The 1920s were a deadly time. Prohibition and the Great Depression went head-on, creating a violent battleground of corruption in the US. Passed in 1920, the 18th Amendment banned the manufacturing, sale, and consumption of alcohol, which led to a growth in speakeasies and bootlegging—and plenty of organized crime.
We’ve all heard of Al Capone, guilty of murder, bootlegging, gambling, and prostitution operations. The infamous duo Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were gunned down by officers on May 23, 1934, after bank theft, robbery, and murder. Los Angeles mob boss Mickey Cohen was another big name. Arrested for tax evasion (guilty of murder and more), he served time in Alcatraz only to die of stomach cancer at 62.