On October 17, 1931, Al Capone was found guilty and sentenced to eleven years in federal prison for tax evasion.
He Hated Being Called “Scarface”
After Capone was expelled from school at age 14, he became involved with small gangs such as the Bowery Boys. Capone was known to lie about how he got the scars on the side of his face by saying he was wounded in the war, even though he was never in the military. It was the press that nicknamed him Scarface as he rose to prominence among area gangsters. Capone got the scars on his face in 1917 while he was working at the Harvard Inn as a bouncer. Another criminal named Frank Galluccio became angry when Capone insulted his sister, Lena. Galluccio then slashed Capone with a knife three times across the face. As a result, Capone needed 80 stitches and ended up with his famous nickname.
He Was Never Charged With The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
This 1932 criminal record for mobster Al Capone shows that most charges were dismissed. On February 14, 1929, seven men affiliated with the George “Bugs” Moran gang were shot to death while lined up against a wall inside a garage in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The group of attackers consisted of at least four men, two of them dressed as police officers. The crime became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and stunned the nation. There eventually was ample public speculation that Capone, a Moran rival, had masterminded the murders however, he was never charged in the case, which went unsolved.
Capone Was Never Charged With Murder
Capone was busy throughout the years threatening witnesses and making payoffs to officials and police, and that may be why he was never charged with murder—even though in 1920, he was named Public Enemy No. 1 by the Chicago Crime Commision. The crime that finally brought him down was income-tax fraud because he never paid his taxes. He was sentenced in October 1931 to 11 years in jail on five charges, including three felonies, which was the longest sentence ever given to anyone for tax fraud in that day.
Capone’s Brother Was a Lawman
Ironically, Capone’s brother, James Vincenzo Capone, was busily trying to catch bootleggers as part of a task force when his brother was known as one. Capone’s brother had changed his name following World War I to Richard Hart, and he worked in Homer, Nebraska, as the town marshal. During the prohibition era, Hart would disguise himself and lead raids to catch suspect bootleggers.
Capone Was an Early Resident at Alcatraz Prison
The infamous Alcatraz, located off the coast of San Francisco, was generally reserved for prisoners who were difficult to handle or violent and thought to be inescapable. Capone, age 33 at the time, began his prison sentence in Atlanta in 1932, but he was then sent to California by train and from there to Alcatraz. Capone became ill with syphilis, and in 1939, he was sent to serve one of his misdemeanor sentences at a prison near Los Angeles at Terminal Island.