Reporting Fran Lane
Gangster Al Capone gave an unusual gift to Baltimore’s Union Memorial Hospital in 1940.
In 1939, mobster Al Capone was released from Alcatraz prison after serving time for tax evasion. At that time he needed to be treated for syphilis, but Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore would not take him. Capone ended up at Union Memorial. When his treatment was completed, he donated two weeping cherry trees to the hospital. One is no longer standing due to a new hospital wing, but the other is still standing and listed on the national registry of historic landmarks.