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Gangsters in the 1920's
Gangsters became more apparent in American society during the era of
prohibition. Gangsters realized they could make money by selling fake alcohol to
ordinary people but they did not put health & safety first and their main goal was
to make a profit. Gangsters fought for territory and business and this led to many
murders being committed. Prohibition created a rise in organized crime such as,
bootlegging and bank robbery.
Bank robbery
Bootlegging- illegal transportation of alcohol
Famous gangsters
Al capone
was involved in the illegal shipping of alcohol during prohibition, drug
smuggling and prostitution. Within 2 years, Capone was earning $60 million a
year from alcohol sales alone. Other rackets earned him an extra $45 million
a year. He also ordered the ST Valentines massacre of 1920 which saw
seven people murdered, no one was ever bought to trial for this crime.He
continued to run his crime ring whilst in prison.
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow (were wellknown
outlaws, robbers, and criminals who traveled the US with their gang during the
great depression. Though known today for his dozenorso bank robberies,
Barrow in fact preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations. The gang is
believed to have killed at least nine police officers and committed several
civilian murders. The couple themselves were eventually ambushed and killed
in Louisiana by law officers.
Bribery and corruption
During the 1920's many officials were corrupted and accepted bribes off
criminals and gangsters. Most prohibition officers were untrustworthy
and over half of them accepted bribes. Many gangsters got away with
crime and murder by bribing or threatening officials. Chicago PD was rife
with corruption as 80% to 90% of all officers were someone's payroll.


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