August 22, 1934: Al Capone Arrives on Alactraz Island
On this day in 1934, celebrity gangster Al Capone arrived on Alcatraz Island, after being transferred from Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in Georgia.
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Photo: Al Capone (front and center) being escorted to the train in Chicago that would take him to U. S. Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta.