Organized Crime: The American Shakedown

Archive Report

War Against the Mob

Finding Cracks in the ’Wall of Silence’

Organized crime in America has been called an “invisible empire.” But if you buy clothes, eat pizza, like to gamble or watch X-rated movies, its influence is a highly visible part of your life. To many business owners, organized crime is a necessary — if unwelcome — “middleman.” To consumers, it is one more reason for high prices. And to law enforcement authorities, it is a continuing menace — in the marketplace as well as back alleys. The gangster underworld is responsible for crimes ranging from stock fraud to arson. It controls labor unions, masterminds drug traffic and corrupts public officials. In the process, mobsters skim untold billions of tax-free dollars from the nation's economy ...

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