A gangster is usually a member of a group who is formed predominantly for engaging in crime as a means to easy profit.
Often represented in popular media as respectful "men of honour" who engage in crime due to societal forces such as poverty. They are confusingly seen as people who live powerful, interesting lives when the opposite is often true.
Contrary to popular belief, gangsters do not live in a world like that represented in popular media. Gangsters live in a paranoid, ultra-violent world that is devoid of humanity. They bash, rob and murder other people in the name of profit.
Gangsters are generally the worst type of criminal as they have chosen crime as a career. This makes any attempt at rehabilitation by the penal system usually a lost cause.
They are typically un-educated, lacking in intellect, and use violence to solve all problems. The race of the gangster is typically a non-issue. Ie, Italian gangsters are not much different from Russian or African gangsters. As they are all of similair upbringings they tend to have the same lack of intellect and impulsive personalities of most criminals.
As gangsters are members of large groups, they can be difficult to prosecute. Witnesses are often intimidated or killed. In addition gangsters may intimidate prison guards, and infiltrate labour unions and other areas of lawful society. People are too scared to do anything about the gangsters for fear of being killed.
Examples of crime engaged in by gangsters:
- Loan Sharking ("Shylocking"). This is where money is lent at exorbitant compound interest rates. Eg a "10 points" loan would be 10% interest compounded weekly ;
- Commercial armed robbery. This is where truck and aeroplane cargo is stolen through sophisticated planning;
- Drug trafficking. Gangsters typically produce the drugs and sell them to low-level "street" drug dealers, which reduces their risk and increases their profit.
- Protection rackets. This is where the gangsters destroy premises and assault workers of illegal industries such as drug dealers, brothel owners and illegal casinos. The owners must pay the gangsters money or risk more violence; as the owners are engaged in illegal activity they cannot go to the police for help. The gangsters then protect the store from themselves and competing gangsters.
- Murder. This is the gangster's "tool of the trade". It is used to solve problems such as outstanding debts, competing gangsters, witnesses to crimes, and to remove members of the gang for various reasons.
Gangsters typically either die young, are incarcerated for long periods of time, or turn state's evidence and testify against their fellow gang members in return for re-location and immunity.
New York Mafia (Gambino Crime Family; John Gotti; Bugsy Siegel), Bloods/Crips, Hell's Angels (Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs)
The Police found two bodies buried under an abandoned Brooklyn parking lot. The deceased allegedly owed large amounts of money to Bronx gangsters as part of a strip-joint shakedown scam.
The bona-fide gangster, accused of murder and labor racketeering, refused to testify at his trial.
Exceptionally small, isolated city in Western Australia.
Perth has a quaint "village" feel to it. This means that you see the same people all the time, and everything you do is remembered.
Perth is filled with drunken, violent Aborigines. They typically engage in small-time crime such as muggings and assault, but they travel in large packs. The majority of the white population has an inherent racism towards Aborigines that is not unfounded. Very few Aborigines do anything useful with their lives other than chew up welfare funds. The State government is then preoccupied with "law and order" at any election - ie move-on notices, public drinking fines, youth curfews, etc. most of which are targeted at Aborigines.
For a small city Perth has strangely violent inhabitants. It's not uncommon for a bar fight to turn into a murder very quickly. This could be attributed to the boredom.
Typical Perth people are alcoholic, small-minded, arrogant people. They follow the latest trends yet cannot stand it when somebody is successful. To be successful in Perth you have to know the right people, which means sucking up a lot.
Perth is plagued by boredom. As a result the teenagers and young adults abuse drugs and alcohol on a vast scale. Weekends consist of getting written-off on booze (Beer is the fave) and attempting to recover before work on monday.
The general population has a strange fascination with the 5 outlaw motorcycle gangs (God's Garbage, Coffin Cheaters, Club Deroe's, Gypsy Jokers, Rebels) who kill each other over the drug turf. This is about the only interesting thing that happens in the "underworld".
Perth has beautiful weather that makes the summer an excellent time for water-sports.
Generally, the people in Perth want to leave and go on to bigger and better things.
Ay cunt, give me ya fuckin' wallet! You want me to bust ya hole, cunt?
"Hey timbo, what you doing tonight mate?"'Getting on the piss mate!' "Fucken' oath eh!"
Perth is a dump! I can't wait until I can leave this shithole for Sydney or New York.