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MAE CAPONE
The beautiful Mae Coughlin Capone in all her splendor.
(Mario Gomes collection).

Here is some interesting info on the Mysterious and beautiful Mae Capone. Mae Coughlin Capone also known as Josephine by friends and family. She had a total of four sisters and two brothers.Two of the sisters were named Muriel and another named Agnes. Muriel Coughlin was married to a man named Louis Clark. Muriel had  two sons one named Henry who was in the army overseas in the '40's and the other named Howard.Mae's son was named Albert Francis Capone also known as Sonny.He resided at his parents home situated at 93 Palm Isle from 1928 to 1942.He then later moved to 8941 Northeast 10th Avenue with his new wife Ruth Casey.Ruth is often referred by friends and family as"Casey""Case"and or "Bogge" "Boggie".They had four children named Veronica also known as" Ronnie" , Teresa, Barbara and Patricia .Sonny had attended private school in Florida (alongside Desi Arnaz) a school named St.Patrick High School.He later went on to Notre Dame University from 1937-38 ,then on to the University of Miami 1938-41 obtaining a B.S.degree in business administration.He operated a flower shop in Miami from 1941-42.He was later employed by the war dept. at a Miami air depot as a mechanic's apprentice.
He was then employed on an aircraft assemly line.He had a hearing problem due to a mastoid infection developed at a young age.(Al took him to a specialist in NewYork city for an operation in 1925).Mae Coughlin also had a brother named Danny Coughlin and he was married to a woman named Winnie Mae.They operated a waffle shop named Winnie's and a club named Winnie's little club.First place at 233 23rd street and the other at 2218 Collins ave.Mae Capone had allergies especially to dust and wool.She was an ardent churchgoer along with her son Sonny.She and Ruth along with Sonny would attend Sunday mass and weekly services at the Gesu Church in Miami.They went there at least three times a week.She also took great pains to make sure her son would not fall into the life of crime her famous husband had chose stating to Sonny"Don't do as your father did,he broke my heart" Mae Josephine Coughlin was born on April 11,1897 in NewYork.Her father was Michael Coughlin and her mother was Bridget Gorman.She passed away at 3.35 am on April 16,1986 at the Hollywood Hills retirement home 1200 N 35 street in Hollywood, Florida.(Broward County). Her wake was held at the Neptune funeral home at 401 W.Prospect Ave. Ft.Lauderdale and later cremated at the Royal Palm Crematory.
Rest in Peace.
Sonny divorced Casey and later remarried twice.

(This text and info was gathered from the FBI public files on Al Capone. Please note that there are few errors in it, as far as siblings names and exact details. I know the exact names, but choose not to correct them as not to divulge too much personal info on the family. I feel that those still living have a certain right to their privacy).



A rare shot of Mae taken with a telephoto lens at Alcatraz.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Helmer).


Before;  Febrary 28,1938, Mae Capone walks up the gangplank onto the vessel named General Frank M. Coxe. The ship will take Mae and other prisoner's family members to Alcatraz Island from San Francisco.


After; Febrary 28,1938, Mae steps down ship after her visit with Al at Alcatraz. It was the first time Mae saw Al after his mental collapse at Alcatraz.



Febrary 28,1938, Mae stopped by reporters in a cab stopped at a gas station. She hid her face and tried not to speak a word. She finally told them that if she would make a statement would the reporters please leave her alone?  They agreed and the only thing she would divulge was that Al was doing okay.



Loan extension by Mae and Theresa Capone.
(Mario Gomes collection).




Loan agreement and extension.Mae took out a loan in 1926 and asked for an extension after big Al had been sent to the big house.The signatures of Al's wife Mae and his mom Theresa appear on this document.
(Mario Gomes collection).



Closeup of signatures.
(Mario Gomes collection).




The beautiful Mae Capone finally unveiled.
(Mario Gomes collection).





Opera glasses once belonging to Mae Capone.
(Mario Gomes collection).






Mae ,Al  and Mae's sister Muriel in New Jersey, June of 1945.
(Mario Gomes collection).






