Couple these with humanmade disasters: traffic congestion, chaos in our airports and ports, corruption in places high and low, criminality that seems to be tolerated by officialdom, and the usual menu of murder, mayhem and miscreance
The first generation of reactions to the fact of Jewish criminals--that the miscreance
of a few could cause the marginalization of the whole Jewish community, and that by the same token, tough Jewish criminals could defend marginalized Jews against attack--shows that crime was linked to a sense of Jews as outside of the "American way." Talking about Jewish gangsters, then, facilitated a broad conversation about the relationship of Jews and Jewishness to mainstream America and to non-Jewish people.
But above all crucifixion was punishment applicable to those of servile status, and as such, infamously, it might be invoked for trivial miscreance
(tasting the master's soup; failing to untangle the matron's hair).