Saturday, August 11, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 1934

Rained a little today. Daddy went over to Troost Lake. Tomorrow is Ford Day at Fairyland.

On August 11, 1934,
Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947)

On August 11, 1934, Capone was transferred from Atlanta U.S.
Penitentiary to the newly established Alcatraz prison in San Francisco
to finish serving his 11-year sentence for income tax evasion. The warden kept tight security and cut off Capone’s contact with colleagues.

Capone ran The Chicago Outfit, dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor, and other illegal activities such as prostitution, in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931. Despite his illegitimate occupation, Capone became a highly visible public figure. He made various charitable endeavors using the money he made from his activities, and was viewed by many to be a “modern-day Robin Hood”. Capone was publicly criticized for his supposed involvement in the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, when seven rival gang members were executed.

In the final years of Capone’s life, he suffered mental and physical deterioration due to late-stage neurosyphilis, which he had contracted as a youth. On January 25, 1947, he died from cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke.

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