Winnie Coughlin, Mae's brother's wife standing in front of her restaurant club.
People who knew her mentioned what a wonderful person she was. Mae and Sonny had also ran a restaurant called "The Grotto"
(Mario Gomes collection).





The area where Winnie's little club once stood.
(Mario Gomes collection).




Mae and Sonny Capone. They are two people whom I have had immense respect and admiration over the years I've researched Al Capone. They were very loving and caring individuals who never betrayed their family by writing a tell all, even when sometimes the financial need may have arose. While Al sometimes seeked and enjoyed the limelight, Mae and Sonny shunned it and tried their darndest to remain private.They were the epitomy of trust and loyalty.
(Mario Gomes collection).




6970 Collins, where Mae, Sonny and Diana had their Italian restaurant first called Ted's Grotto and later just called "The Grotto". They ran the place for about 10 years. It's now a Cuban Restaurant. The name Grotto may have been actually based on the bridge and waterfall at the Palm Avenue estate. Once working as an aircraft mechanic, Sonny had also been once at the helm of a place called "The little Flower shop" before becoming a restauranteur.
(Mario Gomes collection).
(Info  courtesy of T. Capone; Al Capone's Granddaughter)


1950's Miami directory


Menu from Sonny Capone's restaurant.
(Mario Gomes collection).









Sonny at Chicago's famous Marshall Field's visiting Santa.
(Mario Gomes Collection via Mae Capone Relative).






Sonny serving Mae a mock drink at a tourist location.
(Mario Gomes Collection via Mae Capone Relative).








Albert Francis "Sonny" Capone. While his dad was indeed the granddaddy of all the gangsters, Albert Francis remained level headed and grew up to be a respectable citizen, kind father and a good husband.
(Mario Gomes collection).













The beautiful Mae Capone. She had a wonderful smile!  
(By kind permission of Ann Howard Stone)




Sonny's old school.



Albert Francis "Sonny" Capone. A classy gentleman.
(By kind permission of Ann Howard Stone)







Albert Francis "Sonny"Capone and Ann Howard Phiffer (Stone)
(By kind permission of Ann Howard Stone)







Mae and Sonny Capone
(By kind permission of Romeo Carifa)




St. Patrick's church where Mae and Sonny attended frequently. It's next door to Sonny's school.





Sonny, Al's pride and joy.
(By kind permission of Romeo Carifa)








The three dollies; Mae Capone and her sisters Muriel and Agnes.
(Mario Gomes collection).







The gang at Muriels house 1970.
Standing left Agnes and Neil, standing right; Sonny Capone
Sitting left is Dottie (Sonny's second wife).
next to her is; Mae Capone, Veronica, Muriel and Louis Clark.
(Mario Gomes collection).








This April 1976 photo shows Mae and Sonny together in Florida.
This original unretouched kodak diamond patterned photo was given to me by Mae's relative (Coughlin) exclusively for my collection and for this site.




Front
(Mario Gomes collection).


On a sad note, I have now since placed a watermark in it due to misuse by a relative whose name is not worthy to be mentioned here. I had recently made a retouched, cropped and inferior copy of this photo from my collection, which I kindly offered to a Capone family member as a gift for their book they were to publish. Instead, surprisingly and sadly, the cheap copy I had made has now ended up on some author's cheesy book site without even asking my permission or giving credit as such. Mae's relatives and I know this for fact. The original is indeed in my possession and should be at the very least noted as such. One thing is important to note, that if it weren't for this site, and without the kindness of Mae's relatives, these photos would have never seen the light of day. I guess today some people just have no scruples and are all about $$$, but hopefully one day your actions will come back to bite you real good, because we all know Karma can be a real bitch!






Back with stamped date and family written description.
(Mario Gomes collection).







My special thanks to those who share their memories and photos on this webpage. Some who wish to remain anonymous and a very special thanks to Carol Cooper and especially her mom, Anna Howard Stone, who was childhood friends with Sonny and is pictured with him in a photo above.




First Posted June 2005