Transcript of Al Capone
Al Capone and prohibition Capone had always shown promise:young, brash, intelligent, loyal, and willing to kill(never without reason).Capone's star rose quickly in a town that would have chewed up a lesser man. Prohibition turned organized crime into lucrative business. America was clamoring for respite after the atrocities of World War 1. St. Valentine's Day Massacre Chicago was a rough city during the prohibition. 1921 brought a boom! to chicago's beer production. Capone's boss, Johnny Torrio had a stranglehold on the beer market. In 1921, Chicago had 8 breweries working full-time supplying the thirsty throats of the city's parched. While Torrio controlled most of the South Side, Dion "Deanie"O' Banion owned much of the North-side of Chicago. One February evening in North Chicago, seven well-dressed men were found riddled with bullets inside the S.M.C. Cartage Co. garage. They had been lined up against a wall, with their backs to their executioners and shot to death. =( With the exception of Dr. Reinhart H. Schwimmer these men were mobsters(oh no!] working under the leadership of gangster and bootlegger, "Bugs" Moran. Within a few seconds while staring at a bare brick wall, these seven men had become a part of Valentine's Day history: the St. Valentines Day Massacre. O'Banion was loved and respected by his friends and feared by his enemies. It's said that O'Banion had personally killed more than 50 people himself. The turning point for Al Capone during Prohibition came in ironic fashion. .Full transcript
. . when Morton and O'Banion went horseback riding one day, Morton was thrown from and kicked in the head by his horse. "Nails" died right in the middle of Chicago's Clarke Street. "nails" had a calming influenece on the impulsive O'banion and his death left deany without much rational counsel. By 1925, eight years before the end of Prohibition, O'Banion would be dead and Capone will have taken his throne as the most influential gangster in history.