Was Al Capone really as ruthless and savage as some would have you believe?
We’ve had a few people come onto this site and ask us how we could publish a website about Al Capone, a ruthless murderer, and call it a fan club. Well have a seat – here’s why..
Honestly, we really don’t feel that any reasonable human being would have acted any different than Al Capone did back in the early 1900’s. If you take a step back and ponder the things he’s accomplished or contributed to, the only conclusion you’ll arrive at is that the man contributed substantially to society.
Bootleggers vie for territory, carry out murderous mob acts.
Al Capone has a reputation for being a murderer, and a ruthless one at that. But you probably haven’t read about all of the attempts to eliminate big Al from the bootlegging business by his competition. The fact of the matter is Al Capone would much rather have done business amicably with his rivals, mutually agreeing on territory and profit sharing, etc. It was Al’s rivals that became greedy and unreasonable. They began to try and strong arm Capone, and hatched murderous plots against Capone and his people – all over control of sales territories. Being that he was not able to seek protection from the authorities because of the nature of his business, he, like any reasonable person in the same situation, took matters into his own hands.
Some people argue that the nature of business that Al Capone engaged in was illicit at the time, and that he was greedy and a ruthless businessman. The fact is, the government made illegal something that should not have been made illegal, and Al Capone was a pioneer in bootlegging operations as a result. People caught on and wanted to take away what he worked to accomplish, in providing spirits to a deprived market.
The next time you enjoy a cold beer, or your favorite cocktail – or even a glass of wine, you can thank Al Capone for his defiance and perseverance during prohibition. He certainly had some influence on the repeal of prohibition. Also bear this in mind… The next time you buy a gallon of milk for your family, and you check the date to make sure it’s safe to drink, you can thank Al Capone for that too.