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Im leaving for St Petersburg Florida tomorrow Let the worthy citizens of Chicago get their liquor the best they can Im sick of the job Its a thankless one and full of griefIve been spending the best years of my life as a public benefactor Torricelli 85 As Capone himself accurately describes his job was seen as one of a benefactor whereby he produced a much-desired commodity withheld by the government Consequential to the institution of prohibition during the twenties the consummation of a marriage between crime lord and citizen occurred For the first major time during American history the average man and the criminal became co-conspirators against an overly oppressive government made manifest by the likes of Al Capone John Dillinger Baby Face Nelson Bonnie and Clyde and Pretty Boy Floyd These crime figures of the twenties were hoisted by society to iconic positions revealing a profound detachment between the citizenry and the government Only shortly after Alphonse Capone began his professional career society became and still remains entranced Upwards of fifteen motion pictures and video documentaries have been created about him His name and fame have appeared in excess books newspapers and magazines since the apex of his success in racketeering in Chicago However Capone entered one specific cathartic reclusion that acted as a springboard for social embracement After accidentally having a young prosecutor killed the public cried for Capones blood and he was forced into hiding during the summer months Here at the nadir of his career he began to think of himself as benefactor to the masses and an icon for Italian immigrants wishing to move up in status Therefore when Capone returned to the publics attention he surrendered to the police for the prosecutor case but conviction was prevented by a lack of evidence In order to purify the reputations of the Chicago-based gangsters Capone convened a meeting of the local crime bosses to petition them to refrain from killings
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