What Did Al Capone Do During Prohibition

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The mafia during the prohibition consisted of many members but only a few had a big role in it. One of the most important members in the Italian mafia was Al Capone. Al Capone was born of an immigrant family in Brooklyn, New York in 1899. He grew up in a rough neighborhood and although he was a bright kid, he quit school after the sixth grade. Between scams Al Capone would work as a clerk in the candy store, a pinboy in a bowling alley, and a cutter in a book bindery. He became part of the Five Points gang in Manhattan and worked in gangster Frankie Yale's Brooklyn dive, as a bouncer and bartender. While working there, Capone received his infamous facial scars and the resulting nickname "Scarface" when he insulted a patron and was attacked …show more content…

In addition, he murdered two men in New York however he was not punished due to the gangland etiquette that no one admitted to hearing or seeing a thing. After that, Capone moved to Chicago to work for Yale’s old mentor John Torrio and he then became an influential lieutenant in the Colosimo mob. Torrio, with time, became a main member in the mob and Capone gained experience being Torrio’s strong right arm. But then, things started to change to the better for Capone when Torrio was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt which forced him to retire. Capone became the boss and built a fearsome reputation in the ruthless gang rivalries of the period. He quickly proved that he was even better at organization than Torrio by expanding the city's vice industry between 1925 and 1930. Capone controlled almost everything from nightclubs to gambling houses to horse and race tracks and had an income of almost $100,000,000 a year. Since Al Capone was under the spotlight at that time, many attempts on his life was made but all were unsuccessful due to his extensive spy network in Chicago, from newspaper boys to policemen, so that any plots were quickly …show more content…

Another powerful member in the mafia was Johnny Torrio. Torrio was born in a village near Naples and was brought to New York by his widowed mother when he was around the age of two. As Torrio grew older he became the leader of the James Street boys. In a later stage of his life, Torrio became a rackets boss in Brooklyn when engaging in activities that involved extortion before moving to Chicago to expand a mob called the Colosimo where he worked with his friend Al Capone and together they expanded into big-time bootlegging, illegal manufacture, sale, and transport of alcohol, and gambling casinos of the Prohibition era. But suddenly things started getting worse for Torrio when he was shot by a rival gang and due to his injury he was forced to retire. This is when Al Capone took his position. Torrio then moved back to New York where he invested in in real estate and helped create a bootlegging combine, becoming a close associate of Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and other

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