The Effects Of Organized Crime

The Mafia is a secret criminal organization that wields great
economic and political control over large segments of Sicilian society and
operates both criminal and legitimate enterprises in the United States. It
is believed to have originated during Sicily's late Middle Ages, beginning
as separate bands of strong-arm enforcers hired by locallandowners. It
eventually evolved into a network of autonomous groups governing in rural
areas, ruling a peasantry that received little effective government from a
succession of distant, often foreign, royal rulers.

In its present form, the Mafia is a loose alliance of many small
local groups, each bound by kinship (or a kinship relationship that ...

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forces. Today it
dominates much of the business and industry in Sicily's cities.

With the Sicilian immigrations of the late 19th century, the Mafia
began to operate in several large U.S. cities. Two of the strongest mafia
gangs in New York where controlled by Joe "The Boss" Masseria and Salvatore
Maranzano. They were known as the "Mustache Petes".

During the period of Prohibition (1920-33), it monopolized the
trade in bootleg liquor and controlled loan sharking, gambling, and
prostitution. Competing Mafia families established mutually recognized
territories, reaching agreement by negotiation or by intimidation. The
Mustache Petes continued to wage war against each other in what was called
the Castellamarese Wars. However, the lieutenants of these gangs had
developed other plans.

By the mid-1930s the Mafia had taken on the institutionalized
structure that is now typical of organized crime in the United States.
Salvatore Lucania "Lucky Luciano" had arranged the murders of the ...

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