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Al Capone Died Today in 1947

Today’s the anniversary of the death of famous Chicago gangster Al Capone — “Scarface.”

Al Capone, one of the F.B.I.’s most-wanted criminals in the 1920s and ’30s, was eventually caught and convicted in 1931 of tax evasion.

He was released from prison in 1939, after serving about seven and a half years of an eleven-year sentence. By the time he was released from prison Capone was in bad health. His brain was turning to mush as a result of syphilis.

He moved to his home in Palm Island, Florida (near Miami), where he further deteriorated and died on this day in 1947.

That home went on the market in 2007.

His Chicago home went on the market last year (the comments section is alternately funny and unsettling).

For details of Al Capone’s funeral — from a dedicated fan — go here.

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