A violent career criminal.
A gangster is usually a member of a group who is formed predominantly
for engaging in crime as a means to easy profit.
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
Contrary to popular belief, gangsters
do not live in a world like
that represented in popular media
live in a paranoid, ultra-violent world that is devoid
of humanity. They bash, rob and murder other
people in the name of profit.
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
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.
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
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
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
- Protection rackets. This is where
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.
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.
gangster, accused of murder and labor racketeering, refused
to testify at his trial.