Eliot Ness, famous for taking down feared gangster and bootlegger Al Capone, died a penniless alcoholic that no one had heard of. His autobiography was published after his death and only then did he become famous with TV shows and movies being made of his exploits.
A con artist asked Al Capone for $50,000, claiming he could double it in two months. However, he did nothing with the money and after the two months gave it back to Capone, who, impressed by his integrity, gave him a tenth of the loaned money. That $5,000 was what he wanted in the first place.
A two hour live special featuring the opening of a secret vault owned by Al Capone was aired, hosted by Geraldo Rivera. 30 million people tuned in to watch as it was opened…only to find it was empty aside from some debris. It was the most watched syndicated special that year.
Legendary crime fighter Eliot Ness was promised by Al Capone that $2,000 would be on his desk every Monday morning if he turned a blind eye to his gang’s bootlegging activities ( $33,000 a week in 2018 adjusting for inflation). Ness refused the bribe, was penniless when he died in 1957.
A con man tricked Al Capone out of $5,000. He got Capone to give him $50,000 to invest in a scam. After 2 months, he returned it. He told Capone that the scam had fallen through, and he had no money left to support himself. Capone, stung by his honesty, gave him $5,000 to “tide him over”.
Fats Waller was kidnapped to be the surprise guest at Al Capone’s birthday party at gunpoint. He left 3 days later intoxicated with thousands of dollars in tips.
Al Capone was responsible for expiration dates on milk jugs.
Gangster Al Capone started one of the first Soup Kitchens during the Great Depression for the unemployed.