Alphonse Gabriel Capone or popularly known as Al Capone is also known by the nickname Scarface. In case you don’t know him, he was an American gangster who gained fame and fortune as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit, the Italian-American organized crime syndicate based in Chicago.
A quick background, Scarface was born in Brooklyn, New York City to Italian immigrants. He was recognized as a Five Points Gang member who became a bouncer in organized crime sites. In his early 20s, he moved to Chicago and became a bodyguard and trusted assistant for Johnny Torrio, head of a criminal syndicate that illegally supplied alcohol. A conflict with the North Side Gang contributed to Al Capone’s rise and fall.
Torrio was forced to retire after North Side shooters almost killed him, giving control to Scarface. Capone expanded the black-market business through more violent means, but his mutually profitable relationships with Mayor William Hale Thompson and the city’s police made Al Capone seemed safe from law enforcement. His seven-year reign as crime boss ended when he was just 33-years-old.
12. Running The Streets
With limited formal education, Al Capone put his combative and rebellious tendencies to good use and worked as a bouncer at the Harvard Inn! He also got his hands dirty and worked as a bartender for a few years.
11. His Nickname
Al Capone’s face was slashed during a fight at the Harvard Inn, and from then on, he became known as ‘Scarface.’ The media also baptized him the nickname and later on, it became the title of the classic movie franchise.
But Al Capone couldn’t stand the nickname ‘Scarface.’ So his criminal colleagues referred to the mob boss as the ‘Big Fellow,’ while friends often referred to him as ‘Snorky.’ A different name for each, to separate work and family.
10. Finding Love
Al Capone married Mae Coughlin when he was just 19-years-old! The young couple eloped just weeks after the birth of their first child, Albert Francis and close friend Johnny Torrio became Albert’s godfather.
Scarface wanted to do right for his family, and so he briefly moved to Baltimore to make an honest living as a bookkeeper for a construction company. Sadly, his father died of a heart attack, and it made him angry and hurt enough to go back to Chicago!
9. Smarter Criminal
Al Capone’s friend Johnny Torrio had strong ties with the government, so he used his influence to get Capone out of any legal trouble. Torrio also encouraged him to become a smarter criminal! Advice from his mentor.
The mob boss also became known for his reckless, unpredictable behavior and he was known to drink and drive, often crashing into other vehicles. But he was never punished for his behavior.