One of the most notorious gangsters in the U.S. was born on January 17, 1899 in Brooklyn, New York. His birth name was Alphonse Gabriel Capone but he was known as Scarface, Public Enemy No. 1 and Al Capone. He started his criminal career by beating up a teacher in the sixth grade and quitting school. He joined the notorious James Street gang run by Johnny Torrio. Capone became fast friends with Lucky Luciano.
Capone was hired by Torrio as a bouncer at a brothel in Brooklyn. He was involved in a fight over a prostitute with Frank Galluccio in 1918. Gallucio knifed Capone's face and the nickname, Scarface, was the result. By 1919 Capone was suspected of two murders in New York. He moved to Chicago to work for Jim Colosimo. Capone was hired to "rub out" Colosimo and the result was gang wars in Chicago.
At the age of 26 Al Capone was in control of a crime organization with 1000 gunmen and a $300,000 a week payroll. He had al east half of Chicago's police department on his payroll and even Chicago city government and legislature was "in his picket." He terrorized voters into voting for his handpicked candidates. He claimed he owned Chicago.
In 1929 Capone massacred his rival George Moran or Bugs Moran gang. He also bet his bodyguards John Scalise and Albert Anselmi to death for allegations that they were engaged in plots to assassinate him.
Government authorities had tried to bin Capone down for year and they finally managed to do it by prosecuting him for income-tax evasions. He was found guilty at a trial and sentenced to 11 years in the federal penitentiary in Atlanta, George. He was transferred to Alcatraz in 1934. He was paroled in 1939 because of neurosyphilis. He lived his last years at his estate in Florida. His brain was totally destroyed by neurosyphilis. He was married to Mary Josephine Coughlin from December 1918 until his death on January 25, 1947. They had one child who did not follow in his father's footsteps.