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Sale 82

The Fall Manuscript, Collectibles, Stamp and Space Memorabilia Auction

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Lot 985
Capone, Alphonse (1899-1947) Infamous Prohibition-era Chicago gangster named "Public Enemy Number One"; nicknamed "Scarface." Full signature on a prison document, 2½ x 5½", n.p., n.d. With typed or stamped signature of the record clerk, W.A. Story, and printed notice below: "Keep this notice in good condition in your cell until the date of your release from the penitentiary." Fine.

Between 1925 and 1930 Capone's income was reported to be $100 million a year. Capone always managed to be out of town when murders were committed and so evaded prosecution, but in 1931, he was indicted on 23 counts of income tax evasion and convicted on five of the counts. He was sentenced to ten years in a federal prison and in May 1932 was sent to Atlanta State Prison, where he set himself up in style and took over as kingpin of the prison. He was subsequently transferred to Alcatraz, where he could wield no influence. In 1938, when he was already showing syptoms of syphilis, he was transferred to Terminal Island Prison in southern California to finish out his sentence. He was released in November of 1939 but was incapacitated by syphilis and died on January 25, 1947 from complications of the disease.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.
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