It happened this day in 1931. Gangster Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion and fined $80.000, signaling the downfall of one of the most notorious criminals of the 1920s and 1930s. Prohibition, which outlawed the brewing and distribution of alcohol and lasted from 1920 to 1933, proved extremely lucrative for bootleggers and gangsters like Capone, who raked in millions from his underworld activities.
Capone was at the top of the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list by 1930, but he avoided long stints in jail until 1931 by bribing city officials, intimidating witnesses, and maintaining various hideouts. He became Chicago’s crime kingpin by wiping out his competitors through a series of gangland battles and slayings, including the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929, when Capone’s men gunned down seven rivals. This event helped raise Capone’s notoriety to a national level.
What are you known for? Let me rephrase that. What if you were suddenly “snuffed out,” like Mr. Capone? Would the world notice? Now, I’m not recommending the life of a gangster. But I am recommending a life that makes a difference. And for you, that life can begin today.