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A Foreign "Special Commissioner" Sees Only One Way Out /for America, Held in the Merciless Grip of Crime. "Oh vxtO- some power The gijtie 0ie us To see oursd's A.S ithers see us/" A MERICA, a commercial beehive bursting with energy, launching new forms in art, sponsoring innovations in the drama, holding an enviable place in contemporary letters, presents presents a fascinating study for Europeans. J?ut Europe has its commerce. It has art, drama and literature. What, then, has America that Europe has not? MURDER MOBS! The crime situation in America is a source of never-ending amazement to the good people who dwell at the eastern .marge of the "frantic Atlantic." Atlantic." Europe, of course, has its criminal element, element, but there is every indication that this class in Europe never dreams of the perpetrations which mark everyday American life. A special English commissioner. Mr. Norman Sutcliffe, recently completed a' survey of America's crime problem. His report, printed in the Wido World Magazine, is interesting to Americans from several angles. First, it shows what an alien really found upon investigating America's "pineapple belt," and explains clearly why some Europeans, about to visit America for the first time, wonder if they should not adopt bullet-proof vests as permanent parts of their wardrobes. The report is especially interesting because Mr. Sutcliffe. after weighing all the evidence, reaches the unusual conclusion that nothing can be done about it! He declares that you might turn the whole of Scotland.Yard, famous London police organization, loose in Chicago, and these clever sleuths would be unable to cope with the situation. He further declares that a complete charge of municipal government would not free some American cities from crime. He finds hope for America only in a rising- tide of public opinion which sooner or later, he thinks, must sweep the United States free of the criminal terror. . One of Mr. Sutcliffe's first' discoveries was .that "the United-States is the only country in the world of which v l am aware, in which crime has been organized upon the same scale as big business." business." After a thorough investigation of this phase of American crime the investigator concluded concluded that there are money barons behind America's "crime syndicates" or "murder gangs" more powerful than any fictionist ever invented. The commissioner next was forced to pay tribute to the daring and intelligence of American American detectives. He found them able men, as capable of coping with the situation as any group of men on earth. But, alas, he found them too often in league with the "murder mobs"! A New York detective, recently retired,..characterized retired,..characterized his profession as "the most dangerous ' game on earth" and declared that, at least once a month during his period of active duty, he was approached with bribes. This, probably, is-not surprising. But what is surprising is the detective's detective's last observation: . "Sometimes we take them and sometimes we don't. There are cases where it isn't refuse I" The investigator next discovered that police and detectives, assigned to guard large department department stores in America, frequently "buy" goods for which they are never asked to pay. -Otherwise, -Otherwise, Mr. Sutcliffe observes, the store might be left unguarded at a critical moment. In at' least one instance, he finds, an officer deliberately directed the attention of criminals to the possibilities possibilities in robbing a certain store, and "tipped them off" to the details of the store's protective eystem. ' During the period from July 1, 1927, to July 1, 192S, Lnited States authorities will expend the staggering total of $30,000,000 for crime detection detection and suppression. This figure shocked the English expert. The smuggling of contraband, he found, is an _ Important industry -in America^ "If you want to is a source of perplexity to the British expert. They always have ample funds, he finds. They place orders in England for high-powered speed boats, and when tfoese are lost they order others. One of the most startling startling and shocking discoveries discoveries made by Mr. Sutcliffe Sutcliffe ' is that the crime syndicates are so well organized organized that '' one .may "buy" a murder as easily. as one buys breakfast: "The "The operations of these super-criminals c o v e r everything from diamonds to drink. Wealthy .heirs and heiresses are abducted in order that princely ransoms ransoms may tie extorted; murders are committed for revenge, or other motives. The people they- employ .are not squeamish, and have a definite tariff for services rendered. I have been assured that for, say, one thousand ' dollars, I could have my revenge upon anyone I wished in.Chicago, even to the extent of murder." - Graft, Mr. Sutcliffe finds, 1st at -the root of much of the crime evil. The syndicates maintain suave individuals whose business'it is. to "g-et at" and _, "fix" officials. These experts are always well dressed. They frequent the best restaurants, and frequently are members .of exclusive 1 ' clubs. Their technique is masterful._ They do not go to a detective and ask him to : "lay off" come member of the gan^ for a consideration.. . No~ indeed! They slip him a thousand dollars first, before they've asked him to do anything! Thus they lead him into expensive habits, and finally he falls into their clutches. Sometimes money fails. " Are America's crooks downhearted? No! Women come next. The age-old lure Is employed. employed. "The crime-queens of-the United States are often of strange and-compelling loveliness," writes Mr. Sutcliffe.- "They are veritable vampires, vampires, whose feet lead down to death on more senses than one." - '* . One of these "crime-queens" Mr: Sutcliffe "knows well." He declares that:no man could stand long against her charm's and, blandishments. She has a. strange hypnotic power' over men,' and draws 'them 'under her sway almost without effort. effort. Her services are very .valuable to the crime syndicate for which The English expert "was particularly Intrigued with the American "society crook." H'e -found instances where victims of robberies had portions of their valuable jewelry restored to "them when they pleaded ;£hat this necklace or that ring was an heirloom and had sentimental attachments. The guerilla warfare "between the Shelton and Berger gangs' of Illinois, well known to most Americans, is of special interest to-a foreign investigator. investigator. Armored- cars, machine, guns, and even airplanes have been employed hi this- business. business. The ramifications of such a situation proved too much' for Mr. Sutcliffe.- He threw, up Sis rhetorical hands in holy terror) Hqw wou,ld yoa like to get a "dividend \*t*~ ,;.!-.',",;*, -5-- VssX" 4 -N -N i -, person man! County, municipal and State governments, Mr. Sutcliffe found, are spending $35,000,000 annually to checkmate the contraband smugglers, and they have put a force of 12,000 trained men. in'tho field to fight the law breakers with their own weapons. These men operate a fleet of more than 500 vessels and employ machine guns and small cannon. On the other side of the fence the British expert expert found that the gangsters "have engaged some of the best boat-building talent in the United States, manning their speedy craft with daring men and women trained for the special work of jewel and contraband running." Money, money, money! The never-failing flow of cash through America's crime syndicates

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  1. The Ogden Standard-Examiner,
  2. 20 May 1928, Sun,
  3. Page 33

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