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Did the Chicago Outfit elect John F. Kennedy president?

October 22, 2020

A number of authors assert, based on claims by individuals who were linked in one way or another to organized crime in Chicago, that the Chicago Mob — usually referred to as the “Outfit” — was responsible for John F. Kennedy’s election as president in 1960. It is alleged that John Kennedy’s father, Joseph, met with Outfit boss Sam Giancana before the election and struck a deal. If Giancana made sure that Kennedy was elected, Kennedy in return would “lay off” organized crime when he was president. Supposedly the Outfit kept its end of the bargain, but it was double ...

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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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Mobsters in the military

Historically, the U.S. military has alternated in size between small standing armies in peacetime and vastly expanded forces during war….

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Netflix’s ‘Fear City’ reveals how FBI, prosecutors built the Mafia Commission case

The Netflix documentary series Fear City: New York vs. the Mafia tells the story of the investigation and prosecution of…

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