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  1. Introduction.
    1. The city of Chicago.
    2. Colonel Robert Isham Randolph.
  2. Correctly examining the ending of Capone's reign.
    1. Capone's continued development of a name and reputation.
    2. Chicago's mob scene.
    3. Capone - on the verge of breaking out and extending his span of control.
    4. Through the eyes of the majority of Chicago's citizens.
    5. Effects on the city's tourism industry.
    6. The first of the aptly named Crime Crusaders.
    7. The Secret Six.
  3. Capone's release on a fifty thousand dollar bond until the trial.
  4. Capone's trial October 6, 1931.
    1. The arguments in defense of the gangster.
    2. The fifth day of the trial.
    3. Eight years to come to a verdict.
  5. Conclusion.

The city of Chicago, Illinois has experienced numerous monumental periods and events during its history. From the famous Chicago Fire to the creation of the world's tallest building, it is quite easy to declare Chicago's past to be very eventful. With any form of history, there are positive and negative aspects that change the development of the area. Organized crime, often referred to as the mob scene, became a major trait of the city's personality. During the 1920's and 1930's, the mob scene was at its height, and it reached the point where law enforcement was helpless in its attempts to stop or hinder the acts committed by the gangsters of the time. This window of opportunity allowed many mobsters to rise to power in a very vulnerable city. By far the most famous and influential crime syndicate leader was Al Capone. Capone was connected to, or responsible for, the majority of murders and criminal acts that occurred in Chicago, and thus became one of the most powerful men in the city. He could effortlessly escape capture by means of pay-offs and bribes, not to mention the fact that he always had an alibi when a crime was committed. Capone, along with others, struck fear into the hearts of any and all who considered trying to end the mob rule in the city. This overwhelming control from a crime syndicate, in turn, affected the entire city of Chicago and its inhabitants from economic, political and social standpoints.

[...] The jury sentenced Al ?Scarface? Capone to ten years in federal prison coupled with a fine of fifty thousand dollars.[34] The Crime Crusaders had finally accomplished their goal, and it was worth the wait. The trial itself was a distinguished event in Chicago society. Apart from major news coverage, many of Chicago's citizens found themselves forced onto one side or the other of the debate. Capone had reached a state of prominence nationwide, and the media allowed Americans from coast to coast to follow the trial. [...]


[...] This group was responsible for the taking down of many famous Chicago based mobsters, along with Capone. Anon, Al Capone (Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia, accessed May/June 2006); available from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Capone#Birth_and_early_life; Internet. Ibid Ibid Ibid Dennis E. Hoffman, Scarface Al and the Crime Crusaders: Chicago's Private War Against Capone (Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 1993) Anon Ibid Rick Hornung, Al Capone (New York: Park Lane Press, 1998) Anon Hoffman Hornung Hoffman Ibid Ibid Ibid Ibid Ibid Ibid [20]Robert Grant and Joseph Katz, Great Trials of the Twenties (New York: Sarpedon, 1998) Ibid Ibid The Volstead Act [...]


[...] Capone grew up in the city of New York, where he quietly gained a name for himself in crime circles. He found himself a part of the gang scene from an early age, and joined two major street gangs as a teenager in Brooklyn. It was as a member of these gangs that he raised to a position of leadership, and soon he was contacted by New York's Five Points Gang to be recruited.[2] At the time, this prominent gang ruled the streets of the city, and Capone took it as an honor to be selected as a member. [...]

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