Son of Scarface: A Memoir by the Grandson of Al Capone
It takes a brave soul to reveal to the world that your grandfather was a famous Mobster, killer, and ruthless man. Chris W. Knight is this brave person and in his just-released memoir, Son of Scarface, he chronicles his discovery of the true identity of his grandfather, Al Capone. It's quite clear after reading Knight's story that this event has had quite an impact on him.
"Your father was Al Capone's son." This simple statement from one of his father's acquaintances was the catalyst for Knight to go on a long journey in order to find out more about his family background. While he was only a young boy when he first heard that statement, it wouldn't be until he was older that Knight would begin his search. It was a popular notion that Capone had many affairs, but it wasn't that well-known that he bore a son out of wedlock. Knight begins his search by hiring a private investigator and doing some research on his own. He does this mostly by contacting people via his late father's phone book, which he stumbles upon after he passes away.
Surprisingly, Knight has fond memories of his father, who sometimes went on long trips and left his son and daughter with their abusive mother. Be forewarned: some of the abuse descriptions may make you flinch in horror, as it did to me. If the abuse wasn't bad enough, it's the lies of who Knight's father and grandfather were that left the most emotional scars.
Two summers ago, I met Chris Knight in Maine. He told me of the book he was working on and that it involved how he was related to Al Capone, his grandfather. At the time, I didn't really dwell on his story. Now I'm happy to have had the chance to read Son of Scarface. Al Capone's story is infamous and has always been fascinating. Chris W. Knight's telling of how he found out the identity of his grandfather is just as interesting. I highly recommend this moving memoir.
by Chris W. Knight
New Era Publishing