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Capone prided himself as a man with style. If he ever killed someone himself, or one of his henchmen killed an important person, hundreds of dollars worth of flowers was sent to the funeral. In one fight between Capone’s men and another gang, an innocent woman was shot, not fatally, and required hospital treatment. Capone personally paid for all the hospital fees. He also would pay for all children’s hospital bills when he visited.
But he was also a vicious murderer who had no issue killing people regardless of their guilt or innocence. He was just very good at image control. You think the families of Capone’s victims, whether personal or by proxy, gave a fraction of a damn if Capone sent flowers to the funeral? You think they WANTED that? Uh, no. Honey, that’s not “I’m sorry,” that’s GLOATING. Your good deeds do not mitigate the atrocities you commit for territorial and financial gain.
I find it stunning that Capone is idolized to the extent he is. White guys can get away with ANYTHING and they’ll still be idolized.
Capone was a fucking monster who held my home city hostage when he was in power.
this image of compassion WAS CAREFULLY CONSTRUCTED, IT WAS PROPAGANDA, IT WAS TO MAKE PEOPLE SAY “oh, these organized murderers aren’t so bad.” they funded parades, gave aid to sick children and immigrants, donated to charities. this is how they bought the people over, this is how they made them complacent. all the while, the Mob was running drugs and illegal firearms, buying out politicians, stealing money for every which way, and fucking MURDERING PEOPLE, OFTEN IN TERRIBLE WAYS.
also, if you think that Capone fucking sending flowers to his victims’ funerals was in any way positive, you have a fundamental misunderstanding of how the Mob communicated. they perverted politeness to add insult to injury. if your family was killed by the Mob and you received flowers, it was a final fuck you to your dead loved one, a way to gloat over their crime WHICH THEY GOT AWAY WITH IT, and a threat: we’re watching you; don’t you dare try to get revenge.
in short, when the Mob did people favors, it was never out of kindness. there was always an ulterior motive: publicity, winning over higher-ups, putting people in a position where they OWED A DEBT.
also, in case people have forgotten: the Chicago outfit of the Mob still exists. it doesn’t have as much power as it once did, but it’s still there and it’s still fucking horrible.