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Black Friday Weekend Sale alert!! – Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Eight Volume Set” is on sale for only $2.99

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The Head of the Gambino Crime Family from 1976-85.

Paul Castellamo  – The Head of the Gambino Crime Family from 1976-85.

 

The Prime Minister of the Underworld.

Frank Costello  -The Prime Minister of the Underworld.

 

Mug Shot - Lucky Luciano

Mug Shot – Lucky Luciano

 

Whitey Bulger - The Biggest Rat

The boss of the Mafia in Brooklyn in the Roaring 20's.

FRankie – Yale – The boss of the Mafia in Brooklyn in the Roaring 20′s.

 

Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Eight Volume Set” is on sale for only $2.99 starting Thanksgiving Day and ending 12 midnight December 1. 
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Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Five Volume Set – Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5″ will be on sale for $1.99 for two days only!

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Mobsters Gang, Crook and Other Creeps - Volumes 1-5

Mobsters Gang, Crook and Other Creeps – Volumes 1-5

My book  “Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Five Volume Set – Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 [Kindle Edition]” will be on sale for $1.99 for two days only,  starting 12 am PST, November, 2,  until 12 am PST, November 4.

This boxed set contains five  books totaling over 800 pages. 

One review says:

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“Although I am certain that not every mobster, gang and crook was covered the author sure didn’t miss many. Even though some overlapped from book to book it remained interesting. I especially liked the history of the New York police departments around 1865. It closely followed the story line on the BBC TV series Copper. Highly recommend this book.”

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Another Five Star Review for my book “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City.”

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Another Five Star Review for my book “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City,” which finished runner in the eFestival of Words 2013 Best Books in the category “General Nonfiction.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, fascinating read!, September 8, 2013
By Steven M. Bohne (Michigan) 

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I really enjoyed this book. It brought background to many of the characters on my favorite Tv dries “Boardwalk Empire. Someone gave the book one star because “…it was not in depth enough.” Whatever. The characters were covered in depth enough for me…evidently the reviewer wanted the author to write a complete biography about each person or event. I personally found it just right, and could not stop reading it until I was finished. I look forward to 
reading additional works from this author.

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“Mobster,Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps” runner up for best nonfiction Indie book of 2013

Posted in Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooked cops, crooks, disasters, Drug dealers, espionage, famous trials, FBI, FBI, Gangs, gangsters, labor unions, mobs, Mobsters, murder, New York City, New York City disasters, New York City fires, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2013 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

It’s official!!!

My book “Mobster,Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps” won runner up in the eFestival of Words Book Fair 2013 Indie Book of the Year Awards, in the category “nonfiction.”

The way I look at it, it’s better to get the silver than the gate, which is what I usually get. ;)

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Mobsters Gang, Crook and Other Creeps - Volumes 1-5

Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volumes 1-5

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“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps” by Joe Bruno made it as a finalist in the eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair in the category: Best Non-Fiction (General).

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My ebook “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps” ( by Joe Bruno) made it as a finalist in the eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair in the category: Best Non-Fiction (General).

That means of all the nonfiction ebooks on the Internet (and I’d hate to guess how many that is) that were Independently published, they have ranked mine in the top seven.

The last time I looked, I was in second place in the voting. Just 17 votes behind the leader.

So I would really appreciate any votes I get from my Facebook friends.

If you wish to vote, please click the link below.

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“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City” is now ranked # 2 on Amazon.com in the genre “Organized Crime.”

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My ebook “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City” is now ranked # 2 on Amazon.com in the genre “Organized Crime.”

It’s never been ranked that high before.

It’s too early for a martini, but I’m thinking about it.

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Mob Rats Abe “Kid Twist Reles” Part 6

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With Murder Inc. depleted of most of its top killers, Louie “Lepke” Buchalter, Louis Capone, and Mendy Weiss went on trial in late 1940 for the 1936 murder of Joe Rosen. At that point in time, Abe Reles was still very much alive and singing. On the stand, Reles testified he knew Lepke had ordered the Rosen hit. This corroborated the testimony of Allie Tannenbaum, who testified he heard Lepke give the order to Max Rubin to have Joe Rosen killed (from a room next to Lepke’s office. Lepke had uncharacteristically left the door open between the two rooms).

At 10:15 pm, Nov. 1941, the jury was sent out to decide the fates of Lepke, Capone, and Weiss.

At 2:30 am, the judge was told the jury was ready with its verdicts. After the jurors were seated and the defendants returned to the courtroom, Charles E. Steven, the foreman of the jury, rose and said, “We find the defendants, and each of them, guilty of murder in the first degree, as charged.”

