America is the most powerful country in the world, but there was a time when there was a lot of crime in America. If we go into history and talk about the notorious criminals of America, then there will definitely be talk of Al Capone. Al Capone is counted among the biggest mafia in history. On this day i.e. on October 18, 1931, Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Let’s know how Al Capone became the world’s biggest mafia.
Between 1920 and 1933, there was a complete ban on the production, import and sale of any product of alcohol in the United Nations. Taking advantage of this opportunity, Al Capone made a mark in the world of crime. It was also around this time that several gangs, including Capone’s ‘Chicago Outfit’, became involved in the process of illegally smuggling alcohol into the country and establishing illegal establishments selling alcohol across the US.
Huge earnings from liquor smuggling
Smuggling alcohol and selling it illegally was undoubtedly a challenging operation, but Capone got involved in this work and earned up to $100,000,000 ($1,400,000,000 in 2018) in 1 year. Because of this, Capone went ahead in the world of crime one after the other. Let us know how Capone’s entry was made in the world of crime.
…when the school teacher was attacked
Capone was born in New York in 1899 to an Italian immigrant family. Capone’s education stopped at the age of 14, when he attacked one of his school teachers. After this incident, Capone joined the gang of Johnny Torrio, a dreaded street gang leader from Chicago. After joining the gang, Capone gradually won the trust of Johnny Torrio and carved a niche for himself in the gang.
How did Scarface get its name?
Capone became a member of the Five Points gang at age 16 and worked as a bartender at the Harvard Inn, the brothel-salon of Frankie Yale (Torrio’s ally). Before turning 21, Capone had been involved in many violent incidents. Seeingly, Capone had indulged in many illegal acts including alcohol, assault, brothel.
Capone was also called by many people by the name of Scarface. There is also a violent incident associated with Capone getting the name Scarface. In fact, one day at Harvard Inn, Capone had an argument with another crook, Frank Galucci. After which Galuccio attacked Capone’s left cheek with a knife. Capone had a scar on his face from this attack. After this incident, Capone became famous by the name of Scarface.
How did Capone become the biggest name in the world of crime?
In the year 1919, at the behest of Johnny Torrio, Capone reached Chicago and went ahead in the world of crime. During this time Johnny Torio used to work for crime boss “Big Jim” Colosimo. Big Jim ran hundreds of brothels and gambling rackets. During this time in Chicago, Capone also worked as a security guard in several brothels. During this time he got syphilis. Because of which he later died.
Many believe that Capone killed Colosimo at the behest of Torio. After this, Torio completely indulged in the illegal liquor business and Capone became Torio’s right hand.
At the age of 26, Capone began operating America’s largest and most powerful crime unit. Capone went on to increase his criminal network and organization by instilling fear among his competitors and law enforcement officers. Those who refused to support Capone had to pay a heavy price for it. One such gang found it difficult not to listen to Capone. Capone’s name was revealed in the horrific massacre of February 14, 1929. In this massacre, 7 people of the gang who had refused to cooperate with Capone were shot.
Al Capone had become such a big name in the world of crime that it was difficult even for the police and administration people to catch it. To avoid punishment for his dark exploits, Capone started bribing everyone. Capone’s list included the mayor, local police officers, and many other big names.
How Pie Robinhood Image?
Capone had become somewhat of a celebrity in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Even on March 24, 1930, his picture was printed on the cover of Time magazine.
Even after his dark exploits, Capone’s image of Robin Hook became common among the general public. During the Great Depression, Capone opened soup kitchens to the public in Chicago. After this, he became a Robin Hood image among the people. At the same time, the prohibition of alcohol in America was not liked by the people and many people used to express their gratitude for Capone’s liquor business.
How was the punishment done?
On the one hand, Capone was getting a good image among the public. At the same time, Capone’s name was being included in the headlines of some newspapers for the wrong reasons. Several newspapers blamed Capone for the February 14 massacre. At the same time, the FBI also started an investigation on Capone regarding tax evasion. Apart from this, cases were also registered against Capone in many other crimes.
On October 18, 1931, Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion. Investigators and lawyers did not have to prove that Capone ran a gambling, prostitution and bootlegging racket. He simply proved that Capone was involved in the act of tax evasion. After coming out of prison after 11 years, Capone spent a few years with his family in Florida. Here he died due to syphilis.