His parents, Gabriele Capone and Teresina Raiola, were immigrants from Italy. 
The official birth of Alphonse Gabriel Capone was on 17 Jan 1899 in Brooklyn, New York, USA.    However on the 1900 Census of Brooklyn, NY he was recorded with his family 2 years old and born in May 1898. 
|Al and his mother|
Al was a dissident from an early age and was kicked out of the Catholic schools.  Growing up, his mentor was Johnny Torrio, a gangster.   At the time of the draft for World War I, Al was working as a paper cutter for United Paper Box Co. in Brooklyn, NY . He was 5'7" tall, medium build, with grey eyes and dark brown hair. He hadn't yet acquired his legendary scar. 
Al Capone married on 30 Dec 1918 in New York to Mary Mae Josephine Coughlin.   Mae, an Irish gal, worked as a sales clerk in a neighborhood department store.  Their son, Albert "Sonny" Francis Capone, was born 04 Dec 1918. 
Supposedly Al's grand niece, Mae Coughlin was not Sonny's biological mother. Al had a relationship with a young woman who died in or shortly after childbirth, and Al's mother Theresa, "arranged" the marriage between Mae and Al, with the understanding that Mae would raise Sonny as her own.  Mae reportedly couldn't have children, so she agreed and raised and loved Sonny as her own.  The infant contracted syphilis from his mother, and dealt with the side effects his entire life.  
Wanting to go straight for his family's sake, he moved to Baltimore, Maryland with Mae and Sonny, and worked as a bookkeeper.  Following the death of his father, though, he answered Torrio's call and headed for Chicago, Illinois. 
Following their move to Illinois, Al lived with his wife Mae and son in a large home in Chicago Heights.  When Al's father died in 1923, the rest of his family moved to Chicago, Illinois to be closer and lived in a house provided by Al. 
|The Chicago Capone home|
He also owned Capone Estate at 93 Palm Island in Biscayne Bay near Miami, Florida which he had purchased in 1928. 
Al loved baseball and frequently attended games.
Al worked as a bartender at the Harvard Inn in New York City.  One night a man named Frank Gallucco came in with his sister and Al made an "unfavorable comment" about her.  Frank pulled out a pocket knife and slashed Al's face, leaving him with a permanent scar, four inches long across the left cheek, the origin of his nickname "Scarface". 
About 1921 Al moved to Chicago, Illinois to work for Johnny Torrio, a "gentleman gangster" with specific ideas and codes of honor concerning his business enterprises.   He was famous for being a numbers racketeer but did keep a good income from prostitution coming in on the side.  Al became the head of the "Chicago Outfit", a crime syndicate during the Prohibition era, focusing on illegal alcohol, following Torrio's retirement in 1925.  On the record, he stated he sold used furniture. 
Al Capone's plan to wipe out "Bugs" Moran went wrong at the St.Valentine's Day Massacre on 14 Feb 1929.   It brought too much attention to the gangster and gave Eliott Ness what he needed to finally nab Capone.   Eliott Ness was more than an aggravation to Capone, always busting up distilleries and stopping Capone's gang from making deliveries.  
|Al's Philadelphia Prison Cell|
Federal charges in June 1931 involved income tax evasion for which he was convicted.   There were twenty-two counts of tax evasion for a sum of over $2,000.  First sent to an Atlanta, Georgia Federal Prison, then after to California and the infamous Alcatraz Prison.   On 16 Nov 1939 Al Capone was released after having served seven years, six months and fifteen days, and having paid all fines and back taxes.   He returned to his villa in Miami, Florida to live with Mae and Sonny.  
Al Capone died on 25 Jan 1947 at his home in Miami, Florida of apoplexy and bronchopneumonia brought on by untreated syphilis.   He was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois    and reburied in March 1953 at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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