CRIME: Again, Chicago

The front pages of Chicago's newspapers almost ignored the war. They had more exciting news. Headlines blazoned accounts of kidnapping and murder. Accompanying stories hinted at the rise of a new gangland mob: the "wise boys" said that the "Syndicate," or the "Outfit"—presumably the remnants of the old Capone gang—was being muscled out. Black-market traffic in liquor* and even in cheese was involved; so was the overlordship of gambling, bawdyhouses and numerous other rackets. Then, to top it off, to give the stories the real burnt-powder smell of the turbulent '20s, the...

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