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America still had gang violence during this time. Monk Eastman (Edward Osterman) ran a gang of about 1,200 people. They charged what seems to be a going rate $15.00 to chew someone's ear off and kill the whole person was $100.00 (13).
A gang called "The Black Hand" (La Mano Nera) operated in American cities. Their main racket was extortion, they used threats , bombings, kidnappings, and other types of threats accompanied by a letter stamped with the fearsome symbol of a black handprint and a menacing dagger. They threaten business people, professional people, prominent people, and even other gangsters (14).
Al Capon was a gunman for the Five Points Gang and move to Chicago to escape a murder charge, before he gained notoriety during prohibition(15 ).
violent crime increased by 50 percent in Los Angeles in 1943. LA Police reported doubling of arrest juvenile delinquency between 1940 and 1943. this was probably due to war time expansion (16).
Due to racial tensions in California on May 1944 more than 100 Black Youths stormed a trolley car and beat its white passengers (17 ).
The Los Angels Times said about gang violence on August 10 1942 "City and County authorities last night continued their relentless drive against youthful "pachuco" gangs, arresting 30 additional suspects to boost the two-day total of arrests to more than 300 in what was termed the biggest roundup since prohibition days. . . . Captain Joe Reed . . . who directed the roundup of the youthful terrorists, announced the following "breakdown" of charges against the suspects: suspicion of robbery, 48, suspicion of assault with deadly weapon, 39, violation of selective service registration, 20. . . . The law enforcement officials
stationed themselves at scores of intersections throughout the eastern edge of the city and nearby points in the county, checking all auto-
mobiles that passed and arresting suspicious youths. Police seized more than 100 knives with blades ranging from 3 to 6 inches in length,
half a dozen butcher knives, three revolvers, several daggers and stilettos, several lengths of steel chain, which the police said the youths
wrap around their hands to slug opponents in their gang fights. "(18 ).
The Justice Department announced that they were after 1000 to 1500 racketeers running crime syndicate across America. Is this current news? No its from 1958(19 ).
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