The Most Intriguing Al Capone Quotes
Alphonse Gabriel Capone was one of the most popular characters of the modern American criminal scene. He is also simply known as Al Capone.
Originally, he is Italian, but born and raised in New York. Also, in every record, he is noted as an American gangster and businessman active during the Prohibition era. At the time he was boss and co-founder of the Chicago Outfit. He acted as a crime boss for seven years.
Al was born on January 17, 1899, in an Italian family, in today’s area of New York. His father was a barber, while his mother was a seamstress. He was one of 9 children by Gabriele and Teresa Capone. They immigrated from Italy to Brooklyn and settled at 95 Navy Street. It seemed that they are on the path of having a steady and peaceful life. Al also seemed like a child that will achieve a lot. He showed interest in learning and he was a good student.
However, he showed problems with rules and authority in early age. Actually, he was expelled for hitting a female teacher in the face. He was only 14. Immediately, he started working small and, at first sight, uninterested jobs, including a bowling alley and a candy store. At the same time, he was strongly influenced by Johnny Torrio, the big gangster at the time.
Gangster: Al Capone
When he turned 20 years, he left to Chicago at the invitation of his gangster idol, Johnny Torrio. He started working at first as a bouncer in a brothel. At that time, he caught an infection – syphilis. He went from being a bouncer to a boxer promoter. Soon after, he become Torrio’s, right-hand man.
Al was drawn to gang wars and crime territories and he was involved in a number of direct encounters. In addition, he was highly involved in the liquor business. Torrio handed his control to Capone, 26 at the time. Since that moment he was the leading person for illegal breweries and a transportation network. In building his empire he used the political connection and was using a number of cruel and fatal methods when it had to deal with competition.
He was known for loving jewelry, custom and expensive suits, gourmet drink, and food, and at the top of it a female companionship. Whenever someone asked him about his business he would answer: “I am just a businessman, giving the people what they want”; and, “All I do is satisfy public demand.” Al Capone become a national celebrity overnight and person for people to talk about even today.
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At the time Capone was the king of gambling, prostitution, liquor and extortion rackets in the city of Chicago. He made his money from his business ventures. Also, his willingness to kill people is what brought him to the top. Until today we don’t know how many people exactly died from his hand or his command.
However, when it came down to it, the federal prosecutors who worked for years on building the case against Scarface could only pin charges of tax evasion on the gangster.
It wasn’t easy getting Capone. He was extremely careful with his work and he was smart enough to remove himself from any violent act so there couldn’t be any connections between him and his crimes.
But, everything does come to an end and Capone was not an exception. He was sent to Atlanta U.S. Penitentiary. At the time he was only 33 years old. Capone was diagnosed with syphilis and gonorrhea. With time his condition got worse. He was moved to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary off the coast of San Francisco where he spends his last years in prison confused, disoriented and diagnosed with neurosyphilis.
After Capone was released from prison he was treated for paresis (caused by late-stage syphilis). He spent his last years at his mansion in Palm Island, Florida, spending time with his wife and grandchildren. He had a stroke on January 21, 1947. He suffered a cardiac arrest on January 22, and on January 25, Capone died after his heart failed. His grave is in Illinois.
Capone lives even today thanks to the popular culture. His character is used in a number of fictional characters as a model for gangsters and mobs. His character was an inspiration for Mario Puzo’s characters, as well as for Trail’s novel Scarface, and a number of movies and other popular culture content.
Capone left behind a number of memorable quotes that are often related to general kindness.