Small numbers of women joined the police ranks in the 1920s. Shown here is Chicago policewoman Anna Sheridan, with pistol, in 1928. http://chicagohistorymuseum.tumblr.com/post/12284760354/small-numbers-of-women-joined-the-police-ranks-in DN-0084697. #chicago #history #crime #policewomen
THE LAST DON: "MICKEY" COHEN -- THE SUNSET KINGPIN was a ruthless gangster based in Los Angeles and part of the Jewish Mafia. He also had strong ties to the American Mafia from the 1930s through 1960s.
Prohibition - The lack of a solid popular consensus for the ban resulted in the growth of vast criminal organizations, including the modern American Mafia, and various other criminal cliques. Widespread disregard of the law also generated rampant corruption among politicians and within police forces.
A 1930s-gangster in classic form. By the spring of 1934, famous criminals ran rampant throughout the US. John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson and the Barker-Karpis gang seemingly robbed and killed at will. They were too clever to be outwitted, too cool under pressure to lose in shootouts against any pursuers - or so the public was led to believe.
John Dillinger's story is ironic. Legend has it he robbed banks under the guise of shooting a movie and analyzed bank security systems by saying he was location scouting for films. He enjoyed going to the pictures and seeing clips about 'Public Enemy #1', himself, on the big screen. America's first 'Hollywood Criminal' eventually met his demise at a night out at the Biograph Theater in Chicago, IL