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Datebook: October 17 – Al Capone Convicted of Income Tax Evasion 80 Years Ago

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80 years ago today, legendary gangster Al Capone was found guilty on five counts of income tax evasion and various violations of the Volstead Act (the latter was eventually dropped). He was given an 11-year sentence and heavy fines. In May, 1932, Capone was sent to Atlanta U.S. Penitentiary with special privilege. On August 11, 1934, he was transfered to the newly established Alcatraz prison in San Francisco. The warden kept tight security and cut off Capone’s contact with colleagues. Capone ran The Chicago Outfit, dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor, and other illegal activities such as prostitution, in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931. Despite his illegitimate occupation, Capone became a highly visible public figure. He made various charitable endeavors using the money he made from his activities, and was viewed by many to be a “modern-day Robin Hood”. Capone was publicly criticized for his supposed involvement in the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, when seven rival gang members were executed. In the final years of Capone’s life, he suffered mental and physical deterioration due to late-stage neurosyphilis, which he had contracted as a youth. On January 25, 1947, he died from cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke.

It’s Monday, October 17

Acclaimed Ecuadorian Guitarist Terry Pazmino performs Noche de Cuerdas, A Night of South American Music for Guitar, Wednesday at 7:30 in Performing Arts Hall, second floor, Old Fine Arts at Murray State.

Dianne Caines, President of the Garden Club of Kentucky, presents a program on Creative Flower Design, for the Audobon District Club tomorrow at First Christian Church on Audobon Drive in Paducah. A luncheon and the program are open to all starting at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $22. E-mail to reserve a seat.

Hopkinsville native Tony Crunk reads from his works Thursday at 7:30 in Murray State’s Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery. Crunk now lives in Birmingham, Alabama. His first collection of poetry, Living in the Resurrection, won the 1994 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. He also writes books for children. The Gallery’s on the 6th Floor of Price Doyle Fine Arts.

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