History: US criminal Al Capone convicted on Oct 17

History Review Writer

On this day, October 17, 1931, notorious American criminal Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion, signaling the downfall of one of the most notorious criminals of the 1920s and 1930s.

Ironically, recently, former US President Donald Trump has compared himself to Al Capone after being hit with a gag order, saying that he’s been indicted more times than the notorious Chicago mob boss.

He was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison and fined $50,000.

According to the history.com Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1899 to Italian immigrants. He was expelled from school at 14, joined a gang and earned his nickname “Scarface” after being sliced across the cheek during a fight.

By 1920, Capone had moved to Chicago, where he was soon helping to run crime boss Johnny Torrio’s illegal enterprises, which included alcohol-smuggling, gambling and prostitution.

Capone began serving his time at the US Penitentiary in Atlanta, but amid accusations that he was manipulating the system and receiving cushy treatment, he was transferred to the maximum-security lockup at Alcatraz Island, in California’s San Francisco Bay.

He got out early in 1939 for good behavior, after spending his final year in prison in a hospital, suffering from syphilis.

Plagued by health problems for the rest of his life, Capone died in 1947 at age 48 at his home on Palm Island, Florida.

 

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