He and his friends joined the market gang, where they specialized in theft and robbery for the black market. They later became sluggers for the Chicago Tribune but then switched to Chicago Examiner, where they would beat newsstand owners who did not sell their newspaper. O’Banion was arrested a few times between 1909 and 1911 but those were the only times he would ever spend time in jail. He then worked as a waiter at McGovern’s Liberty Inn, where he would sing at night while his friends would steal from customers’ coat pockets in the coatroom. O’Banion also drugged his customer’s drinks so that when they would leave the club drunk, he and his friends could rob them.
Al Capone The prohibition era was the time of a lot of great mobsters in American history. Al Capone and Johnny Torrio were two of the most important gangsters to make an impact on organized crime in America. The most influential, however, was Al Capone. Al Capone had an influence on organized crime in the 1920’s by taking over Johnny Torrio’s gang, the St. Valentine’s Days Massacre, and by building a criminal empire in Chicago before dying of Syphilis. This symbolic crime figure began his days in Brooklyn, New York where he was born to poor Italian immigrants on January 17, 1899.
Staples sees himself as a young educated black man staples states he was "one of the good ol boys” being only in a few fist fights. Staples grew up in Chester, Pennsylvania, Staples describes a childhood that was filled with gang violence and people getting murdered. Staple says many of his family or friends are dead or in prison. Staples has made some changes to make people feel a little more at ease when he is around. Staples whistles classical tunes and avoids walking at night time.
He met Charles Luciano when they were just schoolboys. Luciano demanded protection money from Lansky, and when he refused to pay, the two boys fought. Impressed by Lansky's toughness, Luciano befriended the younger boy and the two remained lifelong friends. Lansky also met Bugsy Siegel when he was a teenager, and the three formed a powerful partnership. Lansky and Siegel formed the Bug and Meyer Mob, which became Murder, Inc. Lansky's primary order of business was money and gambling, and he had operations in Florida, Cuba and New Orleans.
Michael Franzese was one of the most successful captains in the Columbo crime family. A major influence in his turning towards life in the mafia was his father, Sonny Franzese. One of the most powerful captains in his day, Michael’s father was constantly badgered by police stake-outs and insinuating news reports. It wasn’t long before Michael learned of La Cosa Nostra, as well as the role his family played in it. Michael tells in his book, how in the late sixties, his father got indicted by the federal government.
Al Capone; the Greatest Mobster Al Capone was born on January 7, 1899 in Brooklyn, New York, United states and died on January 25, 1947 in Palm Island, Miami Beach, Florida United States. Al Capone was always a promising student when growing up, but never respected any rules, finally when he was 14 he got expelled for hitting his teacher in the face. Al worked a few jobs afterwards like working in bowling allies, until he was influenced by a gangster named John Torrio, who then became his mentor. When he was 19 he married a girl names Mae Josephine Coughlin on December 30, 1918. When had gotten married his parents had to consent for the marriage on paper since he was only 19 and not the legal age of 21; a month before his wedding Mae had a baby boy.
He has a closes circle of friends that are like a second family to him. The movie primarily revolves around Henry and two of his “wise guy friends”, Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito, played by Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci respectively. Tommy is a straight psychopath compared to Jimmy who is just doing his job. Tommy kills a “made” man for making fun of his shoe shining job in his younger days, and kills a bar boy for saying “F—k you” to him after Tommy was harassing him. Jimmy is veteran criminal who can’t become a “made” man due to his Irish heritage, something with whom he shares with Henry.
The side with Castellano’s underboss was more blue-collar, committing crimes of gambling, hijacking, and drugs. The side with Castellano involved with white-collar crime, which involved evading taxes and fraud. Castellano wanted to change the mafia image to businessmen who always got their way, from the band of ruthless killers they were once known as. The move to be more like businessmen did not work at all, and people like John Gotti, Sr. moved the family back. Castellano’s views only lasted for so long until fellow gangsters saw him as weak.
US History 11 6 October 2010 2nd block Alphonse Capone: The American Gangster Alphonse Capone, as known as "Al Capone" or "Scarface", is an American gangster during Prohibition, which was the time period (1920s) in the U.S. that alcohol was banned, but did not stop this bootlegger. This criminal had a rough, violent life since he was a boy all the way to his death. Al Capone was born on January 17, 1899, in Brooklyn, New York. The hard life started for him at such a young age, possibly from his surroundings and where he lived. He was a smart kid but ended up dropping out of his 6th grade year after violently attacking his female teacher.
He spends time in prison and involves himself in drug dealing. Eventually, Doughboy participates in gang-related violence and in the end is murdered by another gang. His mother favors his brother Ricky more, and doesn’t have a father figure to support him in a positive way. All of these factors show why Doughboy is the way he is. Ricky Baker was the maternal half-brother of Doughboy and all-star football player at Crenshaw High School.