1. THE MAFIA
The mafia was an organized crime type that began in SICILLY, ITALY. The greatest of them all was SALVATORE MARANZANO. They had what they called the MAFIA FAMILIES which indulged in dirty business practices and occasionally ELIMINATION THROUGH MURDER.
Other mafia families included:
a) THE BONANNO FAMILY
b) THE COLOMBO FAMILY
c) THE GAMBINO FAMILY
d) THE GENOVESSE FAMILY
e) THE LUCHESSE FAMILY
When the ITALIAN DICTATOR, BENITO MUSOLINI BECAME PRIME MINISTER, he began a crackdown on the mafia to allow him impose a fascist regime, this made some mafia members flee home and some ended up in prison. This development reduced their business and crime activities to an impactful level.
During this period, the PROHIBITION LAWS IN THE UNITED STATES HAD BEEN OPERATIONAL the sale of alcohol was been regulated because the government felt that the population would be much more productive when sober.
This was a great opportunity for the MAFIA ILLEGAL ALCOHOL BUSINESS; they began controlling ILLEGAL DRINKING DENS.
THE MAFIA mostly made their money by engaging in smuggling, drug trade, racketeering, illegal gambling, and infiltrating labor unions
During their DEBUT TENURE, crimes rose to dangerous levels. Some of the crimes included MURDER, RAPE, ROBBERY and ASSAULT. This was due to disagreements about control of business zones and betrayals by allies and foot soldiers. Interestingly to note, the mafia were also viewed as celebrities with some of their activities having been featured in films.
2. CRIMES OF THE GREATEST GANGSTERS
THE EMERGENCE OF GANGS IN THE 1920s saw a rise in crime celebrities like JOHN DILLINGER AND BABY FACE. These were the greatest gangsters of all time. The gangsters engaged in bank robberies, robbery with violence, muggings, rape, assault and burglary.
They managed to evade capture and arrest for so long that the population viewed them as heroes. The traditional methods of fighting crimes were proving ineffective and police were relying on information from the public to help in capture by placing a reward on the WANTED PERSONS. The most wanted persons in the 1920s were:
a) John Dillinger
b) Baby face nelson
c) Bonnie and clyde
d) Pretty boy Floyd
e) Machine gun Kelly
f) Ma baker