Much of Frank Lucas’s childhood life explains his motivation for living a life of crime. When he was 12 years old he witnessed the death of his cousin by the KKK for looking at a Caucasian woman in Greensboro, North Carolina (American Gangster True Story). Being young he was committing petty crimes until he engaged in a fight with his employer. He fled to New York where he drifted through petty crimes and pool hustling until gangster Bumpy Johnson took him under his wing. After Johnson’s death, Lucas broke the monopoly that the Italian mafia held in New York.
john franzese John Franzese was born in 1919 in Naples to Carmine Franzese and Maria Carvola. He has 3 brothers, Onufrio, Michael and Louis. His year of birth is also sometimes stated as 1917, but according to his FBI file and his son Michael he was born in 1919. The family brought their children to America where they grew up in Brooklyn. Soon he began a career of stealing and murder, working his way up as an enforcer for Joseph Profaci.
Starting out as a successful gambler, Arnold Rothstein earned the nickname The Brain for his keen organizational skills, criminal versatility, and clever leadership. His was also called Moneybags for his loan sharking activity and willingness to bankroll other mobster’s schemes (Pietrusza, 2003). Unlike most members of organized crime, Rothstein was an equal opportunity gangster and recruited based on talent instead of along strictly ethnic or religious lines. He has been called the founder of the Jewish Mafia; however, many Italian-American mobsters got their start under him. K. By 1914, Rothstein had become one of the kings of gambling in New York.
Introduction Monster: an Autobiography of an L.A. Gang tells the story of Kody Scott and how he joined and left the gang life. Kody Scott grew up in a world of violence, gangs, suffering, and in a life of struggle during the nineteen sixties and seventies. Kody was born into the gang life in South Central Los Angeles whether he liked it or not because of the corruption going on there at the time. Kody’s life would be greatly affected by the outnumbering gangs growing around the area where he lived.
Al became a part of a couple of different gangs growing up, such as the Bowery Boys and the Junior Forty Thieves. He then moved up to bigger city gangs like the Brooklyn Rippers and the Malicious Five Points Gang. It was during Capone’s time working for a bartender name Frankie Yale when he obtained the scars that gave him the nickname “Scarface”. Capone was slashed three times in the face by Frank Gallucio, for insulting his sister as he was working at the door of a Brooklyn night club, not knowing that in the near future Frank would, ironically, become the bodyguard of Mr. Al Capone. In 1927 Capone fled New York and moved to Chicago to reunite with his mentor Torrio, who saw many job opportunities such as bootlegging during the prohibition.
To begin, here is some background on the gangs that will be discussed. One gang that has grown rapidly throughout the years in New Jersey is the Bloods. The Bloods are an African-American gang that started in Los Angeles, California. The primary reason why the Bloods are so huge and notorious today is because they wanted to compete against the intimidation and rivalry of the Crips. It all started when the Pirus, a set underneath the Crips, separated during an internal gang war.
Al CaponeAl Capone who was born on January 17th 1899, his family where Italian immigrants and he was one of nine children. He was expelled from school aged 14 after hitting a female teacher; it was then that he first got involved in organised crime when Johnny Torrio became his ‘mentor.’ After small stints with Gangs; Junior Forty Thieves and the Bowery Boys he proceeded to join the powerful Five Points gang based in Lower Manhattan it was during this time he got his now famous scars on his face after insulting a female patron working as a Bouncer. Capone left New York for Chicago in 1923. In 1925 Capone gained control of the Five Points Gang after its previous Boss was injured severely. When prohibiton was introduced Capone gained a vast amount
In America in the time of the 1960’s drugs were a phenomenon. The rise of drugs began this decade. Law officials cant exactly pin point when, where, and how drugs came to America. But have worked many decades to lock up drug dealers who distribute to society. Many distributors are or well known as gangsters.
And in the high ranks of organized crime and violence was Al Capone. Alphonso Capone was born on January 17, 1899, in Brooklyn, New York. He was one of seven children born to Gabriel and Teresa Capone, who came to the United States from Italy in 1893. His father was a barber. Capone attended school through the sixth grade, at which point he beat up his teacher one day, then was beaten
A significant percentage of company flotations were fraudulent during the nineteenth century. Although the behaviour of the corrupt businessman provoked outrage and, when caught and convicted, a hefty prison sentence, he was usually described as an exception to the rule, a 'black sheep' or a 'rotten apple' in contemporary parlance. He was not conceived as a member of those who, particularly in the 1860s, the Victorians labelled as 'the criminal class'. | Overall crime had definitely increased during the industrial revolution as there were much more different items you could thieve so this was a big temptation for people to steal. Also the increase in robbery.