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Capone, Alphonse (1899–1947)

AL CAPONE IS PERHAPS the most well-known and important figure in the history of organized crime. Also known as Big Al and Scarface, little is known about his youth, other than he grew up in a rough neighborhood and was a member of two youth gangs, the Brooklyn Rippers and the Forty Thieves Juniors. He became part of the notorious Five Points gang in Manhattan, New York City, and worked in gangster Frankie Yale's Brooklyn speakeasy, the Harvard Inn, as a bouncer and bartender. While working at the inn, Capone received his infamous facial scars and the resulting nickname Scarface when he insulted a patron and was attacked by her brother.

Although Capone ordered dozens of murders and even killed with his own hands, he often ...

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