The thing I liked best about this class was the fact that there were no tests or quizzes. So I could enjoy learning about the subject and not have to worry about cramming everything in in order to pass. I didn’t really mind that blogging made up most of the work, the most difficult thing about that was actually remembering to blog. What I didn’t like however was how unclear some of the guidelines were so I never felt like I was doing the right thing. When I did feel like I was doing the right thing, it turned out to not be what was wanted. Another thing that slightly annoyed me was that I did not know how I was doing in the class grade wise but that I could live with because if I was doing really poorly I would have been told. Although the video projects could be a lot of work and some of the readings were a bit too long, I really enjoyed the work. I didn’t enjoy having to lead the class at all though. I’m really not good in front of an audience so I had a hard time trying to say what I wanted too and usually ended up rushing through everything so I didn’t have to talk anymore. Class time itself was usually a lot of fun and I enjoyed joking and talking with everyone. Despite the work I’m really going to miss all of the True Crimers.
I thought Goodfellas was an awesome movie. I loved the Godfather so I figured I would like this move too and I was right. One of my favorite parts was when Henry had to run around and get rid of the guns and deal with the coke but he was still so concerned with not letting the sauce burn.
The organization of the gang and the members are the main difference between this and some of the other crimes we have read. Also money is a big motivator for them but it isn’t always the reason crimes were committed. Like when Tommy killed the waiter Spider because he was rude to him. Although I never really thought about the mob being part of True crime it does fit into it. The murders they committed were just as brutal as some of the other ones we’ve read about and the motive doesn’t change the crime.
I thought it was kind of funny how all of the different gangsters acted like family to each other and were so close but in the next instant they could kill you and they wouldn’t care. They got used to being untouchable so they thought it was normal and that it would last forever.