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Alphonse Scarface Capone BACKGROUND INFORMATION Alphonse Capone was born on January 17 1899 He grew up in rough neighborhood in Brooklyn NY where he would attend school only up to the sixth grade when dropped out Capone got his nickname Scarface from a knife attack by the brother of a woman whom Capone had insulted The attack left him with three scars across his face and a new nickname Capone joined his first gang when he became part of the James Street Gang headed by the well-known Johnny Torrio In 1920 upon the request of Torrio Capone went to work for Johnnys Uncle Big Jim Colosimo Colosimo was the head of the largest prostitution and gambling ring in Chicago After the murder of Colosimo Torrio took over his uncles empire but he was forced to retire after an attempt on his life So Capone took over and by the time he was 26 he was managing more than a thousand employees each one of whom he demanded full commitment and loyalty In 1929 Al Capones most famous escapade occurred and was to become known as the St Valentines Day massacre The event took place at the bootlegging headquarters of George Bugs Moran Capones latest rival Five police officers walked into the garage lined up Morans men and shot them down While these men appeared to be police officers all five were really some of Capones hitmen Capone was able time and time again to avoid criminal charges and became a true racketeer an art of its own Ironically the government finally was able to put Scarface behind bars on charges of federal income tax evasion He was sentenced to eleven years in prison Eleven years that couldnt even be saved by the four million-dollar bribe offered by Capones attorneys In 1934 Capone was transferred to Alcatraz and in 1939 he was paroled Suffering from syphilis that had begun to drive him
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