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Al "Scarface" Capone



Al "Scarface" Capone
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.79

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     challenging words:    coerce, evasion, gangs, well-known, pneumonia, dubbed, illegal, criminal, federal, tactics, successful, behavior, assortment, dealer, notorious, totally
     content words:    Alphonse Gabriel Capone, United States, Al Capone, New York, Bugs Moran, Day Massacre, Alcatraz Prison


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Al "Scarface" Capone
By Jane Runyon
  

1     He was a used furniture dealer. At least that is what his business card read. He was easy to recognize. The deep scar across his face was quite well-known. His name was Alphonse Gabriel Capone. Capone was one of the most notorious criminals the United States has ever known.
 
2     Al Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 17, 1899. His parents had immigrated to the United States from Italy in 1894. Al's father was a barber, and his mother sewed clothing. Together they raised nine children. Alphonse was their middle child.
 
3     Al wasn't much for schooling. He dropped out during sixth grade after getting into a fight with a teacher. He did odd jobs around the neighborhood to earn money. He was more interested in running with gangs than he was in getting an education. These gangs led him to be arrested for an assortment of small crimes in his early teenage years.
 
4     While working in a bar, Al got into a fight with another man. During the fight, the man sliced Al's face with a knife. The scar left behind gave Al the nickname of Scarface. He didn't like the name, but he had to live with it.
 
5     Al was only nineteen years old when he married. He and his wife, Mae, had one son. They called him Sonny. Al's boss sent him to Chicago to work after it came to light that Al had killed at least two people. The Capone family made the move that would affect Chicago for years.

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