The penalty, by law, was death.

As he pronounced sentence, Justice Taylor stood at the bench and cast a steely gaze which bore right through Lepke’s eyes.

 Judge Taylor said, “Louis Buchalter, alias Lepke, for the murder of Joseph Rosen, whereof he is convicted, is hereby sentenced to the punishment of death.”

 Judge Taylor also gave the same death sentence to both Louis Capone and Mendy Weiss.

For the next four years, Lepke used every trick in the book to delay his and his two men’s executions. But it was to no avail.

On March 4, 1944, Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, as befitting the boss, took the long walk down the last mile first, followed in minutes by Louis Capone and Mendy Weiss. All three were jolted in Sing Sing’s electric chair a few minutes after midnight, effectively ending Murder Incorporated’s reign of terror in the United States of America. Buchalter remains the only mob boss ever executed by the government.

Yet, it had been one of Murder Inc.’s most prolific killers, Abe “Kid Twist” Reles, who had been most responsible for Murder Inc.’s demise. If Reles hadn’t squealed, Happy and the Dasher, as well as Lepke, may have never been convicted, let alone executed.

The government later admitted if Reles hadn’t been tossed out the hotel window in Coney Island, they had enough evidence against Albert Anastasia and mad-dog killer Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel to put them in the electric chair too.

According to New York City District Attorney William O’Dwyer, “When Reles went out the window, our cases against Anastasia and Siegel went out the window too.”

 

Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Eight Volume Set

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Joe Bruno's Mobsters - Eight Volume Set

Joe Bruno's Mobsters – Eight Volume Set

Buy from Amazon

There’s not much you can buy for under four bucks (have you been to a Starbucks lately?) But “Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Eight Volume Set” contains eight books, all of which sell individually on Amazon.com for $.99 each, for only $3.99. That rounds out to less than 50 cents per book.

“Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Eight Volume Set” is certainly a bargain that’s hard to beat!

“Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Eight Volume Set” includes:

“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps Volumes 1-4,”

and the newly released,

“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps Volumes 5 – Girlfriends and Wives.”

“Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple – From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated.”

“The Wrong Man: Who Ordered the Murder of Gambler Herman Rosenthal and Why.”

“Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit!”

“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps – Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4″ have all been consistently ranked in the top 100 in Amazon.com genre “Organized Crime,” as has “Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple.” Volume 1 has reached as high as #5.

According to New York City criminal attorney Mathew J. Mari, “Joe Bruno’s Mobsters are a composite of characters and events that entwine the denizens of the underworld with the rich history of America from the early 1800′s until today.”

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HERE’S WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT JOE BRUNO’S MOBSTER BOOKS:

A MUST FOR THE TRUE GRUE COLLECTOR!! By RJ Parker – “Best Selling Author/Book Reviewer

FIVE-STAR BOOK AND A BARGAIN TO BOOT! By GinaBeena “Gina”

$3.99 IS A CHEAP PRICE TO PAY FOR SO MUCH INTERESTING MOB INFORMATION IN ONE EIGHT-VOLUME BOOK. – J. P. Palumbo

IF YOU’RE A MOBSTER FAN, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU! – Desmond Gill

WOW! WHAT A GREAT BOOK! – Dakikle

Joe Bruno on the Mob – Book Reviews – “Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Six Volume Set”

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five-Star Book and a Bargain to Boot!, September 21, 2012

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GinaBeena “Gina” (Sarasota, FL) – See all my reviews

This review is from: Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Six Volume Set (Kindle Edition)

Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Six Volume Set” is a definitive history of American mobsters, dating as far back as the early 1820′s and continuing until the mid-1900′s.

The first three books “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps – Volumes 1, 2 and 3″ contain bios of scores of gangsters, both male and female. These three books also include famous murders (The Murder of Sanford White) and disasters like the General Slocum Paddleboat Fire.

The fourth book – “The Wrong Man: Who Ordered the Murder of Gambler Herman Rosenthal and Why” details a famous murder than took place 100 years ago. Bruno maintains the wrong man, NY City Police Lieut. Charles Becker, was executed, while the real killers testified against Becker and walked away free men.

“Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple” focuses on the exploits of the murderous Black Hand, The Boys from Brownsville, and Murder incorporated.

And Finally “Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit!” is Bruno’s way of saying that the TV program “Mob Wives” is such an embarrassing abomination, no intelligent person should ever watch the show. And I wholeheartedly agree.

All in all, $2.99 is a cheap price to pay for so much information in one six-volume book.

