So what are the Major Differences Between the Gangs of Yesterday and Today,
and MODERN ORGANIZED CRIME?
FIRST, Organized Crime became a REAL FORCE When the Many Ethnic,
Neighborhood, and Independent Gangs Realized Three Things;
- That PROHIBITION WAS A DREAM COME TRUE.
- Making Money was the ONE THING ALL WANTED,
AND KILLING EACH OTHER WAS COSTING TIME AND
- It is Much Easier to CORRUPT CERTAIN POLITICIANS
AND OTHERS IN CIVIL AUTHORITY, THEN TO FIGHT THEM.
To go through all the Changes and Characters that Populate the History
of Crime in the U.S during the 19th and 20th Centuries would fill
Volumes, so I'll stick to some of the More Important Facts and Figures.
It is often Amusing how American History has been Skewed to
Dramatize the Importance of Outlaw Gangs in the "OLD WEST", as the
Forerunners of Todays Criminal Element.
Sorry to Destroy this Myth, but while They could be Vicious, Cruel, and as
Murderous as any other, it was the GANGS CREATED IN THE MAJOR CITIES
OF THE EAST AND MIDWEST THAT GAVE RISE TO MODERN ORGANIZED CRIME.
GANGS FROM THESE LOCALES WOULD BECOME THE FOUNDATION
FOR THE LARGEST AND MOST SUCCESSFUL CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES
WE HAVE TODAY.
Oh, by the way, if you are Thinking that I am Referring to such"GANGS"
as the "DILLINGERS", "BARKERS", OR ''BONNY AND CLYDE", NOTHING
COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.