Life And Legend 2 The Life And Legend Of Al

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Life and Legend 2 The Life and Legend of Al Capone Alphonse Capone, the son of an Italian - American family was leader of the Chicago Mafia during the 1920's, and a key figure in the distribution of alcohol during the prohibition years. Contrary to Capone's positive and nurturing upbringing he chose a life of crime under the influence of the accomplished gangster Johnny Torrio. Al Capone's defiant attitude towards authority resulted in him becoming one of America's most infamous figures of crime.Alphonse (Al) Capone's father Gabriel Capone brought his family from Naples, Italy to New York in 1894. Gabriel brought his family over when he was thirty-seven years old and his wife was twenty-seven. They brought along with them two kids, Vincenzo and Raffaele. When Gabriel came over to New York he wanted to open up a barbershop, near Brooklyn where the family settled. In 1895 Gabriel and his wife Teresa celebrated the birth of their son Salvatore. Four years later they had their son Alphonse Capone, not knowing he was destined to become one of America's most notorious gangsters. Capone was raised in a quiet and peaceful family environment. Capone's father preferred verbal punishment instead of physical discipline. There was no tragedy or any violence that would have sent Capone into a life of crime. (www.crimelibrary.com/capone/caponemain.htm). When Gabriel opened up his barbershop the Capone family had to move to a new location that was more convenient or the store. This move introduced Capone to a variety of cultural backgrounds. These cultural influences would later contribute to his Life and Legend 3 role in crime. Due to the prejudice American schools imposed on European kids, Capone was not encouraged to excel in his academics. (www.crimelibrary.com/capone/caponemain.htm).Capone's first encounters with violence took place when he was eleven, he joined a gang who introduced him to stealing and fighting. He joined a gang called the 'Forty-thieves Juniors.' (Stockdale, 1998). At the age of fourteen Capone got mad at his teacher, the teacher hit him so he hit her back. Capone got expelled and never went to school again. (www.crimelibrary.com/capone/caponemain.htm). In the new area where Capone moved he was introduced to his mentor Johnny Torrio. Capone started off running small errands for Johnny Torrio and doing this Capone made some cash. Capone impressed Torrio so he started to give Capone more jobs. Capone was referred to Frankie Yale by Johnny Torrio to work at Frankie's bar as bartender and bouncer. The bar that Frankie owned was called the Harvard Inn. At the early age of 16 Capone was helping Yale to control his gambling, prostitution, extortion, and protection rackets. (Stockdale, 1998). It was at the Harvard Inn where Capone received the nickname he hated, Scarface.Capone was waiting on a table at the Harvard Inn, and he spotted a woman he thought was very attractive. He walked over to the woman, not knowing she...

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