Many people view a gangster’s family as the largest violence influencers, Al Capone however was just not that case. His family was known to be respected, educated people from Italy. They moved in the 1890’s in the much more diverse and poverty struck Brooklyn, Chicago. Al Capone was born there in January 1899.
It was at age fourteen that Capone began displaying extreme behavior when he hit a female teacher at Church school. The largest influencer to violence for young Capone was when he began affiliating himself with Johnny Torrio, a gangster who became his “teacher” for his soon to be legendary gang life. Torrio showed him how to filter his violence and intense doings as a tool to create one of America’s most greatest gang empires of all time.
Capone started first with James Street Boys gang and eventually made his way into the Five Points gang. At this time was when he earned the name “ Scarface” after getting slashed along his left cheek by a hoodlum in a saloon. His reputation was growing fast but he stuck to a surprising stand against gun use in his illegal traffickings and underground brothel industries.
When the prohibitions really took place, he created a mass bootlegging industry and after his friend/teacher Torrio passed, he became responsible for all of his illegal works (nightclubs, whorehouse.gambling dens, breweries, and speakeasies). Investigators continually tried to jail him but with Capone’s luck, he was able to get away with invalid evidence. However, Capone finally was sent to Alcatraz in 1934 but only for tax evasion of 32,488.81 dollars. He was released after six and a half years for good behavior but slowly died on his Palm island Palace from tertiary syphilis (STDs).
Even though Al Capone died young, his legacy has yet to falter. Gangs all over America and even Italy still give him countless amounts of respect. No matter how you see Capone he still is and always will be a legend and a large influence of the alcohol rebellions during the Prohibition.