The Kefauver Hearings


The corrosive influence of organized crime, and the stark reality of its ruthless violence, took time to hit home. During Prohibition, the Mob helped people put the “happy” in Happy Hour. But as organized crime expanded, concerned citizens demanded action. In 1950, the U.S. Senate, led by Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver, launched a high-profile inquiry, holding hearings in 14 cities across the country, including one in the building that now houses The Mob Museum.