Al Capone’s Hillside Grave Desecrated, Police Say

A photo of Al Capone’s desecrated grave at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Hillside. | Chicago History Instagram 

Al Capone in 1930. | Wikimedia

Monday, November 28, 2022 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

The gravesite of famous Chicago mob boss Al Capone was defaced last week, according to reports by the Chicago Sun-Times and other media outlets.

Hillside police said they discovered the word “Evil” in red spray-paint on Capone’s grave marker at around 1 p.m. on Nov. 23 at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, where Capone and his family are buried.

A photo of the desecrated grave was posted on the Chicago History Instagram page, the Sun-Times reported.

Hillside police said the graffiti was removed on the same day they discovered it, but the Sun-Times reported that bits of red paint still remained on the grave on Nov. 27.

Police said no suspects were in custody.

Last year, the Sun-Times reported, “an auction of Al Capone’s personal effects, including his favorite gun, garnered more than $3.1 million. More than 1,200 bidders from all 50 states and several countries participated.”

Mount Carmel Cemetery is one of the most notable in the Chicago area. It’s home to Mausoleum of the Bishops and Archbishops of Chicago, which is the final resting place of eight Chicago cardinals.

In addition to Capone, famous gangsters like Sam Giancana, the boss of the Chicago Outfit from 1957 to 1966, and Frank Nitti, Capone’s cousin and bodyguard, are also buried at Mount Carmel.

Hillside Mayor Joseph Tamburino gives a trolley tour of Mount Carmel and Queen of Heaven Cemetery each year.

The Hillside burial grounds are also the burial sites of the marines who raised the first American flag over Iwo Jima, according to an online description of the tours.

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