The Tentacles Spread


The repeal of Prohibition abruptly ended organized crime’s smuggling and speakeasy operations – but it didn’t end its ambitions. As with astute entrepreneurs, mobsters adapted. Emboldened by a decade of fat profits, and with a well-organized network to settle internal rivalries, the Mob explored gambling and other opportunities from Hollywood to Havana and all points in between. Even without bootlegging income, organized crime anticipated a lucrative future.