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  • 1. Crime in the 1930’s Andrew Clidas P.1 4/20/09
  • 2. Milestones
    • During the 1930’s, there were many milestones for crime in the US.
    • Prohibition, which led to the rising of organized crime (the mob), and men like Al Capone who created a bloody war in the streets of Chicago.
    • The Lindbergh kidnapping led to kidnapping becoming a federal crime.
    • The formation of the FBI
  • 3. Reasons
    • In the 1930’s there were two factors that made crime widespread.
    • One was the Great Depression, which made some people desperate for money and willing to do anything.
    • The second was Prohibition, this allowed organized crime to expand their operations to illegal bootlegging, a very bloody crime.
  • 4. Famous criminals in the 1930’s
    • Some of the more famous criminals of the 1930’s were:
    • John Dillinger
    • Al Capone
    • George “Pretty Boy” Floyd
    • Bonnie and Clyde
    • “Baby Face” Nelson
  • 5. Prohibition
    • Prohibition was from 1919-1933, a period of time where it was illegal to make, sell, and transport alcohol made for consumption. Organized Crime took advantage of this and began distributing bootlegged alcohol.
  • 6. Al Capone
    • Ruled the streets of Chicago during Prohibition era.
    • Ordered the deaths of dozens of people and killed some with his own hands .
    • Was finally taken down by Eliot Ness and a group of Police know as the Untouchables.
  • 7. The Untouchables
    • A group of Chicago police officers led by Eliot Ness.
    • Know for being fearless and incorruptible.
    • Nicknamed “The Untouchables” by a member of the press.
    • Conducted raids on breweries throughout Chicago, resulting in millions of dollars of brewing equipment and alcohol taken from Capone.
  • 8. Lindbergh Kidnapping
    • 20 month old Charles Lindbergh Jr. was kidnapped on March 1, 1932 from his home in East Amwell, NJ.
    • A little over two months later, an infant body was discovered 4.5 miles from the Lindbergh’s home.
    • Over two years after the kidnapping, in September, 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in the Bronx.
    • Hauptmann was found guilty and was executed in 1936 after many attempted repeals.
  • 9. The FBI
    • The Federal Bureau of Investigation was formed in 1935.
    • It was formed when the Bureau of Prohibition and the Bureau of Investigation combined into one job.
    • The job of the FBI is to investigate crimes that violate federal law, until then they can not get involved.
  • 10. Miscellaneous
    • John Dillinger was the first Public Enemy Number 1, or FBI’s most wanted.
    • The murder rate in 1933 was at 9.7, one of the three highest ever in the US.
    • Al Capone was worth over $100,000,000 when he was finally arrested.
    • It is believed that George Machine Gun Kelly gave the name “G-Men” to FBI agents.