Alphonse Gabriel Capone
"I got nothing against the honest cop on the beat. You just have them transferred someplace where they can't do you any harm. But don't ever talk to me about the honor of police captains or judges. If they couldn't be bought they wouldn't have the job."
– Al Capone
By: Chris Gurney
Unit 3 Project Part 1
Alphonse Gabriel Capone, better known as “Al” Capone was born into a prejudiced America. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 17, 1899. He was the fourth of nine children of Gabriel and Teresa Capone who were Italian immigrants that came to America from Naples, Italy, six years earlier. (http://www.biography.com/people/al-capone-9237536, 2014) Growing up as an Italian, Al Capone carried the stereotypical image of being a lazy, stupid criminal. He grew up in crowded, disease-ridden neighborhoods with little opportunity. Although he was proud to be an American, he showed resentment toward his discriminators with a passion. He began to lose interest in school by the time he was in 6th grade due to being held back, and quit after he started a physical fight with his teacher. By that time, he had developed into a heavy, muscular thug, whose fiery temper seemed to get the best of him. Not being a very rational person, but rather resentment, he used his fists often to negotiate when he felt threatened which notably caught the attention of his first gang. A very hard-nosed gang on the tough Lower East Side of Manhattan, Al Capone was just 14 years old. (http://www.biography.com/people/al-capone-9237536, 2014)
It was then that Capone met the gangster Johnny Torrio which would prove to be the greatest influence on the future would-be gangland boss. Torrio taught Capone the importance of maintaining a respectable front, while running a racketeering business. In 1917, 18-year-old Al Capone went to work for a brutal New York mobster, Frankie Yale at the Harvard Inn in Brooklyn as a bartender, a waiter, and a bouncer...