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The Kefauver hearing in Las Vegas

November 10, 2020

The U.S. Senate’s Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, chaired by Tennessee Democrat Estes Kefauver, focused attention as never before on gambling-related crime as a national problem. Popularly known as the Kefauver Committee after its telegenic chairman, the committee captivated the nation in 1950-1951 with its televised hearings. It retains its relevance today, particularly in Las Vegas, where The Mob Museum occupies the building in which the committee met during its sole trip to Las Vegas. The committee members held, as an article of faith proven through witness testimony (and artfully interpreted silences), that there existed a national ...

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‘The Godfather: Part III’ is getting a makeover

With a thunderstorm raging outside the kitchen window, Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part III expresses anger at the Mafia…

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Did the Chicago Outfit elect John F. Kennedy president?

A number of authors assert, based on claims by individuals who were linked in one way or another to organized…

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Federal law enforcement agencies announce series of major busts

While most of us are focused on the pandemic and the final weeks of the presidential campaign, federal law enforcement…

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Decades of temperance activism led to passage of Prohibition 100 years ago

All the tumult of 2020 makes it easy to forget that it is a huge anniversary in the history of…

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‘Goodfellas’ still going strong after 30 years

In the painting, a man with white hair and beard, his left hand steering an outboard motor, is piloting a…

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Capone, Torrio and the Sunshine City, St. Petersburg, Florida

Ninety-five years ago, during the summer of 1925, Florida was in the midst of a massive land boom. Real estate…

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Frank Cullotta, Chicago Outfit associate who led the Hole in the Wall Gang burglary ring in Las Vegas, has died

Frank Cullotta, leader of the infamous Hole in the Wall Gang burglary ring in Las Vegas, died early Thursday in…

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