1920, the Volstead Act becomes national law. Prohibition begins, the death of the legal brewing and distilling culture in the United States is in full swing, but a new power is on the rise. The Mob became so engrossed in the illegal production of booze that it almost seems as if prohibition was just a myth. However business seldom ran smoothly, and in this industry of illegal activity the price for rocking the boat was death. Miami in the 1920’s began to boom because of the local authorities lax posture to gambling and rarely enforcing prohibition.
This made the importing of alcohol from Cuba and the Caribbean very easy. The Mob quickly capitalized on this opportunity and sent their top enforcer to make sure that 1) everyone paid their dues 2) the supply kept flowing and 3) anyone who messed with the business was dealt with appropriately. None knew who the bosses would send, but people often saw a blonde haired women with them, her eyes merciless ice blue, and there was an outline of a .45 cal 1911 under her pinstriped jacket. Whispers were abound through the underground, of disloyal men being found riddled with bullets. Nothing more than a used cigarette with a woman’s lipstick, surrounded by shell casings, was ever found at the scene. When she made herself known, she had already gotten the name Gunfighter and kept it.
She could often be spotted going out on the town dressed to impress, but always guarding the interest of The Committee. Through the Gunfighter Blonde we will explore the speak-easy scene, boot-legging, and underlying creation of Miami’s party lifestyle.