Al Capone's Prison Cell at Eastern State Penitiary

"Scarface" Al Capone, "the notorious king of Chicago's racket world," got his first taste of prison life in Philadelphia. As seen in this actual picture of his cell, Capone was given deluxe arrangements in one of Phildelphia's worst prisons.
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"Scarface" Al Capone, "the notorious king of Chicago's racket world," got his first taste of prison life in Philadelphia. As seen in this actual picture of his cell, Capone was given deluxe arrangements in one of Phildelphia's worst prisons.

While the courts were tough on Capone, his stay at Eastern State Penitentiary was rather comfortable. Capone spent eight months in one of Eastern State's "Park Avenue" cells. In 1929, a newspaper reporter for the Philadelphia Public Ledger described Capone's cell.

"The whole room was suffused in the glow of a desk lamp which stood on a polished desk... On the once-grim walls of the penal chamber hung tasteful paintings, and the strains of a waltz were being emitted by a powerful cabinet radio receiver of handsome design and fine finish."

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