Al (Scarface) Capone was the biggest mob boss of his time. He was America’s first celebrity gangster, when he ruled Chicago during Prohibition in the Roaring 20s. He also had quite the body count on his resume.
In honor of the new movie Capone, starring Tom Hardy and chronicling his final year of life, his mind ravished by syphilis yet still being hounded by the FBI as he withered away on his Palm Island estate in Miami, here is a breakdown of all the hits the federal government laid at his feet.
The Al Capone Murder Timeline (1920-1929)
May 11, 1920 – Chicago mob boss James (Big Jim) Colosimo is gunned down outside his office in a coup launched by Capone’s mentor and Colosimo’s underboss Johnny (The Fox) Torrio. The Torrio-Capone Gang becomes known as the South Side Gang.
May 7, 1923 – Hijacker Joe Howard is killed for knocking off a truckload of South Side Gang booze.
November 10, 1924 – North Side Gang boss Dean O’Banion is shot to death inside his headquarters, Schofield’s Flowers, inciting the Windy City bootlegging wars.
April 27, 1926 – North Side Gang soldiers, Tommy (Red) Duffy, Jimmy Doherty and Billy McSwiggin, are slain as they exit the Pony Inn in Cicero after a night of drinking.
October 11, 1926 – North Side Gang boss Earl (Hymie) Weiss, his bodyguard Patrick (Paddy) Murray and attorney William O’Brien are gunned down returning to Schofield’s Flowers from visiting an associate’s murder trial.
January 7, 1927 – South Side Gang soldiers Johnny Costenaro and Santo Celebron are killed for preparing to testify against Capone in a conspiracy trial.
May 25, 1927 – New York hit man Antonio Torchio is murdered after being brought to Chicago by North Side Gang leaders to carry out a contract on Capone.
July 27, 1927 – Rival bootlegger Frank Hitchcock is killed for getting into a beef with a Capone ally.
August 11, 1927 – St. Louis hitmen Anthony Russo and Vincent Spicuzza are murdered after being brought to Chicago by North Side Gang leaders to carry out a contract on Capone.
September 24, 1927 – Cleveland hit man Sam Valente is murdered after being brought to Chicago by North Side Gang leaders to carry out a contract on Capone.
January 18, 1928 – Hijackers Harry Fuller, Joey Cagiando and Joey Fasso are gunned down for knocking off a truckload of South Side Gang booze.
March 21, 1928 – Chicago gangster Joseph (Diamond Joe) Esposito is killed following a falling out with Capone.
April 23, 1928 – South Side Gang soldier Ben Newmark is killed by Capone bodyguards after Newmark attempts to breakoff and start his own bootlegging organization.
July 1, 1928 – New York gangster Francesco (Frankie Yale) Uale, a one-time Capone employer, friend and hired gun, is machine gunned to death in Brooklyn inside his custom-made Lincoln with armor plating. Yale gave Capone his first job in the rackets and had bumped off Big Jim Colosimo and Dean O’Banion on contract from the South Side Gang. The pair fell out after Yale was caught hijacking whiskey shipments headed for Chicago that he himself sold Capone himself.
February 14, 1929 – The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre: North Side Gang soldiers, the Gussenberg brothers (Frank & Pete), John May, Al Weinshank, Adam Heyer, James Clark and Dr. Reinhardt Schwimmer are machine gunned to death inside a North Side Gang garage hangout in what effectively ended the South Side Gang-North Side Gang War. The slaughter’s intended victim, North Side Gang boss George (Bugs) Moran avoided the bloodshed but stood down in the feud after the massacre, ceding his territory to Capone.
May 8, 1929 – South Side Gang soldiers, John Scalise, Albert Anselmi and Joe (Hop Toad) Guinta are bludgeoned to death with baseball bats for plotting to overthrow Capone. Scalise and Anselmi were two of Capone’s top hitmen
June 24, 1929 – Chicago gangland figure Frankie Marlow is killed for refusing to pay a $250,000 debt to the South Side Gang.
February 1, 1930 – Chicago racketeer Julius Rosenheim is slain for informing on Capone.
August 1, 1930 – Mob accountant Jack Zuta, who worked for Capone before jumping to the North Side Gang, is murdered inside a Delafield, Wisconsin roadhouse on the run from the law and Capone.
October 23, 1930 – Chicago mobster Joe Aiello, a longtime Capone rival, is killed getting into a taxi outside a safehouse by a gunman in a neighboring apartment building. Aiello had plotted several unsuccessful assassinations of Capone and Capone’s closest lieutenants.
November 8, 1939 – Chicago race track mogul Edward (Easy Eddie) O’Hare, who cooperated against Capone years earlier as a way of getting his son admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy, is gunned down behind the wheel of his car leaving one of his tracks on the week of Capone’s release from prison on tax evasion charges.
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