New light on Capone downfall

CHICAGO, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- New material for a book on Al Capone's last days as a mighty Chicago crime lord sheds light on the great lengths taken to end his infamous career.

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Capone's 'other vault' to be opened on Web

CHICAGO, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A Chicago construction crew has unearthed what is being described as Al Capone's "other vault," which will soon be opened on a live Web cast.

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Eliot Ness plaque missing in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, April 13 (UPI) -- A bronze plaque honoring famed crime fighter Eliot Ness has been reported stolen from the Cleveland police headquarters.

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Ark. town to vote on marijuana laws

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A petition to get a marijuana reform measure on the ballot in Eureka Springs, Ark., has ended in success with a vote scheduled for next month.

Condos to be built on site of Al Capone HQ

CHICAGO, July 28 (UPI) -- Developers plan to build a 35-story condominium tower on the site of the Chicago hotel that once served as Al Capone's headquarters.

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New film follows post-Capone Ness

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Director David Fincher has hopped aboard Paramount's film version of the graphic novel "Torso," it was announced Thursday.
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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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