AL Capone January 17, 1899 - January 25, 1947


Young Al Capone

Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born in Brooklyn New York in 1899. His parents were Gabriel and Teresina Capone, both born in Angri, Italy. Capone had 8 siblings in which their names were: Vincenzo Capone, Raffaele Capone, Salvatore Capone, Umberto Capon, Matthew Capone, Rose Capone, Frank Capone and Mafalda Capone.

Al Capone affiliated with gangs at a young age such as the Junior Forty Thieves, and the Brooklyn Rippers. when he was a tad bit older he joined the powerful Five Points Gang.


At the age of 14 he was expelled from school for hitting the teacher after she hit him. After this incident, he never went to school again. He then moved to a new house and also a new neighborhood which forever had a huge impact on Capone forever. He met 2 people that forever changed his life and his ways. Johnny Torrio and Lucky Luciano. All three of them were apart of the same gangs and did devious things together at a young age all the way until death.
Fun Fact: In 1917, Capone’s face was slashed during a fight at the Harvard Inn, after he insulted a female patron and her brother retaliated, leaving him with three horrific scars on his face.


Al Capone married his wife Mae Coughlin at her family's church in Carroll Gardens on December 18, 1918, shortly after she gave birth to their first child. After the marriage, Frankie Yale sent Capone to Chicago to go and "cool off." Al Capone did no "cooling off" in fact this would lead to be the impetus for one of the most notorious crime careers in modern American history, The Valentines Day Massacre.

Al Capone soon moves to Chicago but only after months of living there, his father dies which only added more "insanity" to Al Capone. Then 4 years later, Al Capone found that his brother, Frank Capone was killed by police.

In 1924, one of Al Capone's greatest triumphs was when he took over the government of Cicero's town government in 1924. Cicero gangster Myles O'Donnell and his brother William "Klondike" O'Donnell fought with Capone over their home turf. The war resulted in over 200 deaths, including that of the infamous "Hanging Prosecutor" Bill McSwiggins.


In 1925, Al Capone became the boss of the Chicago Outfit but soon after he was arrested in 1926 for killing three people but, released the next day due to insufficient evidence that connected him to the murders. By 1929 he was arrested again and spent his first time in prison for possessing a gun on him. He served his sentence

When he got out of jail, Elliot Ness started investigating in Capone's business.

Al Capone's is notorious for the killing of 7 dead men on Valentine's Day known as the Valentine's Day Massacre then becoming Chicago's public enemy.


In 1931, Capone was sent to prison for 11 years for indicated income tax evasion. After serving almost a year at a regular prison, he was sent to the Atlanta U.S. Penitentiary. After 2 years at the Atlanta U.S. Penitentiary, he was transferred to Alcatraz. During his time at Alcatraz, Al Capone started to show symptoms and signs of Syphilis.

Al Capone Mug Shot


After serving his 11 years of imprisonment, he was sent to the Federal Correctional Institution in California in January of 1939. By November of 1939, he was paroled from prison.

He returned to his home in Palm Island where the rest of his life he relaxed. On January 21, 1947, he had an apoplectic stoke that was probably unrelated to his syphilis. He regained consciousness and began to improve until pneumonia set in on January 24. On January 25, 1947, he died of Cardiac Arrest.

Capone was first buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chicago's far South Side between the graves of his father, Gabriele, and brother, Frank.
Photos of Al Capone in Alcatraz, his fingerprints, records, and his room.

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