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Al Capone

Alphonse Gabriel Capone (; Italian: [ˈal kaˈpoːne]; January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947), sometimes known by the nickname "Scarface", was an American gangster and businessman who attained notoriety during the Prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit. His seven-year reign as crime boss ended when he was 33. Capone was born in New York City, to Italian immigrants. He was a Five Points Gang member who became a bouncer in organized crime premises such as brothels. In his early twenties, he moved to Chicago and became a bodyguard and trusted factotum for Johnny Torrio, head of a criminal syndicate that illegally supplied alcohol—the forerunner of the Outfit—and was politically protected through the Unione Siciliana.


This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.




Now I know why tigers eat their young.




I have built my organization upon fear.




Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.




Vote early and vote often.




My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.




I don't even know what street Canada is on.




When I sell liquor, it's called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it's called hospitality.




Prohibition has made nothing but trouble.




You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.




I am like any other man. All I do is supply a demand.



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