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Frank Costello testifying to the Kefauver Committee

On May 2, 1950 the Senate voted to create the United States Senate Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce (Senate Resolution 202).  It was more commonly known as the Kefauver Committee or the Kefauver Hearings because of its chairman and sponsor Senator Estes Kefauver (D-Tennessee).  The committee investigated organized crime that crossed state borders after major news articles and several local crime commissions discovering corruption in their political processes.

The Committee held hearings in 14 major cities across the United States, including New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Kansas City, and Los Angeles.  More that 600 witnesses testified including notorious organized crime figures such as:   Angelo “Big Angie” Licavoli, Tony “Joe Batters” Accardo, Louis “Little New York” Campagna, Mickey Cohen, Virginia Hill (Bugsy Segal’s longtime girlfriend), Frank Costello, James Licavoli, Jake “Greasy Thumb” Guzik, Meyer Lansky, Vito Genovese and Paul “The Waiter” Ricca.  The phrase “take the fifth,” was introduced into the American vernacular through the hearings.

The hearings were the first Senate investigations that were televised.  Americans were mesmerized by the testimonies, especially that of Frank Costello’s.  Costello’s testimony brought laughter from his “paid my taxes” comment to belligerence.  Costello was later cited by the Committee for contempt and served Jail time.  Virginia Hill slapped and kicked journalists outside of the courtroom.  Crooked politicians such as former New York City Mayor, William O’Dwyer, squirmed in their seats durning their testimony.  O’Dwyer would later receive a perjury charge.

The Kefauver Committee was indirectly a pivotal part of law enforcement history.  Public attention was brought to the problems of interstate crime.  The hearings helped local and state law enforcement as well as elected officials pursue organized crime.  The committee clearly showed that some elected officials had profited and help organized crime.  This was also the first time television played a major role in Senate investigations as an estimated 30 million people watched.

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