chicago mafia

Al Capone- inventor of milk expiration dates and all around nice fella

Although Al Capone is typically known as a gangster, to many people in his adopted city of Chicago, he was a modern-day Robin Hood.

Capone was the first person to open a soup kitchen to feed the poor during the Depression. At a time of 25 percent unemployment, Capone’s kitchens served three meals a day to ensure that everyone who had lost a job could get a meal. Soon, every city and town had a soup kitchen.

Capone did not only open them, but he would go to the soup kitchens and help serve the meals. These soup kitchens cost Capone thousands of dollars every day to keep running. It is said that Capone had a soft spot for people who were struggling.

It was reported that one of Capone’s family members in Chicago became ill from drinking expired milk. At that time, there were no controls on milk production or expiration.

This drew Capone’s interest to the milk business, and he saw several things: the milk distribution business had a shady character – and Capone was comfortable with shady businesses; he didn’t like to see people, especially children sickened by adulterated milk; he saw a potentially high profit in milk distribution; and with Prohibition soon to end, he had a fleet of trucks that could easily be used to transport milk.

Capone took two steps to move into the milk business. One was to acquire a milk processor, Meadowmoor Dairies. The other was to have the Chicago City Council pass a law requiring a visible date stamped on milk containers.

In 1930s Chicago, before refrigeration and supermarkets, milk was delivered by the milkman, a teamster’s union member. The union controlled the distribution of milk, whose freshness depended on how long the milk sat around until the driver delivered it.

The unions would only deliver local milk. Meadowmoor Dairies wanted to import cheeper milk from Wisconsin, and wanted it delivered by their own nonunion truckers.

With the negotiations at a standstill, Capone’s people reportedly kidnapped the union president and used the $50,000 ransom to purchase the dairy. The dairy was given as a present to Capone’s attorney, William Parrillo. Meadowmoor Dairies opened three months before Capone went to prison.

Yakuza (Japanese gangsters/mafia) at ceremony inducting the new “boss” as head man of all the different factions in Tokyo, Oct. 30, 1946. 

 The man on the left is the new boss, and the head men of the other factions can be distinguished by the markings on their jackets. 

These men control every working man in Tokyo, via kick-backs, job control, and other methods, commonly used by the Sicilian-American “omerta” mafia in Chicago and New York during the era. (AP photo)

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Hey I am still alive!

I finally realized some sketches for an idea that has been in my head for a long time!

It’s a short story set in the 1920′s about werewolves and bootleggers!
(TW: Abuse, Violence and historically accurate bigotry)

Dotty Bianchi: A demure trophy wife to a mob enforcer, she has been brought up to a good wife and a ‘proper lady.’ Despite her quiet demeanor she is just as much a force in the chicago underworld as her husband. When she has a chance to speak her mind she is forceful and has a biting wit, but she is often ignored because she is a woman. By remaining in the background she managed to learn the ins and outs of criminal underworld, and uses the secrets she gleans to get the upper hand on her enemies. She is deeply conflicted and scared because of her husband’s alcoholism and frequent physical abuse. Unfortunately she has no living family members and her husband controls her money so she often feels like she has nowhere to go.

Frank Bianchi: Husband to Dotty, a Capo in a chicago mafia family and a self made businessman, Frank struggles with where he wants to go in his life. He stands to move up in the mafia but also has prospects making an honest living, even though many of his businesses were established with mob funding. After becoming a Capo, he was clued in on the existence of magical creatures living in chicago and one of his duties is to wipe out any monsters that pose a threat to the family’s operations. He struggles with alcoholism and is abusive towards his wife, whom he keeps in line through fear. He is deeply conflicted with his place in the world and is easily lead into darkness, but he wants salvation that he seems to be always moving further away from.

Ivie Bonner: An immigrant, Ivie has recently taken over as the alpha of all werewolves in chicago after she killed their previous alpha who was cruel and violent. While many young werewolves are grateful to her, she faces resentment by the older werewolves and other monsters for her inexperience and unconventional leadership. While she can be protective of those in need, she is also a glory seeker who hungers for attention. Her “Hero Complex” causes her to constantly put herself in harm’s way even if people  don’t want her to. Her heroic antics often get her into more trouble than what she started out with, but she feels that she’d rather fail to be a hero than just stand back as a bystander. 

The plot so far, is that Ivie witnesses Dotty being struck by her husband and she rushes in to save her. Dotty isn’t exactly grateful to her “hero” and Ivie realizes that she has basically just kidnapped the wife of the mafia’s muscle man whose job is to kill monsters. 
The story is about the heartfelt (if a little misguided) romance between Ivie and Dotty, and the hijinks that ensue from them working together on the run from the mob and trying to stop a boiling supernatural turf war. Ivie has to learn how to be a good leader and how to handle her need for attention, while Dotty comes to terms with the abuse while trying to find a new place for herself in the world.
Throw in some tommy guns, some bootleggers and some werewolves and baby you got a stew going.

Thoughts?