Highly recommended!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Joe Bruno’s Mobsters-Six Volume Set, February 13, 2013

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Book is very informative about the most famous mobsters and how they rose to power, and how the fell. Also, how people were very poor and what they had to endure to survive.

 

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bruno’s Mobsters, February 5, 2013

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This a fun entertaining read for anyone interested in organized crime or criminal history. I would not recommend the volumes indidvidually, but I really enjoyed the set. It was repetative at times but even this I did not mind because it helped me to recall the various relationships that existed amongst the players.

 

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5.0 out of 5 stars a great value for under 3 bucks…, November 12, 2012

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When I saw it was only $2.99 for six books in a boxed set on ‘Mobsters’, I was first skeptical that the quality would not be great. But, boy was I wrong! The entire book is well-written and quite informative. Highly recommended!

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR THE TRUE GRUE COLLECTOR, February 20, 2013

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JOE BRUNO’S MOBSTERS – SIX VOLUME SET is a collection of three Mobster’s books and with just under 700 pages, a true history book of murder and mayhem. I love Mr. Bruno’s books. He is the go to guy when you want information on gangs and mobs. A must have for the true crime collector.

 

Joe Bruno on the Mob — Virginia Hill – Part Five

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After Siegel was whacked, Virginia Hill stood safely in Paris. When contacted by the local authorities about Siegel’s death, Hill, already involved  a torrid affair with wealthy 21-year-old heir Nicholas Fouilette, denied she was Siegel’s mistress.

“If anyone or anything was his mistress, it was that Las Vegas hotel,” Hill told French authorities. “I never knew Ben was involved in all that gang stuff. I can’t imagine who would shoot him, or why.”

Afraid she was targeted for death, Hill attempted suicide four times in the next two months; first in France, then in Monaco, in France again, and finally in Miami, Fl. How serious she was about killing herself is problematic, since she failed four times, and that’s hard to do if you’re serious about entering the afterlife.

After traveling extensively in South America, in the spring of 1948, Hill put down roots in Mexico City where he formed a sexual relationship with the famous Dr. Margaret “Mom” Chung. Chung, the first American born Chinese-American physician, gained notoriety in the 1930’s and 1940 for her patriotic work with the Allied Forces, particularly Americans. Chung adopted literally thousands of American orphans, whom she encouraged to go into the armed forces and fight against the Japanese invasion of China. Besides Hill, Dr. Chung also had affairs with the writer Elsa Gidlow, and American entertainer Sophie Tucker, who was called “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas.”

Hill’s fling with Chung was short-lived and she trekked back to Nevada. There she met ski instructor Hans Hauser, 38, the 1934 World Downhill Racing Champion, who had been previously arrested and jailed in 1942 for being a Nazi spy. Hauser taught skiing to a diverse set of celebrities; including Henry Ford and Ernest Hemmingway. Hill and Hauser were married on March 20, 1950, in Elko, NV and spent their honeymoon in Sun Valley. The United States Department of Immigration and Naturalization Service took immediate notice, since Hauser was not a United States citizen.

In June of 1950, Hill and Hauser moved to Bar Harbor, Maine, where she bore a son to Hauser, named Peter.

By November, the Hausers had enough of the North East and moved into a tony home in Spokane, Washington. That’s when the IRS started getting interested in the Hausers, since neither had the visible monetary means to live such a lavish lifestyle.

On March 16, 1951, Hill was summoned before the Kefauver Committee, which was investigating organized crime. At this time, the FBI, under J. Edgar Hoover, flatly rejected the notion of organized crime and Hoover said that the Mafia in America was a myth.

Before Hill was brought before the committee, the committee had held hearings in 14 states. The long list of people who were interrogated by the committee included Chicago’s Tony “Joe Batters” Accardo and Hill’s old pal Jake “Greasy Thumb” Guzic, Frank Costello, Louis “Little New York” Campagna, West Coast mob boss Mickey Cohen, and Siegel’s lifelong pal – Meyer Lansky. The televised hearings made Hill, who was previously known only in mob circles, a nationwide celebrity. She stole the show with her snappy, salty, and sometimes vulgar answers.

Hill was interrogated by committee attorney Rudolph Halley and their back and forth verbal barbs had the people in court, and the millions watching on television, alternately astonished and amused. The interview went as such, with minor points paraphrased or eliminated. Also, Hill’s use of the English language wasn’t quite grammatically correct.

 

Halley: Do you think you would like to tell the committee the story of your life, so far as it involves contacts you may have had with known gangsters?

