Like a spider spreading its web, the Mob expanded patiently, relentlessly and ominously. Eventually it formed a vast, often invisible network, ensnaring whatever got tangled in its sticky strands. Politicians and labor leaders often got caught in the web, doing the Mob’s bidding instead of representing the best interests of their constituents and rank-and-file members – with fatal consequences.
Politicians and mobsters have a long history of collaboration and corruption.
John F. Kennedy’s assassination remains an intriguing mystery to this day. Speculation persists that the Mob orchestrated the president’s murder.
Mob bosses used union and other contacts to help Democratic candidate John F. Kennedy win the presidency in 1960.
These pins show support for Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy on their Inauguration days.
These pins show support for candidates in the tight race between Kennedy and Nixon in the 1960 election for President. At that time, you had to be 21 to vote.
Teamsters Union boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in 1975 in Michigan and his body was never found. Most experts believe he was the victim of a Mob hit.
Jack Ruby shot Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Ruby had ties to the Mob.
Jackie Presser, leader of the Teamsters Union from 1983-1988, had many Mob ties while also serving on President Ronald Reagan’s transition team.
Cuban leader Fidel Castro didn’t like the American Mob’s influence in his country and kicked them out when he took over.
“Did the Mob do it? I don’t know for sure, but it explains more of the evidence than anything else.” – Robert Blakey referring to the Kennedy assassination.