CRIME: $104,000 of Freedom

Last fortnight in Manhattan Federal agents arrested stubby, mild-mannered John Torrio, Chicago's No. i racketeer in the early 1920's and Al Capone's onetime boss, for an ordinary revenue law violation (TIME, May 4). Bail was set at a supposedly prohibitive $100,000. Last week a plump, elderly woman walked into Manhattan's U. S. District Court, dipped deep into her black purse, pulled out a fat wad of bills, carefully peeled off 97 crisp $1,000 bills, four $500 bills, ten $100 bills. A gaping clerk counted them, recounted them, made out a receipt for...

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