Personal Perception of Organized Crime

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When I think of organized crime, I think back on those black and white movies, you know the ones with machine guns blazing, the old box cars racing to get away before the police showed up and the girls wearing those short dresses and doing the Charleston. A man's handshake meant something back then and you kept your word. So, when asked how would I describe organized crime? That is what I think of when I pose that particular question to myself. However, now after I have had my thoughts come back from a time when my grandmother's mother was alive, I think of terrorists and individuals whom do not have to follow any code of ethics to get what they want to achieve by any and all means necessary for their cause. Whether that is a noble cause like William Wallace the Irishman whom gave Ireland their freedom or one of such horror that one could not possibly fathom like 9/11.

I think the lines that organized crime always cross over is the key factors that motivate all greed. They commit crime for money, power, and respect. This is why all other aspects of an individuals or groups background really do not matter. These factors are the entwined purpose to such activity, and other concerns really do not make much of any difference. The motivational aspects from which these crimes are committed really illustrate that when class, religion, and other aspects of society are ignored to commit criminal acts, there must be a higher motivating force.

In reading chapter 1 of Organized Crime, I have come to find not one definition can completely define organized crime in fact; the above paragraph does not even describe organized crime in any way. What is defined by policemen are the attributes...