Alphonse Gabriel Capone is one of the most prominent and notorious gangsters of the last century in the United States history. Making a life of crime Al Capone was a known hustler, bootlegger, gangster, and even a tax evader. In this term paper I will talk about the many facets of his life, show what category of criminal theory that I believe he falls under, and why I have this belief.
Popularly known as Al Capone or Scarface, he was born on January 17th, 1899 in Brooklyn, New York. His parents, Gabriele Capone and his wife Teresina Raiola were two Italian immigrants. Al Capone was born into a large family, for today’s standards, having eight brothers and sisters. From the beginning Capone never responded very well to the local authorities. Even as an elementary student in his sixth grade year, he beat a female teacher, but had left after the incident because his principal chastised him. Knowing he would have to go through life with a number of low paying jobs; Capone became a member of two different gangs, The Brooklyn Rippers and The Forty Thieves Juniors. Between his small scams he worked as a clerk in a candy store, a pin boy in a bowling alley, and a cutter in a book bindery. While a part of the Five Points gang in the Manhattan area, Capone worked for a gangster by the name of Frankie Yale. While working in Yale’s seedy Brooklyn bar, the Harvard Inn, Capone received the well known facial scars from Frank Gallucio, a patron’s brother, because he insulted her. Eventually Capone forgave Gallucio and he hired him at a later time in his life as a bodyguard.
In 1918 Capone was introduced to Mae Josephine Coughlin, an Irish girl, at a dance. They were married and had their son, Albert Francis “Sonny” Capone, in December of that same year. The young couple kept a residence in Brooklyn before moving themselves to the Long Island area to be closer to his work.
Capone’s first arrest was for a disorderly conduct charge while working for Yale. He was...