The Mafia way of life may seem like a romantic updated version of the western movie played out on the streets of the big cities where the good guys and the wise guys who share the same instincts and values do battle before an enthralled public but it is actually very different. The Mafia is really just a group of uneducated thugs making money by victimizing the public. Initially, the Mafia was setup as a prominent supplier of bootlegged liquor, but it has spread into many different areas of crime. During this research paper I will discuss three aspects of the Mafia which are crime, structure and decline in leadership. The Mob siphons off public funds, rigs contracts, corrupts unions which many hard working people with legitimate jobs are a part of, smuggles drugs, and runs illegal gambling rings.
The killing ideas became too serious, promoting many police searches , but with so many places to hide, Al Capone continued running his organization with the assistant of his good friends. The 18th Amendment of the United States was passed in October 28, 1919, but became effective in 1920. It made the sale, manufacturing, and transportation of alcohol illegal. The prohibition started because alcohol made the country look abnormal, sick, and dirty. The drunk people in the streets and their actions reflected on the United ... ... middle of paper ... ...n’t get evidence for him killings, they got the right evidence for his many years of tax evasion.
Bootleg alcohol became very prevalent on the black market as well as mobs started appearing across the country. A few reasons why crime increased was because of the smuggling of alcohol to be sold, the mafia starting to gain power, and just the fact that Americans were angered by their right to alcohol being stolen from them. If someone wanted alcohol then they would not let the law stop them, as proven from the past. Al Capone capitalized this opportunity to initiate the alcohol market. The selling of Alcohol flourished under Al Capone’s control, he began the reign of organized crime (Al Capone).
If they can't find the person they will go the extra mile and threaten to kill someone in the person family. They want to make it known that a payment is due and soon. If a gang or a member is jacked (drugs stolen, usually at gunpoint)from another person, gang or junkie, it too is an automatic death sentence. Gangs are always strapped (armed) and ready for anything that might go wrong. Their number one priority is to preserve the drugs well being and to alleviate their quantity of drug to make a profit.
These bootleggers gained enormous amounts of power and wealth for selling alcohol illegally to the speakeasies’ owners. “Those who supplied the bootleggers and the bartenders with the liquor were ‘real’ criminals by anybody's definition. And since the illegal liquor was one of the biggest businesses in the country, they became increasingly rich and powerful criminals” (Cohen). The speakeasies increased the amount of alcohol, which led to more people selling alcohol and finally led Americans to get their alcohol from bootleggers. Speakeasies were tools for strengthening criminals, such as bootleggers.
These organized crime leaders had the police on their payroll working for them. They would tell them to look the other way and the crooked police were paid very generously for their injustice abuse of authority. They also had their hands in other corrupt businesses such as prostitution, illegal gambling, and the smuggling of many different kinds of narcotic drugs. Gang violence also became stronger between the rival mobs of organized crime. Street wars broke out and many demonstrations of these crime leader’s powers were expressed.
There was not enough police to enforce the prohibition law and there was even more police officials being paid off by said gangsters to look the other way to many of the crimes that took place. This growing dependency on thugs and gangsters for alcohol, drugs, and even assassination jobs spread like wildfire among the American people. It escalated to the point where top gangsters such as Al Capone was making millions of dollars with the “assortment of these curious enterprises,” (Allen 231.) This advancement in the gang and thug, however not on the idea of illegal alcohol seeing as Prohibition failed miserably, paved the way for modern gangs and their enormous drug and human trafficking schemes that earn them millions as
The gangsters often came from poor immigrant backgrounds, and were ruthless. The most powerful, and well known were: - O'Bannion, Moran, Luciano, and Capone. Their gangs were always at war, competing to gain control of the liquor. As people were always wanting to drink, this was a long-term factor in the repeal of prohibition, and the demand for drink was great, and people would pay a lot so that they could get their drink. To supply the alcohol to the public more efficiently, illegal drinking saloons were set up.
It portray violence and gang activity to be normal. There was numerous amount of violence in the Bronx during late 20th century, because of low wages and unemployment, which made people turn to other alternative like drug dealing. The Warlord was a gang displayed in the Get Down who attacked Zeke and his friend for being on their territory. Gangs were everywhere in the Bronx particularly on every block. During this time it wasn’t safe to travel alone because there was a high crime rate, which is the reason gangs were created in the first place because it would give young teens and children a sense of protection.
They steal, murder and do many other crimes against humanity. They can make factories to gain money nonetheless they prefer to gather lots of money through some faster ways such as drugs trade. Rich people want to increase their wealth by making crimes instead of making useful projects. Crimes were extremely destructive in the middle ages due to many things. First, many people didn’t believe in God existence.