In “Boardwalk Empire,” Capone is involved in a lot of random acts of violence. Would he really have gotten away with this stuff so early on in his career?
He did get away with killing some people early in his career, in a rage. There’s good evidence of this, and it seems plausible, because he wasn’t on the public radar yet, so he could get away with these rage-fueled acts of violence. In 1920, and even by ’23 or ’24, he’s not really well known in Chicago, so he was able to commit crimes and then disappear back into the mist of the underworld.
Read the rest of Salon.com’s interview with Jonathan Eig, author of this year’s new biography “Get Capone: the True Story of Al Capone.” at How real is “Boardwalk Empire’s” Al Capone?.