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Report By Adam MonteverdeAl Capone is Americas best known gangster and the single greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920s Prohibition era Capone had a leading role in the illegal activities that lent Chicago its reputation as a lawless city Capone was born on January 17 1899 in Brooklyn New York Baptized Alphonsus Capone he grew up in a rough neighborhood and was a member of two kid gangs the Brooklyn Rippers and the Forty Thieves Juniors Although he was bright Capone quit school in the sixth grade at age fourteen Between scams he was a clerk in a candy store a pinboy in a bowling alley and a cutter in a book bindery He became part of the notorious Five Points gang in Manhattan and worked in gangster Frankie Yales Brooklyn dive the Harvard Inn as a bouncer and bartender While working at the Inn Capone received his infamous facial scars and the resulting nickname Scarface when he insulted a patron and was attacked by her brother In 1918 Capone met an Irish girl named Mary Mae Coughlin at a dance On December 4 1918 Mae gave birth to their son Albert Sonny Francis Capone and Mae Capones first arrest was on a disorderly conduct charge while he was working for Yale He also murdered two men while in New York early testimony to his willingness to kill In accordance with gangland etiquette no one admitted to hearing or seeing a thing so Capone was never tried for the murders After Capone hospitalized a rival gang member Yale sent him to Chicago to wait until things cooled off Capone arrived in Chicago in 1919 and moved his family into a house at 7244 South Prairie Avenue Capone went to work for Yales old mentor John Torrio Torrio saw Capones potential his combination of physical strength and intelligence and encouraged him Soon Capone was helping
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