Dillinger 'death mask' up for auction

CHICAGO, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A Chicago auctioneer said items at an upcoming sale include a cast of outlaw John Dillinger's face made after his death.

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Gangster Capone beats rap again

MIAMI, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The passing of 80 years didn't help prosecutors of 1930s Chicago mobster Al Capone, who once again failed to nail him for perjury in a re-enactment in Miami.

Papers support Capone car stories

MOKENA, Ill., July 23 (UPI) -- An Illinois man who paid $5,000 for a car purported to have been owned by a lawyer for Al Capone said he found evidence that seems to back up the legends.

Fire destroys old Capone hangout

CHICAGO, June 9 (UPI) -- A highly suspicious fire has destroyed a restaurant along Route 66 that was a favorite of Chicago mobster Al Capone, Illinois fire officials say.

Dillinger, Capone memorabilia in auction

CHICAGO, March 1 (UPI) -- A Chicago auctioneer said it is selling off John Dillinger and Al Capone memorabilia that once belonged to a famous local collector.
Capone tree whacked by weather

Capone tree whacked by weather

BALTIMORE, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A 70-year-old cherry tree donated to a Maryland hospital by notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone was damaged by the East Coast blizzard, the hospital said.

Capone hideout sells for $2.6 million

EAU CLAIRE, Wis., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The auction of Al Capone's old hideout in northern Wisconsin drew only one bid Thursday -- from the bank that foreclosed on its previous owner.

Capone's Wis. 'hideout' up for auction

WINTER, Wis., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin bank says it is promoting a foreclosed resort's ties to gangster Al Capone to boost interest in an auction among Chicagoans.

Capone love song heads to the Internet

CHICAGO, April 17 (UPI) -- A love song composed in prison by Chicago mobster Al Capone has been recorded on CD and will be released on the Internet, a suburban Chicago fan says.

Al Capone's home for sale in Chicago

CHICAGO, April 2 (UPI) -- A South Side Chicago home that once housed mobster Al Capone and his family is being put on the market with an asking price of $450,000.

Gangster Capone's house to be sold

CHICAGO, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Prohibition-era Chicago mob boss Al Capone's house is going up for sale in the spring, the current owner says.

Capone statue stolen from British garden

ISLE OF SHEPPY, England, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A British woman said her family is offering an unspecified reward for the return of a life-size statue of Al Capone that disappeared from her yard.

Obama win would be first for Chicagoan

CHICAGO, June 23 (UPI) -- Observers say if Barack Obama wins in November, he will be the first person from Chicago, known for its gangsters and politics, to live in the White House.

Al Capone's grandson releases memoir

BOSTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The new book "Son of Scarface: A Memoir by the Grandson of Al Capone" documents a man's unexpected connection to the notorious Chicago mob boss.
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Al Capone
The old Lexington Hotel, the once-notorious South Side brothel and hangout of mobster Al Capone, will undergo an $8 million renovation to house foreign diplomats attending the 1992 World’s Fair. Edward H. Palmer, the building’s manager, said they plan to turn the 92-year old, 10-story building into 160 unit apartments for the fair. (UPI Photo/Ray Foli/Files)

Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947) was an American gangster who led a Prohibition-era crime syndicate. The Chicago Outfit, which subsequently became known as the "Capones", was dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor, and other illegal activities such as prostitution, in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931.

Born in Brooklyn, New York to Italian immigrants, Capone became involved with gang activity at a young age after being expelled from school at age 14. In his early twenties, he moved to Chicago to take advantage of a new opportunity to make money smuggling illegal alcoholic beverages into the city during Prohibition. He also engaged in various other criminal activities, including bribery of government figures and prostitution. 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 involvement in the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, when seven rival gang members were executed. Capone was convicted on federal charges of tax evasion, and sentenced to federal prison. His incarceration included a term at the new Alcatraz federal prison. 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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