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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-30-07 09:04 PM
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10. Organized crime is an equal opportunity profession
Edited on Mon Jul-30-07 09:12 PM by bobthedrummer
I don't think that a disclaimer is really necessary anymore when it comes to organized crime. It has been present in all cultures, and OC is a subculture comprised of many variants.

In the USA as successive groups of immigrants arrived so did criminals that sought to expand their influence. Power struggles between (and within) these groups brought about alliances and a system overseen by a sanctioning body.

To me, OC=organized corruption-regardless of the dominant surnames, race/ethnicity and various stereotypes attached to each.

OC has its own "ethics" and is run as a corporation ("business") that has its own tactics of mergers and acquisitions, hostile takeovers, franchises, partnerships, etc.

OC partnerships with government and law enforcement led to communities where OC was the government, like Cicero, Illinois.

No one should take offense today when some links about OC in Wisconsin come from a website called because OC is an equal opportunity profession, and OC here has always been associated with Chicago.

Here are a few links offered w/o comment in this first post about OC in Wisconsin.

"The Brothers Capone (Part One)" by Allan May Crime Historian 11-8-1999 (from American

"Milwaukee" by Jay C. Ambler Investigative Journalist (from American

Testimony of Virgil Peterson (Operating Director Chicago Crime Commission) to Kefauver Committee July 6, 1950: United State Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce

Fair use cited on all links

In the next post about OC, I'll be discussing people like WI. US Senator Alexander Wiley(R) (that was Chippewa Falls own son asking Virgil Peterson on July 6, 1950 "IS YOUR TESTIMONY GOING TO APPLY TO GANGS, AS YOU SAY, ATTEMPTING TO TAKE OVER LOCAL GOVERNMENT?"), Marquette Law School grad and later US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John L. Coffey (in 1962 Coffey began a three year John Doe investigation of corruption in the Milwaukee Police Department and Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department resulting in 30 indictments) and others.

I'll be posting about neocons before OC. I also extend my apology to Georgia Pabst for making a typo on her name in the OP and going past the edit time.

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