Fresh Air Interview: Jonathan Eig – ‘What You Didn’t Know About Gangster Al Capone’ : NPR

On how Chicago’s population felt about the mob

“I think at times Chicago’s population felt terrorized, but it wasn’t the machine guns that did it. … There were hardly any incidents in which innocent civilians were killed in these gang wars. It was really the gangsters being killed. And because the police weren’t doing anything to stop these guys, the fact that some of them died didn’t stir a lot of sympathy among most Chicagoans. The real issue for most Chicagoans was the damage it did to the city’s reputation. We already had an image of corrupt politics, we had a mayor who was widely perceived as being one of the most venal in the country’s history, and then you’ve got these gangsters walking down the street with machine guns shooting it out on Michigan Avenue in broad daylight. This is, as you can imagine, not good for business. So the city’s business leaders are really the first to raise a ruckus and say, ‘Something must be done about this.’ “

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