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Al Capone Takes on Chicago

WARNING:  THIS VIDEO CLIP CONTAINS HISTORIC FOOTAGE OF AL CAPONE AND INCLUDES INTERVIEWS (AND COMMENTARY) REGARDING HIS CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.  SOME OF THE CONTENT IS UNSUITABLE FOR VIEWING BY CHILDREN.  PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

Gabriel Capone died in 1920.  With his father gone, Al decided that his mother (and other family members) should live with him and Mae in their South Chicago home. 

As bootlegging money continued to flow, Johnny Torrio insisted that demand for liquor in Chicago was big enough for all the gangsters to share in its profits.  He brokered a peace agreement between the various underworld elements.  Twenty-three-year-old Capone watched, and learned, as Torrio ran the business.

The federal government estimates that Capone's organization was taking-in around $120 million a year from the sale of illegal liquor and other rackets.  It was an all-cash business which included, among others, Chicago police officers who provided protection.

Violence was part of the scene when alcohol was outlawed.  About 700 people were killed in Chicago, in Prohibition-related crimes.  One of those people was Capone's brother, Frank.  The loss of his sibling had a profound effect on Al. 

Cicero, a Chicago suburb, soon became part of Capone's Prohibition-age territory.  Running his operations from the Hawthorne Hotel, he and Torrio had a hand in 160 gambling establishments and 123 saloons - just in Cicero!

People like Robert St. John - editor of the Cicero Tribune - were alarmed at what was happening to their city.  Unafraid of criticizing Capone and his "Outfit," St. John wrote scathing newspaper columns. 

Capone's men - including his brother, Ralph - retaliated, attacking St. John.  Among other weapons, they used a cake of soap, wrapped in a knitted woolen sock, which could become deadly if expertly flung against the base of a human skull. 

Unbelievably, Al Capone personally paid St. John's hospital bill.  It turns out ... Capone had an interest in St. John's newspaper.

This clip, from "Al Capone - Scarface," a 1995 documentary, includes historic film footage and interviews with people who knew Al Capone.  It is narrated by John Mahoney.

See, also: 

Al Capone - The Early Years

Al Capone - Head of "The Outfit"

Al Capone - The Final Years


Media Credits

Clip from the documentary, "Al Capone - Scarface" (1995), an episode of  the A&E "Biography" series.  Online, courtesy A&E and YouTube.  Copyright, A&E, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the documentary.

Narrator:
John Mahoney

Writer:
Judy Cole

 

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