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The Atlanta Journal from Atlanta, Georgia • 61

Atlanta, Georgia
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Racketeering Menaces Atlanta Unless the BUQ Is Killed, Declares Solicitor Qeneral John A. Boykin BY JOHN A. BOYKIN Solicitor General of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit ernmental affairs. The organizations have extended their tentacles until they prey upon both small business men and big corporations. Now let us look at the situation in Atlanta and see how the parallel runs.

The "bug originated among. Harlem negroes in New York. Several years' ago, two men, named A1 and Mike, came here from New York especially to start a bug company. They picked Atlanta as a likely looking city for their game, and started, on a moderate scale, operating largely among the negro element. The game took on like wildfire.

As a matter of fact, it was too good. The Atlanta underworld saw the money Tolling in and coveted it. Local toughs chased A1 and Mike out of town and took charge of their business. Now there are five or six. companies operating It is a significant fact that all of these companies are headed by ex-convicts and that a large percentage of the bug emploiyes have prison records.

Not content with their enormous incomes from the bug, these 'racketeers are already spreading out into Wider fields. They control the bootleg business, and in connection with the liquor trade they have recently built up a large gambling combine, using loaded dice, fixed roulette wheels and marked cards to fleece their customers. What will the next step be? When will the shooting start? Soon, in my opinion, unless the people of Atlanta rise up and put a stop to things. When you place an unlimited amount of money Into the hands of ex- (Contlnued on Page 2) THE GROWTH of the policy racket, better known in this section as the bug, ha been watched with interest by most Atlanlians. Some consider it amus-others find it an entertaining game, but students of criminology see the a menace of far-reaching consequence.

For the growth of the bug presages ar era of gang rule in our city that Prov as serious in proportion as we now see in Chicago and New York. The bug" carries a poisonous bite that will fester and run for years. It has already given indications of its vicious nature. We have had one gang murder. Eddie Cuyol, founder and head of the Home Company, was put on the Pot and killed in his own yard in Morningside.

There is no way to estimate of thuggings and efforts at intimidation that Have resulted from hug" competition. The history of racketeering in every locality is the same. Gangs start by wutroliing an illicit business that produces a large and steady income, such as Pegging or the bug. They branch out into control of slot machines, gam-hung houses and organized vice. 11,1 money pouring in from these sources, the gangs grow in wealth and Nutical Hwer until they can buy protection from the law.

When this point is Cached the gangsters can go in for murder, tribute or protection'against sabotage. Wy roll hold-ups and other crimes, with strong possibility that they will escape wution even if caught. They are powerful enough to intimidate or murder 10 Cl minal combines can arrange some plan whereby they are not dis-i kv the law, their earnings become almost unlimited. In some cities they le become so powerful that they have dominated the political system and gov.

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