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Alphonse “Al” Capone was an American-born Italian gangster who held great fascination for the American public. His crime syndicate controlled Chicago's alcohol, gambling, protection, and racketeering activities during the 1920s and 1930s. At his peak, Capone was estimated to have taken in extraordinary amounts of money for the time, often in excess of $105,000 per year. The excessive wealth and lavish expenditures helped bring about a guilty verdict in Capone's tax evasion trial in 1931.

With good behavior and work credits, Capone served 6 years and 5 months of his 11-year sentence. He spent the final year being treated in the medical section of the prison after the syphilis he'd contracted as a young man moved into the tertiary stage.

Al Capone died at the age of ...

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