The Mob. The Irish Mafia. The mere mention of these terms brings a thrill and excitement to many, while describing some of the most brutal criminals in America. They have been glorified in countless movies and books; the stories of their exploits make for excellent entertainment. However, the reality is that those involved in organized crime are as violent as they are portrayed in Hollywood, and seldom as glamorous. In this paper, we will provide an introduction to the Irish Mafia, description of its organizational structure, detailed history of the operation, activities, and participants involved in the Irish Mafia, and crime control strategies for this group.
Introduction to the Irish MafiaThe Irish Mafia, also known as the Irish Mob, is known as one of the oldest organized crime groups in America. The Irish mob has, or has had, establishments in most of the major U.S.
cities, such as New York, Chicago, and Boston. They have also been established in Ireland, England, Canada, and Australia.
The Irish mob's earliest known existence in America began in the early 19th century. Like many immigrants, the Irish came to America to find work and to escape the rampant poverty in their country. They dreamed of a life that Ireland could never provide for them. However, upon arrival in America, they soon learned that early American prejudice toward the Irish immigrant created an environment where the Irish immigrants were treated as outcasts. Although there was plenty of work, many business owners simply refused to hire Irish workers. The immigrants had to band together in order to overcome this prejudice. They were not able to find work, so some resorted to a life of crime. Street gangs such as the Charlestown Mob and the Winter Hill Gang were established in the...