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Crime Is No Longer a Family Business in Chicago
WSJ ^ | 30 July 2021 | Joseph Epstein

Posted on 07/31/2021 8:29:36 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT

The Syndicate was brutal, but it wasn’t random and ubiquitous like violence in the 21st century.

When I was a kid and told people not from Chicago, the city of my birth and upbringing, where I was from, it wasn’t uncommon for them to raise their arms as if holding a machine gun, murmur ratatatatatat, then utter “ Al Capone. ” Capone died in 1947,

Under the Syndicate such crime tended to be perpetrated on those who couldn’t pay their gambling or loan debts or attempted to step into territory thought to be exclusively the Syndicate’s.

They might bully someone on a golf course, or take over the best tables at city steakhouses, but they didn’t shoot into crowds, hijack your car, or wantonly kill children. In their day, the local television news didn’t open with yet another mother weeping over her murdered child.

Muggings and murders in Chicago are now taking place in once quiet middle-class neighborhoods such as Rogers Park and even in swanky ones such as Streeterville. A new crime du jour in the city is the hit-and-run, the perpetrator as often as not driving a stolen car.

Such has been the spread of crime in Chicago, I now find I lock my door as soon as I get in my car; I leave a full space between my car and the car in front of me at stoplights, allowing room to swerve away from any potential carjackers. I don’t check my phone at stoplights. I walk the streets of Chicago warily, even in relatively safe neighborhoods, and seldom go out at night.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Society
KEYWORDS: thesyndicate
Milo Minderbinder retired long ago.

We had a 'connected' family who lived next door, very nice people and they paid me well to cut their lawn.

They would go to church and a few minutes later the local and county cops would pry open the door check out the inside of the house. After a while, they simply left the doors open.

Good neighbors as far as I knew.

1 posted on 07/31/2021 8:29:36 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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Full TXT:

2 posted on 07/31/2021 8:33:16 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (("The enemy has overrun us. We are blowing up everything. Vive la France!"Dien Bien Phu last message)
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The top comment at WSJ:
The source of the problem of disorganized crime no one ever mentions, as if it were forbidden: The absence of fathers in black families. The bearing of children without a father to serve as a role model. Single women see nothing wrong in bringing children into the world without a father to help raise them. These fatherless children face poverty and violence, which they both receive and actively participate in. This is the source of violence in Chicago and our cities. Not racism, not guns on the street - children born without fathers. The government is the father, and a distant father he is.

3 posted on 07/31/2021 8:34:45 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (("The enemy has overrun us. We are blowing up everything. Vive la France!"Dien Bien Phu last message)
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The only crime comes from roving bands of skin heads working hard to marginalize people and keep people down

4 posted on 07/31/2021 8:35:34 AM PDT by dsrtsage ( Complexity is just simple lacking imagination)
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Organized crime figured out that the big money to be stolen is in government.

The Pelosi Crime Family is part of The Democrat Party Crime Syndicate.

5 posted on 07/31/2021 8:38:00 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer”)
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To: dsrtsage

Murder is entertainment, just like the old Roman Empire and our civilization is falling from within, like Rome did in times past. We will now return to being ruled by Pagan Religion and the multiple heathen gods of the Democrat Party.

6 posted on 07/31/2021 10:33:56 AM PDT by Colt1851Navy (What was wrong with Nixon?)
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