Al Capone, the infamous Chicago mob boss of the 1920’s, will be the intro episode to a new tv series called Natural Born Outlaws that will air on American Heroes Channel (AHC). AHC announced the coming series months ago.With the slew of crime documentaries and books on the case, many people may already know the story of Al Capone. But American Heroes Channel’s Natural Born Outlaws presents the case in a different way. Part of the documentary will have the traditional commentary by book writers, journalists, and experts on the case. The other part of the story will be told through a seemingly first-person account by an actor who will play Al Capone. In other words, the Al Capone character will tell his own story, and he will do so in a very intriguing way. Natural Born Outlaws will last for one hour and will include the story of a different person each week. In addition to Al Capone, look for stories on Machine Gun Kelly and Bonnie and Clyde, according to Press Discovery.
In the first episode of Natural Born Outlaws, the story of Al Capone, also known as Scarface, makes the cut. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Capone quit school and moved to Chicago, where he began working for mom boss John Torrio. Capone quickly learned the ropes of mobster life and eventually took over Torrio’s business after he was shot. That business included, bootlegging, nightclubs, brothels, prostitution, and gambling. At only age 27, Al Capone had risen to the top as the most powerful gangster in America and was making more than $100 million dollars a year to boot. And with that notoriety, it was only natural that he made some enemies along the way.
When Prosecutor Billy McSwiggin was found dead, Al Capone was the one of the first suspects on the list. And the fact that he left town immediately after McSwiggin’s murder didn’t help things, either. Determined to nail Al Capone, police officials launched a relentless manhunt for him all over the U.S., Canada, and Italy.
Capone disappeared for about three months before finally deciding to return home and speak with police. To tell his side of the story, he called an infamous press conference, where reporters, journalists, and law enforcement officials all gathered to see what the notorious gangster had to say. As cameras flashed, Al Capone stood up straight and told the press that he had nothing to do with the murder of Billy McSwiggin. Not only that, he told the public that Billy McSwiggin was on his payroll, and that he had no reason to want to kill him. This shocked America to know that a supposedly law-abiding prosecutor would be on the payroll of a big time gangster, such as Capone. But even more shocking was the fact that ol’ Al would make such an admission.
Al Capone’s statement did two things: It let everyone in town know that he was the man, and it also let them know that he was not to be messed with—just in case they didn’t know. The press conference was strange because most gangsters would have wanted to keep a low profile while things were hot. But not Capone, and this was only one of the many things that made him stand out among all the others. As for the murder of Billy McSwiggin, law enforcement officials didn’t have enough evidence against him. Until this day, his murder is shrouded in mystery.
Capone was a brutal mob boss who would take anyone out for disrespecting him. Despite all of his success, money, and power, it was a simple tax evasion charge that ended his career. After being sentenced to over a decade in prison, Al Capone became an exemplary prisoner in Alcatraz prison. After his release, he lived out the rest of his days with illness, until he finally died of cardiac arrest in 1947.
You’ll not want to miss this new AHC’s new tv series. Find out how Al Capone became a natural born outlaw by tuning in at 10/9 central on American Heroes Channel (AHC). Here are two other shows that debuted on tv this week: Hellevator and Sweat Inc., according to the Inquisitr.
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