An icon in his own right, Alphonse Gabriel Capone is famous for the wrong reasons. He is considered to this day America’s best known gangster. He is also the greatest symbol of the fall of law and order during the Prohibition Era in the 1920s. Al Capone was the mastermind in several illegal activities such as smuggling and bootlegging of liquor and prostitution that gave Chicago its reputation to being a lawless city. He played such a huge part in all that chaos that the Chicago Outfit became more famously known as the “Capones”.
In 1931, he was charged for income tax evasion for the years 1925-1929. Aside from that, he had additional charges of misdemeanor of failing to file tax returns. May of 1932, Al Capone was sent to serve his eleven-year sentence at Atlanta, which at that time was considered the toughest federal prison. But eventually, Capone took over Atlanta, so he was sent to Alcatraz. There he started showing symptoms of syphilitic dementia. He then died of a cardiac arrest on January 25th of 1947.