Hill: The men whom I was around gave me things, but they were not gangsters, or racketeers or whatever you call these other people. The only time I ever got anything out of them was going out and having fun, and maybe a few presents. For years I have been going down to Mexico. I went with a lot of fellows down there. And like a lot of girls, they gave me things and bought me everything I wanted. And when I was with Ben, he gave me everything.

Halley: By “Ben” you mean Ben Siegel.

Hill: Yes and he gave me some money too, and bought me a house in Florida. And he gave me money to gamble the horses. And when I won, I paid taxes on my winnings. I never owed any businesses, so whatever I have ever had in life, outside betting horses, was given to me.

Halley: Tell the committee, under oath, have these men who gave you money had any acquaintance with gangsters that you ever knew?

Hill: Never.

Halley: Are you positive?

Hill: I am positive. Outside of one man I met in Chicago, who I introduced to some people in Chicago. But none of that’s connected to me.

Halley: How long have you known Joe Fischetti?

Hill: About seven or eight years. (Editor’s note – Hill met Fischetti as far back as 1935)

Halley: And is he a good friend of yours?
Hill: Well, he’s a friend, but I don’t know how good.

Halley: Is he one of the people who has given you money?

Hill: (Defiantly) He has never given me any money!

Halley: When did you last see Joe Fischetti?

Hill: In Chicago before I went to Sun Valley (for her honeymoon).

Halley: At that time Fischetti went to Miami?

Hill: That’s right.

Halley: You called him quite frequently, did you not, while he was in Miami?

Hill: That’s right.

Halley: Did you have business with him?

Hill: I had no business with him. Just called cause I wanted to call.

Halley: We have the phone records that you called him almost every day; is that right?

Hill: If that’s what it says, that’s right.

Halley: While you were in Sun Valley (on your  honeymoon) we discovered you spent over $12,000; is that right?

Hill: Something like that.

Halley: And we discovered that only $1,500 of that money was paid by check. All the rest you paid in cash. In the six weeks you were in Sun Valley, you averaged spending over $2,000 a week. Is this your normal way of living?

Hill: Well, no. It isn’t.

Halley: In the past year you have traveled quite extensively. You’ve been to Maine and New England. You’ve also been to Sun Valley and the State of Washington.

Hill: Yes, that’s right.

Halley: And you’ve been to Reno, Nevada, Boston, San Francisco and Chicago.

Hill: Yes.

Halley: And where did you get the money to finance all this spending?

Hill: It was money I had saved before. I gave it to my accountant and when I needed the money he would send it to me.

Halley: Your accountant is Joe Epstein, isn’t he?

Hill: Yes.

Halley: And you always stay at the best hotels?

Hill: Well, I try.

Halley: How much of your saved money have you spent in the last year?

Hill: Maybe $30,000 to $40,000.

Halley: And this was money Joe Epstein sent you?

Hill: I told you it was my money. He was just holding for me and investing it for me.

Halley: You bought a house too: with cash. How much did you spend for that house?

Hill: I put $16,000 down.

Halley: In the past few years you have been earning some substantial amounts of money, and I note you have been earning them by wagering, is that right?

Hill: That’s right!

 

For the next several hours Halley badgered Hill about how much she earned from 1947 until 1950. Hill insisted she didn’t know the exact amounts she earning betting the horses. She insisted Joe Epstein took care of all her financials, after she forwarded her horse track winnings to him. Halley noted than in the years 1945 and 1947 she claimed exactly $16,000 as winnings betting on sporting events. Hill said Joe Epstein took care of her accounting and a Mr. Ross did her income tax returns. She said if that’s what they said she made those years, then that’s what she made.

Halley also pulled out of Hill the fact that the IRS has been asking her the same questions, and she told them the same answers. As for the proof of these winning, Hill claimed she never kept any records.

The more Halley questions asked, the bigger the hole Hill dug for herself. She admitted Bugsy Siegel gave her $49,000. However, when Halley asked her if she ever received any money from Joe Adonis, she firmly said no.

Then Halley turned his attention to Hill’s involvement with mobster Frank Costello, who had just testified before the Committee. Hill claimed she knew Costello though Joe Adonis, but she only met him in restaurant when she was with Adonis. And she insisted the only so-called mobster who gave her any money was Siegel.

 

Halley: Did you ever get any money from Costello?
Hill: No.

Halley: Did you ever get any money from Meyer Lansky?

Hil: No. I never got money from any of those fellows

Halley: No money from Fischetti?

