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January 26, 2024

Mobsters Hide Their Faces at Al Capone’s Trial, 1931

The featured picture depicts numerous mobsters that showed up to Al Capone’s trial in 1931. But when they were photographed, they used their hats to cover their faces so they were unidentifiable.

This photo is more ironic than anything else. These mobsters are comfortable committing horrific crimes and acts of violence against people and businesses, but the second a camera is shoved in their face, which would reveal who they really are to the world, they shield from it. They only seem confident and embolden when they operate in the cover of shadows, but once the spotlight is on them, they shrivel up.

During the 1931 trial in Downtown Chicago, 23 cases of tax evasion were brought against Al Capone. The tax evasion charges stemmed from Capone not filing his taxes during the years of 1924 to 1929. Capone submitted a plea of “guilty” to the charges, but then changed his plea to “not guilty.” But on October 18, 1931, he was found “guilty” of the 1925 tax evasion charge. He was convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison, which was the longest sentence given on a tax evasion charge.

Al Capone was pictured leaving a taxi outside the Chicago Federal Courthouse to attend his trial on Oct. 8, 1931.

Looking straight into the camera, notorious gangster Al Capone charges out of Federal Court in Chicago with his attorney Michael Ahern by his side on Oct. 11, 1931. Capone was on trial for tax evasion.

After he was sentenced, Capone was handcuffed to a convicted automobile thief and marched through a train station in Chicago to board a special car that would take them to Atlanta Penitentiary on May 3, 1932.

After he began serving time in U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, Capone was transferred to maximum-security Alcatraz in San Francisco amid rumors that he was manipulating the system and receiving cushy treatment.


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