by Adam Wilson
BORN: January 17, 1899
BIRTH PLACE: Brooklyn, New
DIED: January 25, 1947
FAMILY: 1 of 9 children born to
his Italian immigrant parents
Capone dropped out of school at
the age of 12.
As a teenager, he was a member of
a gang that was controlled by the
mobster, Johnny Torrio.
He followed Torrio to Chicago in
He quickly rose to prominence
within the crime scene.
Torrio was wounded, and no longer
able to lead the gang.
Capone took over and, soon after,
the gang had control over Chicago’s
bootlegging and gambling.
infamous crime was
when he ordered the St.
Massacre, on Feb. 14, public enemy number one
1929, where members
of a rival gang were
murdered by Capone’s
gang, who pretended to
be police officers. 1928 bullet-proof Cadillac
Al Capone was
He was successfully
He was sentenced to
serve 11 years in
After serving seven and a half
years, Capone was released to a
hospital as a result of his poor
In his final years, he lived as a
virtual recluse in Florida with his
He died on January 25, 1947.
“You can get much further
with a kind word and a gun
than you can with a kind
Capon’s nickname, 'SCARFACE',
was the result of a fight which left
him scarred on the left side of his
Capone’s business card said he was
a used furniture dealer.