Essay On Organized Crime

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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). He got his start when, at Johnny Torrio’s invitation, Capone joined Torrio in Chicago where he had become an influential lieutenant in the Colosimo mob (FBI). Johnny Torrio was called to Chicago to operate and expand Big Jim Colosimo’s chain of brothels. In 1919 Torrio summoned his old friend Al Capone from New York to manage one of the brothels and, in 1920, had either him or Frankie Yale (another gangster) murder Colosimo. Torrio thereby inherited Colosimo’s empire and immediately expanded into big-time bootlegging and gambling casinos of the Prohibition era. In 1925, after successively being shot at and wounded by a rival gang and serving nine months in prison for operating a brewery, Torrio turned over his rackets to Capone and retired to Italy (The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. " Torrio). The great demand for and simultaneous illegalization of alcohol opened up a new illegal market for the gangster to develop and monopolize. As Al Capone put it, "All I do is to supply a public demand … somebody had to throw some liquor on that thirst. Why not me?" ("Organized C... ... middle of paper ... ...the main reasons that money was being taken from economy. One of the exceptions to Prohibition was that pharmacists could still prescribe whiskey for any number of ailments, so bootleggers soon realized that running a pharmacy was a perfect from for their trade. Also, the cost for them to manufacture the alcohol was nil compared to the amount that they could make from selling it. In one year during Prohibition, it was estimated that professional bootleggers made about $4,000,000,000 ("Prohibiton, and It's Effects"). In summary, Prohibiton caused a lot of the organized crime in the 1920s, yes it didn't result in it but it did solidify it. Gangsters such as Al Capone and George "Bugs" Moran were able to rise up. The bootlegger's operations took money away from the economy and Prohibition caused a decline in the sales of industries that were expected to flourish.
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