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ALPHONSE CAPONE aka AL SCARFACE Born in Brooklyn New York in 1899 of an immigrant family He lived with his father Gabriele and Mother Teresa and his brothers and sisters Al did quite well in school until the sixth grade when his steady record of Bs deteriorated rapidly At fourteen he lost his temper at the teacher she hit him and he hit her back He was expelled and never went to school again About this time his family moved from their house on Navy Street to 21 Garfield Place This move would have a lasting impact on Al because in this new neighborhood he would meet the people who would have the most influence on his future his wife Mae and the gangster Johnny Torrio A few blocks away from the Capone house on Garfield Place was a small unobtrusive building that was the headquarters of one of the most successful gangsters on the East Coast Johnny Torrio was a new breed of gangster a pioneer in the development of a modern criminal enterprise He was a role model for many boys in the community Capone like many other boys his age earned pocket money by running errands for Johnny Torrio Over time Torrio came to trust the young Capone and gave him more to do Meantime young Al learned by observing the wealthy successful respected racketeer and the people in his organization In 1909 Torrio moved to Chicago and young Al fell under other influences At this point in his life nobody would ever have believed that Al would go on to be the criminal czar that he ultimately became For approximately six years he worked faithfully at exceptionally boring jobs first at a munitions factory and then as a paper cutter Eventually he met a guy named Frankie Yale He opened up a bar called Harvard Inn And he hired Al
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