ins with the police growing up, he was always around the local street gang led my Johnny Torrio. After beating one of his sixth grade teachers, he quit school, and quickly learned the way of the streets, joining the Torrio gang, call the James Street Gang.... [tags: Biography]
1058 words (3 pages)
- Al Capone is one of America's most feared, greatest-known gangsters and the utmost symbol of the fail of law and order in the United States during the 1920’s Prohibition era. Alphonse Capone was born on January 17, 1899, in Naples, Italy. He and his family later immigrated to the United States. They settled in Brooklyn, New York (“Capone, Alphonse”). Al Capone was a ruthless, violent, horrifying gangster. He was very organized and set on his high income. In 1920’s and 1930’s, Capone was the most important leader of organized crime (Mayo).... [tags: Biography]
691 words (2 pages)
- At January 25 1919, the League of Nation was founded. It was an international organization founded after WWI with its constitution being approved by the Paris Peace Conference. The League's goals included disarmament, preventing war through collective security, settling disputes between countries through negotiation and diplomacy *blah blah blah* and so on. This topic will fit perfectly in what we are studying right now, I am not going to talk about it because it is really very boring. (trust me, I read though it) Besides, I found something else far more interesting then this.... [tags: essays research papers]
607 words (1.7 pages)