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Al Capone - The Final Years

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.

Although most of Capone's competition eventually gave-up (or were shot dead), Bugs Moran was still causing "Big Al" a great deal of trouble.  As a result, Capone devised a plan to get rid of Moran, too.

On the morning of St. Valentine's Day, 1929, Bugs Morgan was late for a meeting at his warehouse.  Waiting for a shipment of whiskey, his men were already there.

When a group of men - ostensibly police officers - arrived at the warehouse, Moran's men thought they would be arrested for violating Prohibition.  Facing the wall, with their hands in the air, they expected to be arrested.  Instead, they were killed in cold blood.  The visitors were not police officers, after all. 

Moran survived the disaster, because he'd been late for the meeting.  He pointed the finger at Capone, but Al had a solid alibi.  At the time of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, he'd been in Florida, conferring with the District Attorney. 

As the tide of public opinion turned against him, following the attack on Moran's men, Big Al decided the place (and safest) place for him was jail.  While in Philadelphia, he and some of his men were arrested for carrying concealed weapons.  Capone got his wish - to stay out of Chicago for awhile - although he hadn't planned on a one-year sentence.

The Federal government also turned its sights on Capone.  While he was in a Philadelphia jail, several of his top aides were arrested and convicted - all on income tax charges. 

Released from jail, Capone returned to Chicago in March of 1930.  He now had another name, bestowed upon him by Chicago's Crime Commission. 

Called "Public Enemy Number 1," Capone fought back.  Among other things, he opened a soup kitchen to help the hordes of Chicagoans suffering from the Great Depression.  His kitchen fed about 3,000 people a day.

Although Elliott Ness and the Untouchables have always had a high profile in the story of Capone's demise, the reality is that IRS agents - not FBI agents - were responsible for his fall.  With painstaking care, they meticulously searched the ledgers of Bil Al's bookkeepers. 

Although Capone had placed assets in the names of family members, the IRS agents - after five years of work - finally found a money trail which lead from the ledgers back to Capone.  It was enough evidence to get an indictment against him.

Capone tried to plea-bargain, but that didn't work.  Then he bribed the jury, but the Judge switched jurors at the last minute.  Capone received a harsh sentence - of eleven years - much of which was spent at Alcatraz.

Years of hard living finally caught up with Al.  Suffering the effects of Syphilis, he was finally released from prison in November of 1939.  He returned to his Florida home in March of 1940. 

At the age of 48, Capone died of a heart attack on January 25, 1947.  His body was returned to Chicago, for burial. 

Both his wife, Mae, and his only child, Sonny, survived him.  Mae died in 1986, at the age of 89.  Sonny, who had four children, died in 2004 at the age of 85.

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 - Takes on Chicago


Al Capone - Head of "The Outfit"

 


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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