He had his own private army. He was directly responsible for the deaths of dozens of innocent (and not-so-innocent) Americans. His violent reign of power eventually lead to the formation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He owned Chicago. He lived like a king.
And then Al Capone went to jail for tax evasion.
Seriously, one of the most powerful criminals in U.S. history was put behind bars for not paying his taxes [hey, whatever sticks], which, in turn, lead to the corrosion and breakup of his criminal empire.
But while it lasted, Capone’s crime network paid off in spades and its chief architect lived the life of a European aristocrat.
Take, for example, his luxurious Miami hideaway (where he plotted the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre), which was recently put on the market for a cool $10 million.
What makes the mansion so expensive? Well, first of all, it’s massive.
"Two Versace South Beach villas could fit on this property," said broker Jorge Alonso of Elliman Florida, according to the New York Daily News. "You step up to this huge pool. It's so glamorous."
However, the mansion’s price also has a lot to do with the fact that its current owner had it restored it to its original "gangster glamor," CBS Miami reports.
Included in the mob boss' mansion are:
- Seven bedrooms
- Seven bathrooms
- 100-yard (“football-field-sized”) waterfront access on Biscayne Bay
- Recreation room
- Private dock
- Black-and-gold Art Deco powder room that looks the same as when Al Capone used it
“Alonso said that the house is already attracting would-be buyers from Russia, Brazil and France. A major professional basketball player has already expressed serious interest,” the NY Daily reports.
Here is Capone's Florida hideaway [via Douglas Elliman of Prudential Douglas Elliman]: