The mugshot of Al Capone, the brother of Frank Capone, from the 1930s.

Frank Capone was Al Capone’s brother and in 1923 they planned to take over Cicero in Illinois under orders from the boss of the South Side Gang Johnny Torrio. Next, check out Frank James, brother of outlaw Jesse. The following day, the actual election saw even more turmoil. Frank Capone was born in 1895, the middle child of three boys born to Theresa Capone who launched the most infamous Chicago-area gang in the 1920s during the Prohibition era. Capone was born in 1895 in Brooklyn, and he was the third son of the Italian immigrants Gabriele Capone (1865–1920) and Teresa Raiola (1867-1952). Fischetti sprinted across a nearby vacant lot, only to toss down his weapon and surrender once the police caught up with him. To protect the gang's political control of Cicero, Frank unleashed a wave of terror on the city. His father was a barber and his mother was a seamstress, both born in Angri, a small commune outside of Naples in the Province of Salerno. The family had been kicked out of Chicago, so it moved its operations to the nearby suburb where it ran speakeasies, taverns, and whorehouses during Prohibition. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) sent 70 plainclothes officers to Cicero to maintain order at the polls and Jareki swore them in as deputy sheriffs. Nitti later succeeded Capone as boss of the Chicago Outfit. A coroner's inquest later determined that Frank's killing was a justifiable shooting since Frank had been resisting arrest. In 1924 there was an election taking place, and Democratic party members presented a strong election challenge to the Republicans. Now, this is where it gets sketchy as various reports differ. Having dealt with Capone before, Chicago police knew how to effectively confront his gang.

In response, Torrio tasked Al with creating speakeasies, brothels, and illegal gambling dens in Cicero, a Chicago suburb. As the election day turmoil progressed, outraged Cicero citizens petitioned Cook County Judge Edmund J. Jareki for help. Within a year, Capone had placed the Cicero city manager Joseph Z. Klenha and the town committeemen on the gang payroll. The Republican’s ended up winning, a win for Al Capone. As the gang increased in power and wealth, so did Al and Frank. He then went on to steal ballot boxes from all the polling stations. Wikimedia Commons A raid in Ontario during Prohibition, a common scene when authorities seized alcohol. [4], At the end of the day, the Capone candidate Klenha had won.[5]. The CPD officers did not arrive on the streets of Cicero until late afternoon, at which point they had little effect on the election-related violence. He took no chances. Al’s motto was, “Always try to deal before you have to kill,” Frank had no such predisposition.

Some of them arrived in limousines and unmarked cars to disguise their presence until the last possible moment. "Al Capone, il gangster americano piu' famoso del mondo era di origini angresi", List of Italian-American mobsters by organization, Collaborations between the United States government and Italian Mafia,, People shot dead by law enforcement officers in the United States, Burials at the Bishop's Mausoleum, Mount Carmel Cemetery (Hillside), Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 1 November 2020, at 20:13. So many people sent flowers for condolences, the Capone family needed 15 cars to carry them to the cemetery. The police weren’t particularly interested in stopping it, as some officers were likely on Capone’s payroll. They were all armed with baseball bats, submachine guns and sawed-off shotguns in an effort to get local residents and workers to vote for the “right party” that being the Republicans. Around dusk, a detective squad led by Sergeant William Cusack pulled up to the polling station at Cicero Avenue and Twenty-second Street after spotting Frank Capone, Charlie Fischetti, and a short, heavyset man they didn't recognize. Then, check out these photos of what life was like in the 1980s mafia. Frank would say, “You never get no talk back from no corpse.”. If you have been an avid follower of Boardwalk Empire then you probably already know about Frank Capone and the lead up to his death. Two Brothers With Different Ways Of Getting What They Want The detectives exited their car and began walking over when gunfire inexplicably erupted. His parents were Italian immigrants Gabriele Capone (1865–1920) and Teresa Capone (née Raiola; 1867–1952). He was the brother of Vincenzo, Ralph, Al, Ermina, John, Albert, Matthew and Mafalda Capone. Tom Hardy plays an older Al Capone in 'Capone'. Election officials weren’t capable of stopping the Capone gang because they had no weapons or firepower to combat several armed men at polling places. An urban myth later grew that this man was none other than Al Capone.

Frank Capone didn’t want to leave his fortunes to chance. It was all hands on deck to ensure Capone’s interests prevailed in Cicero. One campaign worker was shot in both legs and detained with eight other campaign workers, to be released when Election Day was over.[3]. Klenha supported the open debauchery in defiance of anti-alcohol laws. Before Capone could fire again, he was fatally shot at point-blank range. The Chicago Police arrived with 70 officers, who were all dressed as normal citizens in an effort to stop the turmoil, 30 of these officers pulled up outside the polling station occupied by Frank and Al, who instantly thought they were North Side mobsters who had come to attack them. After leaving prison, Capone suffered from neurosyphilis and eventually died of cardiac arrest and apoplexy. Frank Capone at this point sent out waves of South Side gang members to the various polling station booths around Cicero. [3], In the April 1, 1924 Cicero municipal election, Democratic Party politicians mounted a serious election challenge to Republican Klenha and his associates. Why Frank Capone Was Even More Bloodthirsty Than His Brother Al. Capone’s gang roughed him up and destroyed his office. Frank Capone was struck with over shot shots killing him at the scene.