Peaky Blinders is the historical drama series about the Birmingham based gang of the same name. Show creator Steven Knight has mixed historical fact with fiction to tell the story of Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) and the Peaky Blinders but along the way, some real historical figures have featured in the series including Oswald Mosley, Jessie Eden and Winston Churchill. American gangster Al Capone has been rumoured to be making an appearance ever since the show began but who is he and will he appear in season six? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Who is Al Capone?
Al Capone, also famously known as ‘Scarface’, was an American gangster and businessman from Brooklyn, New York.
He was born in 1899 to an Italian immigrant family and had been involved in gang life in New York City since his teenagers years.
In his early twenties, Capone moved to Chicago and found work as a bodyguard for Italian-American mobster, Johnny Torrio.
Torrio was the head of a criminal syndicate that illegally supplied alcohol during the Prohibition Era, which was in place from 1920 until 1933.
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The Prohibition Era was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcohol.
A conflict with a rival gang, North Side Gang, led to Torrio’s retirement and control was handed to Capone, who was just 26-years-old at the time.
Capone attained notoriety during the Prohibition Era, as the co-founder and boss of the organised crime syndicate The Chicago Outfit.
The Chicago Outfit produced illegal breweries and set up a transportation network of alcohol that reached Canada.
As a leader, Capone expanded the gang’s business through increasingly violent means and his alliance with Chicago Mayor William Hale Thompson and Chicago city’s police ensured his protection.
Capone and his gang members often launched attacks on businesses who refused to buy alcohol from them and as many as 100 people are believed to have been killed in bombings by the gang during the 1920s.
Two of Capone’s brothers, Salvator ‘Frank’ Capone and Ralph ‘Bottles’ Capone, helped run his criminal empire.
He reigned as The Chicago Outfit crime boss for seven years, which came to an end in 1931 when he went to prison.
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In February 1929, public opinion of Capone changed following the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre in which seven gang rivals were murdered.
Capone is widely assumed to have been responsible for the attack, which attempted to eliminate Bugs Moran, the head of the North Side Gang.
After serving one year in prison for carrying a concealed weapon, Capone was listed as ‘Public Enemy Number One’ by the Chicago Crime Commission.
In 1931, Capone was prosecuted for tax invasion during a hugely publicised case.
He was found guilty in 1923 and sentenced to 11 years in federal prison.
At the time of Capone’s incarceration, he was 33-years-old.
Upon his incarceration, Capone was diagnosed with syphilis and gonorrhoea and was suffering from withdrawal from cocaine.
Capone was released from jail in November 1939 after serving eight years of his sentence.
At the time of his release, his mental state had significantly deteriorated as a result of neurosyphilis.
On January 25, 1947, Capone died of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke, aged 48.
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Will Al Capone appear in Peaky Blinders season 6?
With Michael Gray, (Finn Cole) and his American wife Gina (Anya Taylor-Joy) potentially heading to America in the sixth series of Peaky Blinders, there has been speculation amongst Peaky Blinders fans that they would cross paths with notorious gangster Al Capone.
Al Capone was active during the early 1930s, which does fit perfectly into the timeline of Peaky Blinders season six.
Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight hinted in 2017 that British actor Stephen Graham would appear as American gangster and businessman Al Capone in season four of Peaky Blinders.
Although Al Capone was mentioned in season four, the character never appeared.
Knight has since confirmed that he has created a role for Graham in season six or seven of Peaky Blinders, but it is not Al Capone.
He also said that the character Al Capone will not make an appearance.
Speaking on Obsessed With…Peaky Blinders podcast, Knight said: “Stephen Graham. Don’t worry… we’re proceeding with that, but not for this series [five].
“Not Al Capone – I didn’t want to go west.
“Because it’s a minefield once you go into Chicago gangsters. I refer to him last series, but I didn’t want to go into that.”
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