A criminal element was part of a scalawags everyday existence. On the west side docks of Manhattan Irish gangs were the order of the day. A wharf rat named Owen "Owney the Killer" Madden would rise from head of the Gopher gang (pictured) to Manhattans most powerful racketeer . Prohibition turned street corner gangsters into bonafide businessmen. Madden would be most known for owning the Cotton Club, NYC most prestigious club. "Nightclubs represent in the mind of the mobster, the triumph of a new social order-- the acceptance, by society, of the underworld's uppercrust. Evening clothes, beautiful women, gaiety & money spell respectability to the gangman. & there is nothing he desires quite so much, having by one process or another gained the wherewithal, as to go high-hat & get away w/ it."