Hill: I’ve only met him a couple of times. I don’t even speak to him, and I don’t like him.

Halley: I have a note from an IRS agent that you were, on occasion, asked to carry cash from Chicago to New York.

Hill: That is not true! And if they told you that, they told a lie. I never carried anything for anybody, and if anyone said that, it’s a big lie.

Halley then asked Hill about the circumstances that led her to fly to France just before Siegel was murdered. Hill said she was planning to go to France long before Siegel was killed. She also said that Siegel had tried to persuade her not to go to France because he knew she had a boyfriend in France.

“We got into a big fight,” Hill told Halley. “I was drinking and I left. And I went to Paris when I got mad.”

Halley asked Hill if she had heard anything rumors before she left for France that Siegel was going to be killed by his gangster friends.

“I never heard of anything of the kind, “Hill said.” All I know was that he was worried about the hotel. I told him I hated the place and why didn’t he leave it because it was making him a nervous wreck.”

Halley turned his attention to Hill’s fascination with Mexico.

 

Halley: While you were in Sun Valley, you made a number of trips to Mexico. Do you  have any particular business in Mexico?

Hill: Just fellows I know.

Halley: Do you spend a considerable amount of time there?

Hill: I’ve been going there for 12, 13 years – maybe 11. I don’t know.

Halley: You have friends there; is that right?

Hill: I have lots of friends there.

Halley: Have you ever known anybody who was in narcotics trafficking in Mexico?

Hill: Well, since it’s been in the papers, I didn’t know anyone in the narcotics traffic, but since I’ve been going to Mexico a lot of people have approached me and tried to give me those things. One fellow one time said he had lot of H. and C. – which I didn’t know what it was. When I told him I didn’t know what it was, he told me it was heroin and cocaine. I told him to get out of my house. He told me don’t I know people. I said they’d break my neck if I ever mentioned such a thing. I had people who used to come and say, “Don’t you want some?” I had an awful time getting rid of people down there that offered it to me.

Halley: Did someone once try to get you to help and sell it, and you refused.

Hill: Yes

Halley: And who was that?

Hill: It was an ex-brother–in-law of mine. Valadez-Gonzalez. I don’t know his first name.

Halley: But as far as you know, you never had anything to do with this narcotics traffic.

Hill: No. When he asked me I told him, “What gives you the idea I want any of that stuff?”  He said, “The papers.” I said, “Well, You better not read the papers.” I threatened to break their necks, if they ever come around with that stuff and even mention it.

Halley: Do you think you would be in a position to give the Narcotics Bureau any help in catching the people who came to you about selling drugs?

Hill: I don’t know how I could give them any help. All they (the Narcotics Bureau) have to do is go to Mexico. Everyone knows who uses it. It’s no secret down there.

 

Halley said he had no further questions but Chairman Kefauver certainly did. His voice was decidedly edgy, unlike Mr. Halley’s smooth delivery.

 

Kefauver: Virginia Hill, you didn’t tell us what kind of betting you did with all this money?

Hill: Horses. I used to get tips.

 

Kefauver pressed Hill on where she placed these bets and who she placed them with. Hill said sometimes she went to the track and sometimes she placed the bets with various bookies in several cities. Kefauver asked Hill, since gambling with bookies is illegal, how she was able to locate these bookies. Hill said bookies always seemed to be around. Kefauver was able to get Hill to admit that the horses she bet on, and always won with, were fixed races. However, Hill denied she bet on other sports like baseball, football and basketball. And furthermore, she had quit betting completely

When Kefauver asked why, Hill said, “I don’t want to win anymore. Then they will say I made more money than they did.”

Kefauver went back to the time in Las Vegas right after Siegel was murdered and Moe Sedway, amongst other, took over the operation of the Flamingo. Hill denied that she knew Sedway well, even though she had consorted with him in various illegal enterprises since the 1934 World’s Fair. She said that she had “seen Sedway around,” but she had no idea why Sedway took over the Flamingo after Siegel’s death.

For the rest of her time on the stand, various members of the Kefauver committee asked Hill, if she knew several mobsters, including Lucky Luciano. Hill denied knowing Luciano, and if she admitted she knew certain mobsters, she claimed she had met them through Siegel and had only been in their company once or twice.

In a corridor outside the courtroom, Kefauver marveled at the fact Hill was able to extract so much money from so many bigtime mobsters.

Although there is no official record of this conversation, Kefauver allegedly asked Hill, “How did you possibly get all these men to give you so much money for so long a period of time?”

Hill answered, “Because nobody gives better blow jobs than I do; that’s why.”

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