Deirdre Marie Capone

I am Deirdre Marie Capone granddaughter of Ralph James Capone older brother of Alphonse (Al) Capone. My book Uncle Al Capone - The Untold Story from Inside His Family was released in November 2010.


Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?


Deirdre Marie Capone is the granddaughter of Al Capone’s business partner and brother, Ralph Capone.  She has shared her recollections of the extensive time she spent with her Uncle Al on the History Channel, on NBC’s Today show, and on radio programs nationwide including Coast to Coast Radio, the Mancow show, the Jeff Rense show, Texas Public Radio, and CBS radio in several cities.  Her compelling story has been covered on the front page of the Sunday Telegraph in the United Kingdom, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, and theMilwaukee Journal


Describe your book ‘Uncle Al Capone - The Untold Story from Inside His Family’ in 30 words or less.


Deirdre Capone, the last living Capone, has spent her life trying to reconcile her memory of Uncle Al with the legendary criminal and heal the scars of growing up a member of perhaps the most notorious family in America. She has the unique experience of seeing the human side of Al Capone as he taught her to swim, ride a bike, and play the mandolin. She even lived in his house and saw him as a family man who enjoyed cooking spaghetti dinners and talking about the Chicago Cubs. Drawing upon her own vivid memories and extensive research, she has written the award-winning, best selling,  book Uncle Al Capone: The Untold Story from Inside His Family. As the only book ever written about Al Capone by someone who knew him, the telling of her family history is both personal and unique. 


What was the hardest part of writing your book?


Trying to disprove all of the myths that other authors tried to accuse Al Capone of doing such as the Valentine's Day Massacre. Also sitting at a computer all day, every day writing and rewriting.


What books have had the greatest influence on you?


Books that give the reader hope for a better life. 


Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?


I recently spent four days out on Alcatraz Island where I sign books for the tourists. I sign hundreds of books a day.  I also do a couple of radio shows a day by telephone and a couple of TV shows a week.


How do you spend your time when you are not writing?


My husband and I are retired. I enjoy playing golf, mah jong, bridge and working out. 

What are you working on next?


Publicity angels. 

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