Like most people, you probably want to start your New Year with a discussion of historic Las Vegas. I can’t think of many better ways to do that than at this talk I’m giving as part of Mob Month on Tuesday, January 6 at 7 PM at the Clark County Library:
Mob Month 2015 – The Mob on Trial: The Kefauver Hearings and Their Impact on Organized Crime
In 1950, Senator Estes Kefauver led a U.S. Senate Committee to investigate organized crime. The investigation, known as the Kefauver Hearings, were held in Las Vegas and 14 other cities and included testimonies from over 600 witnesses including National Crime Syndicate bosses Willie Moretti, Joe Adonis and Frank Costello. The hearings were televised and introduced America to the concept of the Mafia. David G. Schwartz, director of UNLV’s Center For Gaming Research and author of bestselling books Grandissimo, Roll The Bones, and Cutting The Wire will examine the importance of the hearings and the subsequent impact on organized crime, law enforcement and state gaming regulations.Free and open to the public.
Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event. For more information, please call 702.507.3458.
I had a great time giving talks this summer at the Clark County Library, and I’d like to thank everyone there for making this possible.
The Kefauver Committee’s Las Vegas hearings are a fascinating topic, because they clearly made a major impact, but were relatively brief. In this talk, I discuss why the hearings were held, what they were about, and how they were received. I’ve certainly learned a great deal researching this, and I hope that you are able to attend the talk.