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Al Scarface Capone was an American gangster of the prohibition era whose career illustrated the power and influence of organized crime in the United States Capone took the Italian criminal society and fashioned it into a modern American criminal enterprise There were a few major points in his existence that impacted him considerably starting with his childhood the beginning of his criminal empire and his peak when he became one of the most talked about criminals in America Al Capone was born on January 17 1899 to an immigrant family from the Naples region in Italy Haller 1 At the age of fourteen Al dropped out of school because his family background made it impossible to succeed He was discriminated against all his childhood As Joel Goldfarb put it he was embittered by the gap between the American dream and reality Goldfarb 1 Capone felt forced to turn to illegal activities and gangs to achieve success in what he saw as an unjust society He grew up in a rough neighborhood and became a member of two kid gangs the Brooklyn Rippers and the Forty Thieves Juniors Al Capone was introduced to the criminal world through a man named Johnny Torrio whom was the first modern fraudster Torrio owned an office nearby Als neighborhood and as a child Al would run errands in order to earn money Torrio became a mentor of Capone and showed him how cunning and intelligence rather than force could be used to make a fortune Al Capone Despite these teachings from Torrio Capone planned to earn his money legitimately as an adult rather than to pursue a criminal career Capone later held legal jobs in a Brooklyn munitions factory and then as a paper cutter At the age of fifteen Al met his future wife Mary Coughlin Mary was two years older than Capone and worked as a sales representative in a department store At the age of nineteen
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