Al “Scarface” Capone

(1899–1947)

Al Capone

Anecdote 1...

The U.S. Bureau of Internal Revenue astounded Capone by demanding millions of dollars in back taxes. “They can’t collect legal taxes from illegal money,” he objected. (They could; in 1931 Capone was imprisoned for tax evasion.)

Anecdote 2...

Al Capone once said: “You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun.”

 

Quote-worthy...

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

~Al Capone
Biographical Note: 

Al (Alphonse) “Scarface” Capone was a U.S. gangster who dominated the Chicago underworld in the 1920s. His ill-gotten gains came from the protection business, gambling, brothels, and illegal liquor trade.

More Information: 

Read more about Al Capone. Includes a photo gallery and a bibliography for the Capone era in Chicago.

Photo Info

Mug Shot of Al Capone in 1929 wearing stylish clothes and hat;
Source: fbi.gov