What was the most dangerous and notorious mafia/organised crime syndicate in history?
My opinion is it was the Thuggee of India.
sorry modern civilization and liberal democracy wasn't good enough, we'll try harder next time
The question was the most dangerous and notorious organised crime syndicate in history, not whether they also wore long hats and were terrible at everything except engineering promotion.
There's probably some british manufactured legend attached to this group. In order to justify taking over India, they had to to show these were savages and needed the civilized british to teach them civilization and bring order to the country.
Literally only killed people in one part of the year, and usually thugees would only kill if they outnumbered their victims. They weren't exactly vicious, just pragmatic and "religious" in their own messed-up way.
I'd say the worst syndicate in history is the European communist networks that pumped out Lenin, Mussolini, Ho Chi Min and Pol Pot.