Al_Capone-reducedOn this date in 1932 Al Capone started his eleven year prison sentence for tax evasion. Capone became famous in the 1920’s for his crime organization. Located in Cicero, Illinois he eventually took over the south side of Chicago running speakeasies, brothels, and smuggling operations. He enjoyed a reputation as something of a Robin Hood for the various charities he founded. His reputation soured in 1929 as a result of his involvement in the Saint Valentines Massacre. No charges were ever able to be successfully prosecuted against him until the IRS stepped in. He was finally convicted of tax evasion on income from the criminal activities he could not be convicted for. Capone was paroled in 1939 and died in 1947 from complications of syphilis. He was 48 years old.

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