Al Capone Essay

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Al Capone The most notorious gangster of all time, known as Al Capone, was the most powerful mob leader of his era. From the 1920’s until around 1931 Capone was the kingpin of almost all organized crime throughout Chicago. Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York to a pair of Italian immigrants. In his early 20’s, he moved himself to Chicago to reap the benefits of smuggling illegal alcohol into this city. This was done at the time when prohibition was at its highest. During the 1920’s, “Al joined the James Street Gang, a tough street gang of teenagers and kids run by Johnny Torrio who would himself become a founder member of the Chicago Mob(1). Capone was then asked to work with Torrio’s uncle who was a major part of the cities prostitution and gambling rings. At that time, Al Capone was America's best known gangster because of his disobedience to laws during the prohibition era as well as his top role in illegal activities. The majority of Capone’s initial network can be credited to Torrio’s business. After the shooting of Torrio’s uncle, Capone and Torrio took of the business of began the selling of illegal alcohol in the city of Chicago. This was a turning point for Capone as the demand for this was at its highest point and selling the products came quite easy. Within 2 years, Capone was earning $60 million a year from alcohol sales alone. Capone was obtaining much of his liquor from major cities within the US. With this unlawful, but successful act, Capone was becoming one of the richest and most powerful men in the US. “When Torrio was shot by rival gang members and consequently decided to leave Chicago, Capone inherited the "outfit" and became boss” (2). Now at the age of 26, Capone was at the top of the ladder. He employed more than 1,000 employees, to include bodyguards and hit men. This mass employment was said to cost approximately $300,000 a week.

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