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Al Capone new biography reveals how gangster was destroyed by Syphilis


The new Al Capone biography by Deirdre Bair,has revealed the latter years of one of the most feared and known gangsters ever that is still immortalized even today!Remember Al Capone vault?The televised program featuring the vault of the notorious gangsters is still one of the most watched events on televison ever!The man has died 70 years ago,yet he still fascinates us like no other.
Modern culture has made it possible that Al Capone's name will never be forgotten,be it for the wrong reasons.We see him in movies,books,films,in songs by rappers and on tee shirts.All these has continually kept the legend alive.
Al Capone, was public enemy No. 1 and the most powerful gangster of the Prohibition era,he spent
the last years of his life in seclusion at his house in Florida. He fished from his boat, doted on his grandchildren, dined on his wife Mae’s spaghetti — and had imaginary conversations with long-dead mobsters, some of who, he’d had killed.
His brain ravaged by a syphilis infection that had gone untreated, he had the mental capacity of a 12-year-old. The man who once ruled the Chicago Outfit, a multimillion-dollar bootlegging and racketeering empire that spanned North America, was just happy to be taken to the drugstore to buy a pack of Dentyne gum.
The gangster’s last years are detailed in Deirdre Bair’s new biography, “Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend.” Bair drew on interviews with Capone’s grandchildren and other relatives, most of whom preferred to remain anonymous, to dispel many of the myths that have long swirled around Al “Scarface” Capone.
One example: Capone had his huge swimming pool stocked with fish and spent his afternoons in his pajamas catching them. Though widely reported at the time, the story is false. There were no fish in the pool, but Capone enjoyed walking around his property with
his granddaughters, looking for butterflies.

“It was, in many ways, an ideal, middle-class Italian-American household where family came first,” says Bair, who’s written acclaimed biographies of Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir and Carl Jung. “It was much different from the lavish life he led when he was at the top of the world.”
That’s partly because Capone was broke, Bair reports. In the 1920s, his yearly income was estimated at $40 million. But he ran the Outfit for only six years. He spent most of the 1930s in jail for tax evasion. When he was released in 1940, the Outfit gave him a salary of $600 a week, hardly enough to support his family, house and staff.

Newspaper reports that Capone secretly controlled the Outfit from behind the walls of his Palm Island compound may have originated from the occasional flashes he had of his glory years, as well as those imaginary conversations he had with old cronies. Reporters camped outside the gates of his house and turned any scrap of gossip into a headline.
“If you want to make a parallel,” Bair tells The Post, “it’s like cable news today, with all those pundits talking about the election even when nothing is happening. But the truth is, the Outfit had utterly marginalized him.”
Mae, Capone’s wife, probably saved his life by keeping him isolated.
“She knew that it was dangerous for him to go out in public,” Bair says.
An angry public outburst, caused by his syphilis-addled mind, would have been fraught with peril. If the Outfit got wind he was nattering on about old business, he was a dead man. And if a judge heard Capone was violent, he could have been confined to a mental home.
“Mae was a ferocious protector,” Bair says. “The Outfit knew he was cloistered and that Mae wouldn’t let him become a problem for them. And Mae knew all about the Outfit. She was one of those wives who made spaghetti for Al and the gang at 3 in the morning when they did business back when he was in charge. She must have heard everything.”
Newspaper reports that Capone secretly controlled the Outfit from behind the walls of his Palm Island compound may have originated from the occasional flashes he had of his glory years, as well as those imaginary conversations he had with old cronies. Reporters camped outside the gates of his house and turned any scrap of gossip into a headline.
“If you want to make a parallel,” Bair tells The Post, “it’s like cable news today, with all those pundits talking about the election even when nothing is happening. But the truth is, the Outfit had utterly marginalized him.”
Mae, Capone’s wife, probably saved his life by keeping him isolated.
“She knew that it was dangerous for him to go out in public,” Bair says.
An angry public outburst, caused by his syphilis-addled mind, would have been fraught with peril. If the Outfit got wind he was nattering on about old business, he was a dead man. And if a judge heard Capone was violent, he could have been confined to a mental home.
“Mae was a ferocious protector,” Bair says. “The Outfit knew he was cloistered and that Mae wouldn’t let him become a problem for them. And Mae knew all about the Outfit. She was one of those wives who made spaghetti for Al and the gang at 3 in the morning when they did business back when he was in charge. She must have heard everything.”
A video of the moment Al Capone's vault was unveiled live on tv in an unforgettable moment that has gone down in folklore can be seen below.








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