The Rise of the “ Original Gangster”. Presentation by Allison Price. No More Alcohol!?. At midnight, January 16, 1920, the United States went dry. Breweries, distilleries, and saloons were forced to close their doors.
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The Rise of the “Original Gangster”
Presentation by Allison Price
At midnight, January 16, 1920, the United States went dry. Breweries, distilleries, and saloons were forced to close their doors.
Mafia Leader, Crime Lord, Murderer, Intelligent businessman, bootlegger, bookkeeper, prison inmate in Atlanta and Alcatraz
Italian gangs, Jewish gangs and Irish gangs.
They were not the vicious urban street gangs of today, but rather groups of territorial neighborhood boys who hung out together.
Capone belonged to the South Brooklyn Rippers and then later to the Forty Thieves Juniors and the Five Point Juniors.
He worked faithfully at exceptionally boring jobs, first at ammunitions factory and then as a paper cutter.
He was a good boy, well behaved and sociable.
How did the soft-
spoken dutiful Al Capone
metamorphose into the spectacularly successful and violent super gangster?
* With a wife and child, Al moved to Baltimore, MD
*Quite suddenly, Al did another about face when his father died November 14, 1920, of heart disease at the age of fifty-five.
*This event could be marked as the end of Capone's legitimate career.
Capone and McGurn were both very far away when this took place. Their men thought they saw Bugs Moran and got ready.
The assassination squad got into their police uniforms and drove over to the garage in their stolen police car.
The bootleggers, caught in the act, did what they were told: they lined up against the wall obediently.
The four assassins took the bootleggers' guns, and opened fire with two machine guns, a sawed-off shotgun and a .45. The men slumped to the floor dead, except for Frank Gusenberg who was still breathing.
Anyone who watched this show believed that two bootleggers in trench coats had been arrested by two policemen. The four assassins left in the stolen police car.
It was a brilliant plan and it was brilliantly executed except for one small detail
Soon, real policemen came to the garage and saw Frank Gusenberg, on the floor, dying from twenty-two bullet wounds.
The police could never pin the crime on Capone or McGurn
Slowly, methodically, he struck again and again
He moved to the next man and then to the third.
Get the Gun
- Illegal Bootlegging
Facing a possible 34 years in jail
Capone's lawyers presented U.S. Attorney Johnson with a deal- Plead guilty, for a relatively light sentence.
They accepted the deal and agreed to recommend a sentence between 2 and 5 years.
Judge Wilkerson did not have to agree to the deal that the lawyers made.
The deal was off and he could withdrawal the guilty plea and a trial was scheduled for October 6
He was living "like a king."
He clearly lived better than the rest of the prisoners.
He secreted several thousand dollars in cash.
Everything was censored
No newspapers were allowed; magazines had to be more than seven months old. The only source of news was new arrivals.
Limited ablity to write
Only immediate family could visit
For his remaining years, Al slowly deteriorated in the quiet splendor of his Palm Island palace. Mae stuck by him until January 25, 1947 when he died of cardiac arrest at age 48