Raffaele James Capone was a Chicago gangster in the prohibition era.
Raffaele "Ralph" Capone was born in Italy, the second son born to Gabriele and Teresa Raiola Capone. There were 8 children in the family, six boys and two girls. Raffaele came to the United States in the late 1890's with his mother and older brother. His father had come earlier, passing through Canada to eventually settle in New York City. Gabriele was a barber and Teresa was a home maker.
Raffaele "Americanized" his name to Ralph. He was the older brother to "Scarface" Al Capone and Frank Capone, mobsters in Chicago in the 1920's and 30's.
In September, 1915, Ralph married Filomena (Florence) Muscato. They had one son, Ralph Jr. in April, 1917.
According to the World War I draft registration card, filled out in June, 1917,Ralph worked as a paper cutter. He is described as being of medium height with a slender build, with brown eyes and dark hair. He listed himself as being the sole support of his family that consisted of a wife and one child.
The World War II draft registration card described him as being self employed when it was filled out in 1942. He is described as being almost 5'11" and weighing 210 pounds.
By 1919, Al had relocated to Chicago and was beginning his climb in the Chicago Mafia under the tutelage of Chicago boss John Torrio. After their father died in 1920, Al brought Ralph and many of the other Capone family members to Chicago, where several of the brothers became involved with "the Mob". Ralph left Florence in New York, but took their son with him. Ralph Jr. was raised by his grandmother, Teresa. Ralph divorced Florence in 1921. Ralph Jr. committed suicide in 1950.
On May 10 1928, Ralph married a second time to Velma Pheasant. They divorced in 1938 and had no children.
Ralph married a third time to Madeline Kozup in 1951 and she survived him. They also had no children. After Ralph's death, Madeline married Ralph's business associate, Serefeno "Suds" Morichetti.
Ralph's nickname was 'Bottles' because of his involvement in beverages. He came out to Chicago to assist Al Capone (his brother) with the bottling plants in the area during Prohibition. Although he primarily handled the non-alcohol beverages like ginger ale and soda water often used as mixers for alcoholic drinks for the 'Chicago Outfit' he was also involved with gambling, and other vice crimes. He was also manager of the Chicago Cotton Club.
In 1935, Ralph was convicted of income tax evasion. Then he served three years in Leavenworth. When he was released he moved to Wisconsin where he was the part owner of an hotel and tavern called the Rex Hotel. He lived in Wisconsin until his death of natural causes in 1974. He was cremated and his ashes buried in the family plot in 2008.
"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSFK-MBW : accessed 10 January 2017), Terresa Capone in household of Gabriele Capone, Borough of Brooklyn, Election District 7 New York City Ward 11, Kings, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 159, sheet 5A, family 96, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,050.
"United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KXYZ-PJ1 : 12 December 2014), Ralph J Capone, 1917-1918; citing New York City no 38, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,754,303.
"United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V1VG-3YF : 7 April 2016), Ralph J Capone, 1942; citing NARA microfilm publication M1936, M1937, M1939, M1951, M1962, M1964, M1986, M2090, and M2097 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
"Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MH-MYZ8 : 17 May 2016), Ralph J Capone in entry for Ralph Gabriel Capone, 09 Nov 1950; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, source reference , record number , Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm .
"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JPRR-D3F : 20 May 2014), Ralph Capone, Nov 1974; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
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"Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VVY3-STJ : 9 December 2014), Serafino A Morichetti and Madeleine M Capone, 14 May 1977; from "Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing Clark, Nevada, United States, County Book 512, p. B090955, archive film number 490134, Nevada State Health Division, Carson City, and Clark County Marriage Bureau, Las Vegas.
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