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Inside the global cult of Al Capone


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It’s a name almost all Romanian children learn: Al Capone.

The American gangster whose organized crime operation dominated 1920s Chicago appeals to Romanians in part because, as the child of immigrants, he’s seen as an underdog, says Bucharest resident Kat Graepel.

Self-made individuals and gangsters became particularly popular in the Eastern European country after capitalism replaced communism in the 1990s.

“[Capone is] the first name that comes to mind when you think about [the] Mafia and mob and gangsters,” adds Sergiu Prundurel, Graepel’s husband.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-the-global-cult-of-al-capone-180978876/

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They watch too much movies. I remember an article about a Romanian/Bulgarian teenager being named Bruce Lee. :lol:

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My grandfather used to run booze for Al Capone and ran a billiards hall for him.   I remember as a young kid, sitting on his lap.   He always had a little gun on him.   A pea shooter type.  

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