Scarface: Al Capone’s nickname. In 1917, when Capone was only 18 years old, he went to work for Frankie Yale, a New York mobster, at the Harvard Inn as a bartender, and as a waiter and bouncer as needed. One day while working at the Harvard Inn, Capone went up to a good-looking woman and whispered something in her ear, and the man she was with was her brother, Frank Gallucio. Gallucio, defending his sister’s honor, punched Capone. However, Capone didn’t let it end there; he decided to fight back. Gallucio then took out a knife and slashed at Capone’s face, managing to cut his left check three times (one of which cut Capone from ear to mouth).The scars left from his attack led to his nickname, a name he personally hated.
Cadillac: Capone’s car. This Cadillac wasn’t just any normal Cadillac; it was a specially outfitted, bullet-proof car. In fact, it was seized by the U.S. Treasury Department in 1932, and later was used by the government as Franklin Roosevelt’s limousine.
Soup kitchen: Something Al Capone ran. During the Great Depression, Capone wanted to soften up his image by opening up a free soup kitchen for displaced workers in Chicago. This was part of a publicity campaign. Capone wanted to make sure that he had the approval of the struggling working class during that period of economic distress.
James Capone: Al Capone’s brother. Unlike his brother, James didn’t take to city life the way Al did. Feeling like the city wasn’t the place for him, James set out on his own at 16, and headed west. He traveled all over the Midwest; using the name Richard Hart to avoid the prejudice that typically ensued by having an Italian background. James was fascinated with guns and became an expert marksman, often claiming he learned his skill while in the military. James eventually settled down in Nebraska, and became a town marshal and then a state sheriff, before becoming a Prohibition officer in the state. He was busy running raids and making arrests for illegal alcohol production and possession.
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