Organized Crime

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Infobase Publishing, Jan 1, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 117 pages
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Organized crime has long posed one of the greatest criminal challenges to law enforcement. Considered a different type of crime than those committed by individuals or small groups of criminals, these are crimes committed by an organized mob that work together and share in the profits. From the criminal gangs in early American history, to the outlaw gangs of the Old West, to the bootleggers of Prohibition, organized crime has a long history in the United States. Today, numerous organized crime families still exist - the best known, perhaps, is the Mafia - but there are many other types of criminal groups. Organized Crime details the range of tactics police use to identify, combat, and prevent organized crimes.Chapters include, Informants: They Call Them Rats; Surveillance: Wiring Informants and Tapping Phones; The Big Bust; Famous Rubouts; and When the Government Declares War.
 

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Contents

Foreword
7
Acknowledgments
11
Introduction
13
Making Money
21
The MoleInfiltrating the Mob
25
Informants They Call Them Rats
31
Surveillance Wiring Informants Tapping Phones and Snapping Pictures
41
The Big Bust
49
When the Government Declares War
81
A Brief History of the Gambino Crime family
89
Chronology
97
Endnotes
101
Glossary
104
Bibliography
105
Further Resources
109
Index
110

Innovations and New Law
55
Other Mobs
61
Famous Rubouts
71
About the Author
115
About the Consulting Editor
116
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Michael Benson is a journalist, filmmaker, and artist. His work has been published in the "New York Times", the "Atlantic", "Rolling Stone", and the "Nation".

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