Essay about Organized Crime

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Organized Crime


Organized crime has always been occupied with a negative label. Perhaps this is due to the constantly changing environment in America as well as the social state of its homeland, Europe. Our society is convinced that the so-called Mafia is a family of pure criminals, pimps, and murderers. Whatever the opinion, there is no doubt that the Mafia played a big part in the history of America and the way Americans view crime today. "The origins of the secret society known as the Mafia are believed to be as old as the 9th century" (Mafia History). During the 9th century, the Mafia's main purpose was to strengthen themselves against enemies, which invaded their homeland in Sicily. It was supposed to create a strong feeling of
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You come in on your feet and you go in a coffin. Then the new members were asked if they were capable of even killing their own blood family on command" (Mafia Life). Along with the ceremony, the mobster was told of the rules he must abide by. The most important rule in organized crime was the rule called the Omerta. " The Omerta is a code of silence. A vow never to reveal any Mafia secrets or member under threat of torture or death" (Mafia History). Another rule was the obedience rule. "The obedience rule stated that the member must at all times be loyal to the boss or Don. A third law of the Mafia was the assistance to any befriended Mafia faction, no questions asked. A few others included, Avenge any attack on members of the family, because an attack on one was an attack on all, and the last rule was to avoid any and all contact with the authorities" (Mafia History). There is still much we don?t know about the Mafia due to the fact that the very first rule when inducted is the Omerta. Along with the many members involved with the Mafia, there were just as many ethnic families that existed if not more. "Mafia families were growing very large in 1800?s" (Mafia History). The reason for the large swelling of crime in America was because of the vicious increase in foreign immigrants during that time in America. "Three million Irish, four million Italians, and four million Jews immigrated to America. They immigrated for a…

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