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Al Capone, The Most Notorious Gangster In The History Of Organized Crime, Who Ruled Prohibition-Time Chicago With The Terror Of His Gangland's Tommy Guns, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD! (Color, 1996, 48 Minutes.)
Al Capone, American mobster, crime boss, gangster and businessman (January 17, 1899 - January 25, 1947) was born Alphonse Gabriel Capone in Brooklyn, New York. Sometimes known by the nickname Scarface, he attained fame during the Prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit, also known as the Outfit, the Chicago Mafia, the Chicago Mob, or The Organization, an Italian-American organized crime syndicate based in Chicago, Illinois which dates back to the 1910s and made its money from bootlegging, gambling, prostitution, extortion and corruption. His seven-year reign as crime boss ended when he was 33 years old. He reveled in attention, such as the cheers from spectators when he appeared at ball games. He made donations to various charities and was viewed by many to be a "modern-day Robin Hood". However, the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre of gang rivals, resulting in the killing of seven men in broad daylight, damaged Chicago's image - as well as Capone's - leading influential citizens to demand governmental action and newspapers to dub him "Public Enemy No. 1". The federal authorities became intent on jailing Capone, and they prosecuted him for tax evasion in 1931, a federal crime and a novel strategy during the era. During the highly publicized case, the judge admitted as evidence Capone's admissions of his income and unpaid taxes during prior (and ultimately abortive) negotiations to pay the government any back taxes he owed. Capone was convicted and sentenced to 11 years in federal prison. After conviction, he replaced his old defense team with experts in tax law, and his grounds for appeal were strengthened by a Supreme Court ruling, but his appeal ultimately failed. He was already showing signs of syphilitic dementia early in his sentence, and he became increasingly debilitated before being released after eight years. On January 25, 1947, Capone died of cardiac arrest in the hospital of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary after suffering a stroke.