Rise of the American Criminal Industry between 1900-1940

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1900 A rise in crime levels as gangs grow stronger. Monk Eastman's Gang starts to pose a real threat to Paul Kelly's Five Points Gang. 1907 Michael Cassius McDonald dies and leaves a criminal industry in Chicago in the hands of opportunist gangsters coming in from all over the country. 1911 Mayer Lansky arrives in the U.S. and immediately starts to analyze conditions in the country with regard to Italian crime families with the purpose of getting involved in their affairs. 1919 Al Capone leaves New York with the purpose of starting illegal businesses in Chicago. Luciano's influence also solidified at this time, as the Volstead Act provided him with the perfect opportunity to start an illegal business. 1920 Prohibition started in the U.S. and provided crime families with the opportunity to get involved in particularly profitable affairs. John Colosimo, one of the most important gangsters in the U.S. is killed the same year, most probably because of his reluctance to get involved in alcohol trafficking. His death makes it possible for people to understand the full complexity of illegal affairs in the country as numerous other gangsters and even politicians attend his funeral. 1921 Johnny Torrio, Chicago's crime boss, brings in Capone as his bodyguard. 1924 Torrio manages to set the foundation of one of the most successful bootlegging businesses in the country. The Italian-American gangster also manages to invest large amounts of money into gambling and experiences
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