Criminal Justice Level 2
December 20, 2012
Criminal Justice Notorious Criminal research/essay project: Al Capone
Al “scarface” Capone was born in Brooklyn, where his parents had emigrated from Italy. Speaking Italian at home and English on the streets, Capone learned about crime at an early age. Capone’s full name was “Alphonse Gabriel Capone”. Capone attended school through the sixth grade, at which point he beat up his teacher one day and was himself beaten by the school's principal afterward. Like many other American children at the time, Capone was taught that the main purpose of life was to acquire wealth and that the United States was the land of opportunity. He discovered that prejudice (unfair treatment) based on his ethnic background made it difficult to succeed in school and that others looked down on the children of immigrants and members of the working class. Angered by the gap between the American dream and his own reality, Capone began to engage in criminal activities as a way of achieving success in what he saw as an unjust society. He often ran with area gangs, committing petty thievery and making a name for himself in the neighborhood. By the age of fourteen, he was out of school and working by day in a bowling alley and by night as a bartender and bouncer under Frankie Yale, a notorious crime lord and mob leader.
The young and ambitious Capone wanted to climb rank and committed two murders for his gang in the New York area. He was then transferred to Chicago upon Frankie Yale’s recommendation. He soon married and had one child. It would be in Chicago where Capone would have a taste of true power as a second-hand man to Johnny Torio. Capone was put in charge of all the prostitution rings and underground casinos in the area. During the time of prohibition, Al Capone controlled the underground distribution of alcohol to his clientele. One of Capone’s major enemies was Bugs Moran, who headed the northern sections of Chicago a rich...