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A Life of Crime Catches Up With Al Capone

A Life of Crime Catches Up With Al Capone | Chicago Tribune | Scoop.it

On 12/5/28 Al Capone had announced his plans to flee Chicago. Although he was living in riches and had servants waiting him 24 hours out of the day, he was fed up with his life style and the people surrounding him. Al Capone also had desires to move on from the risky business of smuggling illegal substances throughout the city day in and day out. "Let the worthy citizens of Chicago get their liquor the best way they can. I'm sick of the job. It's a thankless one full of greef." He also went on to say, "I violate the prohibition law, sure. Who doesn't? The only difference is I take more chances than the man who drinks a cocktail before dinner. But he's just as much as a violator as I am."- pgs. 208 and 209. Many people suppect it was the media attention that really got to Capone and chased him away, others think it was the greed of the alcohol consumers.

 

After his move to Florida, the feds searched for any way they could possibly put him behind bars, and it turned out that way was through a tax evasion. Yes, the great Al Capone who didn't spend a minute behind bars for any prohibition violating or gang related crimes was sentenced to 11 years in jail for not paying his taxes. Capone bounced around several jails, most notably at the new Alcatraz facility off the coast of San Francisco. While in jail, Capone lost all the power he had before in the streets and now controlled nothing.

 

His terrible condition of neurosyphilis weakened his immune system. Once his senence was over he had pneumonia and a stroke, which further weakened him. He officially died of cardiac arrest in his home in Palm Island, Florida. 

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Crime Floods Chicago Streets After Volstead Act

Crime Floods Chicago Streets After Volstead Act | Chicago Tribune | Scoop.it

The Volstead Act was passed with intentions of keeping the people pure, healthy, and safe. The citizens of Chicago might start to question this reasoning. Are they really safer after this act, or has it just encouraged organized crime. 

 

"Just 58 minutes after it was enacted the first violation occured. Six masked men overtook a truck in a railroad switching yard. They bandished revolvers, bound and gaged watchmen, locked six engineers in a shed, broke into two freight cars and stole an estimated $100,000 dollars worth of whiskey that was branded for medicinal use. Within the hour another Chicago gang stole four barrels of alcohol from a warehouse, while a third gang hijacked a truck loaded with whiskey." -pg. 68 

 

How could we not anticipate how much money would be flowing through the underground streets because of this illigalization. "Never has a fairer prospect of profit beckoned me." claimed Johnny Torrio an extremely powerful Chicago gangster when asked about the Volstead Act. - pg.69. 

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Al Capone Rises to the Top of Chicago

Al Capone Rises to the Top of Chicago | Chicago Tribune | Scoop.it

Today Al Capone can relax and look out onto the streets of Chicago from his six floor suite located in the luxurious Lexington hotel located in the heart of the city. After the creator of the Chicago Crime Commision Frank Loesch had the priveledge of vistiting him in his headquarters he was quoted as saying, "It didn't take me long to realize that Al Capone ran every aspect of the city." -pg 13. The people, other gangs, the illegal liquor, and most importantly the police. Al Capone has even been quoted boasting "I own the police." -pg 13. 

 

Although he only sits in about a 5'1 frame he is powerful weighing in the 200's with a scared face he knows how to get his point across quite well. Al Capone is worth muli-million dollars and has shown no signs of stopping. Everyday his power extends further throughout the city. 

 

There has never been so much respect for sombebody who has commited so many crimes. He has been credited witht the title of the Robin Hood of our generation delivering a desired product to those who could not otherwise obtain it, alcohol

 

At the same time Al Capone is a rutheless man, who essentially kills anyone who is in his path or disagrees with him. So is Capone a villain or local hero?

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Volstead Act Passes, An Era of Prohibition in America Begins

Volstead Act Passes, An Era of Prohibition in America Begins | Chicago Tribune | Scoop.it

1/15/20

 

At 12:01 in the morning the bill was passed  and the production, transport, and sale of anything alcoholic became illegal and supplemental to federal discipline. This event has been presented as a victory for public morals and health. There is no question that alcoholism is a problem in America today, but is it this big of one? The question that many Chicagoans are asking is, is this really going to stop me from getting my hands on some whiskey? Or will crime simply skyrocket in an effort to supply the people with their wants. It has been suspected that religious groups from all realms of Christianity have played a role in the passing of this bill. Womens Christian unions have argued that this will reduce the amount of abuse from husbands due to too much alcohol consumption. 

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