Blood on the Sand: Al Capone vs. Jesse James

by MariShapiro   May 04, 2010 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 522

Hey guys, it's Geoff Desmoulin here to give you the rundown on our next matchup involving two classic American outlaws. We'll also hit on the science behind our Gel Torsos.

Separated by 52 years and a generation of firepower technology, the Civil War-hardened Jesse James Gang is taking on the Tommy Gun-wielding "businessmen" from Chicago, Al Capone's Gang.

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Jesse Woodson James, born on September 5, 1847, had already made a name for himself during the Civil War carrying out atrocities against Union Soldiers. After the war Jesse and his brother, also part of his gang, robbed banks, stage coaches, trains, and anything else, carrying a solid payoff. Their reign lasted roughly a decade and, ironically, as law enforcement against his gang grew, Jesse was killed by one of his own gang members hoping to cash in on his head.

Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone, born on January 17, 1899, led organized crime in Chicago during the Prohibition era of the 1920s and '30s. Therefore, his main breadwinner was the transportation and sales of liquor, although his business profile described him as a used furniture salesman.  He was finally indicted in 1931 for tax evasion (have you done your taxes this year?) and was sent to Alcatraz for his longest sentence (10 years).

During a break from filming Deadliest Warrior Season two my wife and I wanted to do a tour of Alcatraz and learn firsthand about criminals like Al Capone. Unfortunately it was sold out the entire time we were there. The pictures below and the shirt I'm wearing is the closest I ever got to... "Alcatraz." I know..."Thanks for sharing", but sharing is caring and I love you guys!

Geoff Desmoulin-Deadliest Warrior

Deadliest Warrior - Alcatraz