Mobsters started running very illegal monopolies as a living and hiring common people to do their dirty work. This lead to some very serious gang related violence. Due to all of this occurring at the same time, it changed the way in which police forces were ran. Prohibition led to widespread organized crime in the 1920s and 1930s because it opened up an illegal monopoly for gangs, initiated gang related violence, and the change it the way police forces operated, forever changing America as a result. Big time Mobsters began setting up some big ideas for big business.
Publicity grew around the actions of Capone, with accounts of his sordid activities published in newspapers along with his image of power, money, and wickedness#. Using the funds that he had collected from his bootlegging operations, Capone ensured that friends were elected to certain political positions, which in turn, amplified his control over Chicago#. Alphonsus Capone was born on January 17, 1899 in Brooklyn, New York. Capone quit school in the sixth grade at age fourteen. He became part of the notorious Five Points gang in Manhattan and worked in gangster Frankie Yale’s Harvard Inn as a bouncer and bartender.
Al Capone Prohibition led to the bootlegging of liquor and the gang wars of the 1920’s. The most notorious gangster of all time, known as Al Capone, was the most powerful mob leader of his era. He dominated organized crime in the Chicago area from 1925 until 1931. Capone grew up during the roaring 20s in Chicago. He joined the James Street gang, lead by Johnny Torrio.
The Mafia was more than just an influential group of the 1920’s and 1930’s because it contributed to society in the past and continues to affect the present. The Prohibition period, a time when the sale of alcohol was illegal, was the Mafia’s first opportunity to rise above the average person. The Prohibition era allowed the Mafia to grow by giving them the chance to plan and distribute illegal substances (Mooney 14). Here, the Mafia could hire “bootleggers” and send them to do their illegal bidding while using any idea imaginable to disguise their trucks of alcohol (Lunde 131). The Mafia also used biker gangs to disguise themselves in order to transport their illegal liquor (Black 38).
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.
Alphonse Capone was the biggest force in organized crime. He started his career of crime in Boston as an apprentice to Johnny Torrio. There he earned the unforgettable nickname “Scarface.” It was in a bar when Capone made some rude comments about a woman. Minutes later, the woman’s brother sliced Capone in the face. This man was a friend of Charles “Lucky” Luciano.
Prohibition also united the American people more than anything since the World War. Everyone, from the poor to the rich, united to break the law. Even the police, yeah sure they will serve and protect, unless they find a better deal. The police were letting alcohol be made and sold right under their noses. The rich buy the booze to spice up their parties and the poor spend their time and money in bootleggers houses getting drunk.
Al Capone was a child from an Italian immigrant family, And was one of the most Notorious and infamous Mafia leader in the world during the Prohibition Era in Chicago. Also he was known as "Scarface," Al Capone was sent to Alcatraz Prison in Philadelphia in 1931 from a tax evasion conviction. Al Capone had a personal fortune estimated at $100 million and was responsible for countless murders, His most famous one was the St.Valentine’s Day Massacre. Al Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 17,1899. He was the fourth of seven sons and two daughters.
Paige Sailors Mrs. Kennedy AP English 3 11 March 2014 Organized Crime In the 1920s, Prohibition caused organized crime to be at an all time high, and so gangsters were at their prime, dealing in bootlegging and the illegal distillation and distribution of alcohol. The big gangsters and their crimes had a big impact on the society and the economy of the 1920s. Several gangsters became very infamous during the 1920s. The gangster that most people have heard of, Al Capone, was one of the main players in the crime during that time. He built a criminal empire in Chicago that became the model for present-day organized-crime operations (World Book Online).
Control of the profitable liquor trade sparked the gang wars that littered the late 1920's with bodies. Chicago was their battleground. The opposing forces were the North Side Gang, led by Dion O'Banion, and the West Side Gang who had John Torrio as its frontrunner ("Seven Chicago Gangsters"). Torrio had ambitious plans. He sought to unite the gangs of Chicago into one powerful association in which he would have full control.