Organized Crime Group Analysis Since the 1800s, the popular and largest criminal organization known as the “Italian Mafia” has taken a big part in operations consisting in social and economics of Italy and made a significant impact internationally. The Italian Mafia is the most popular, violent, secretive, widespread organizations of all criminal history. The New World Encyclopedia describes the Mafia or also called La Cosa Nostra as “a secret organized crime society that first developed in mid-nineteenth century Sicily, spread to the East Coast (New York) of the United States following waves of Sicilian and southern Italian emigration during the late nineteenth century, and grew in the twentieth century to be the strongest organized crime society in the country” (New World Encyclopedia, pg. 1, 2008). According to an FBI overview The Italian Mafia started as: underground secret society formed initially as resistance fighters against the invaders and to exact frontier vigilante justice against oppression.
After all, the father of this great country was the largest whiskey distiller in the late 1700’s (Towe 164). Time would show how Prohibition, with the greatest of intents, led to some negative side effects such as increased crime rates, public disrespect for the law, as well as providing the establishment of criminal organizations – most notable the American Mafia (Florien). The 18th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution aided in the formation of organized crime by providing the basic foundation required for any fledgling business: economics,
The mafia had split the U.S.A. into separate territories, with one gang controlling each territory, but there was always internal conflict going on throughout these territories, with mob bosses being deposed and replaced all the time. The mafia had control over all the speakeasies and bootleg alcohol during the prohibition period and made millions from it, which was used to help them commit horrific attacks on other gangs which any normal person would get a life imprisonment for. One of these crimes is the ‘St .Valentine’s Day Massacre’ committed by Al Capone. The mafia is one of the most famous organisations in the world, due to its infamous activities during the 20th Century. Prohibition was the Eighteenth Amendment to
Amber Grimes American Gangster The movie that I chose was American Gangster. American Gangster tells a story about how the emerge of drug traffic and trade was in the streets of Harlem, New York. Denzel Washington plays real life gangster- Frank Lucas back in the 70s that was originally from North Carolina. Lucas moves to Harlem and is apprenticed under a notorious crime boss- Bumpy. Frank became involved after seeing how his idol Bumpy had the respect, money and power to do what he wanted.
I’m gonna hook you up” (Honey). He doesn’t act like a regular criminal but he rather acts like he’s a fine business man. Needless to say, there’s a theme of crime in “American Gangster” also. Frank, the boss of a gang selling drugs, shows every elements of crime in New York. He sells drugs, shoots people, and bribes cops.
Paul Ricca’s rise to power began in Cuba when Ricca met Joseph “Diamond Joe” Espinoza who was a Chicago bootlegger and restaurant owner. After he arrived in New York, Espinoza brought him to Chicago, and put Ricca to work smuggling whiskey from Cuba and moonshine liquor from Kentucky to Chicago. Sensing potential, Espinoza appointed him as maitred’ at the Bella Napoli, his restaurant. Which was the source of his nickname “The Waiter”. Restaurants were popular to many gangsters, including the leader of the south side Al Capone.
Al Capone was one of the most famous gangster who made a profits during Prohibition, it is estimated that he made $60 million from bootlegging alone, He took control of the whole Chicago liquor industry by killing off all the competition in the area, he had a good talent for avoiding jail. The St Valentine’s Day massacre is a good example of how extreme the organized crime became, on the 14th February 1929, two rival gangs, one led by Al Capone and the other led by Bugs Moran, 7 mob associates were killed out in broad daylight on the
In the 18th Century, gang problem became worse as the new generation of immigrants continue to enter the United States. During this time, Irish gangs like Whyos, Dead Rabbits and Plug Uglies and Jewish gangs like the Monk Eastman Gang brought terror in New York City streets (Lou Savelli, 2001). In the 19th Century, the most notorious gang was formed – the Five Points Gang. One of the most notorious members of the Five Points Gang was a young boy of Italian descent in the name of Alphonse Capone also known as Scarface. His whole life was an illustration of the power and influence of organized crime in the United States during the 19th Century (“Al Capone”).
Rockefeller Robber Barron or Captian of Industry? Rockefeller had to be ruthless in order to get what he got. However, he did have tremendous influence over the American business world of his time. I would have to say that he was both robber baron and captain of
20th century saw a rise in the mafia gangs of five families mainly in the city including black spades and supreme teams. Major riots have been occurred since the late 19th century. Its all began when the son of Sam was involved in serial killing and terrorized the whole city. Crime was highest in the 18th century and was peaked in 19th century. Government of New York City operates as one of the biggest law enforcement agencies in the United States and its functions are duplicated by the municipal agencies.