(Vanity Fair) After Joe McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee showed America that Hollywood was up to its eyeballs in communist subversives, the U.S. Senate formed the Kefauver Committee in 1951 to investigate inter-state organized crime — which was dominated by a nexus of notorious Jewish and Italian gangsters.
The traveling Kefauver Committee hearings — which took place in 14 different cities — became an immediate cause célèbre and introduced average Americans to real-life gangsters on their weekly newsreels — like Mickey Cohen, Frank Costello, Meyer Lansky, and America’s favorite sharp-tongued mob “moll” Virginia Hill — Bugsy Siegel’s “girlfriend” at one time.
Americans followed the sensational hearings so closely that the head of the investigative committee — U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver — became a national celebrity and even appeared on the popular game show What’s My Line? in May of 1951.
After getting off to a roaring start in May of 1950, by October of that same year, after subpoenaed Chicago-based “supermob” attorney and “fixer” Sidney Korshak, personally met with Kefauver, the committee seemed to lose some of its steam — and by April 30, 1951 Senator Kefauver had resigned — and his replacement disbanded the committee by September of 1951.
A 1997 Vanity Fair article “The Man Who Kept The Secrets” gives the real reason Sidney Korshak was never compelled to testify — and why Kefauver resigned after treating Korshak and his close associates with kid gloves — and why the Kefauver Committee “completed” its investigation of this vast, organized criminal conspiracy in America in such a short amount of time:
Korshak himself was subpoenaed by the Kefauver committee on September 1, 1950. Curiously, however, he was never called as a witness. Curiously again, on October 26 he ostensibly took it upon himself to come forward, telling reporters, in the words of the Tribune, that he “appeared voluntarily before the investigators to clarify allegations which appeared in a recent [Colliers] article,” and that he “told George S. Robinson, committee investigator, that Velie’s magazine story was a ‘series of diabolical lies’ and that Velie was a ‘journalistic faker and unmitigated liar.’”
It is curious yet again that no record or transcript of Korshak’s meeting with the Kefauver committee exists among the voluminous documents relating to its Chicago investigations. This may have been because, as he claimed, he “appeared voluntarily” and thus, by conditional agreement, his words were to be treated as wholly off the record. Then again, it may be true, as has been asserted, that the real purpose of Korshak’s meeting was blackmail.
As reported many years later by Seymour Hersh of The New York Times, “One trusted Korshak friend and business associate recalled in an interview that shortly after the committee’s visit Mr. Korshak had shown him infrared photographs of Senator Kefauver in an obviously compromising position with a young woman.” According to Hersh’s source, “A woman had been supplied by the Chicago underworld and a camera had been planted in the Senator’s room at the Drake Hotel to photograph her with Mr. Kefauver.”
Not surprisingly, the luxurious Drake Hotel was part of the Meyer Lansky-controlled Kirkeby hotel constortium, which counted Sidney Korshak as a shareholder. Korshak’s “trusted friend” and unnamed informant cited in this Vanity Fair article was later identified in Gus Russo’s book on Korshak, Supermob:
The source who was shown the photos turned out to be none other than [wealthy department store tycoon and Korshak client] Joel Goldblatt, who, by the time he was approached by [Seymor] Hersh, had had a falling-out with his pal Sidney over Sidney’s standing up for Joel’s ex, Lynne Walker Goldblatt, in their divorce proceedings…
It is now understood that Kefauver was enticed to the Drake, where two young women from the Outfit’s Chez Paree nightclub entertained him. “The Outfit guy at the Drake, a vice cop who moonlighted as the hotel’s head of security,” a friend of the Korshak family recently divulged. “Korshak got the girls; the security guard set up an infrared camera and delivered the prints to Korshak.”
…[A] private meeting was arranged between Kefauver and Korshak. In the brief encounter, Korshak flung the incriminating photos on Kefauver’s desk, “How, how far do you want to go with this?” Korshak asked. Kefauver never called Korshak to testify before the committee, despite being the first of 800 witnessed subpoenaed. (pp.120-21)
Setting up Kefauver for blackmail was a relatively easy operation for Korshak — long-married father of four, Kefauver was a notorious heavy drinker and womanizer who allegedly once yelled, “I gotta f**k!” on the way out of a bus after a campaign trip. According to one FBI source, Kefauver “made love in plain view” with his “date” at a Mayflower Hotel party, only to trade women with JFK afterward.
Despite having been blackmailed by Korshak, apparently Kefauver didn’t change his rakish behavior at all — and he used his newly acquired celebrity status from the Mob hearings to propel him to two subsequent runs for president in 1952 and 1956 — campaigns where he famously donned a folksy coonskin cap to sell himself to national voters as the second coming of fellow Tennessean, Daniel Boone .
Perhaps Kefauver believed that the fact he had so many skeletons in his closet actually made him a more attractive political candidate to deep-pocketed, mob-connected donors looking for frontmen they could easily control.
Kefauver died of a heart attack in office in August of 1963, leaving his widow Nancy to pay off many of the debts he had accrued. Perhaps JFK took pity on the financially-strapped widow who had endured years of her husband’s drinking and womanizing — which JFK himself had witnessed and participated in.
In November 1963, President Kennedy gave Nancy Kefauver a much-needed job as the first head of the new Art in Embassies Program — his last presidential appointment before his assassination. Mrs. Kefauver never considered remarrying — once remarking that she “had too perfect a marriage.”
All the articles I’ve read on Sidney Korshak makes me think that the real organized crime with the support of Israel and vice versa is the Jews. The Italians were put in place to protect them from prosecution. We know Meyer Lansky, Mickey Cohen, and Sidney Korshak supported Israel with criminal proceeds. I believe them all working for Moss-ad or the equivalent. Why would Korshak need machine gun guards at his home? Carlo Gambino didn’t. Just my theory.
Ohhh.. Come on .. Everyone knows that, Mickey Cohen, Frank Costello, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel are pure Sicilian/Italian names ….
“Elie Wiesel on The Jewish Mafia” [Updated on Jan. 24, 2011 – By Carolyn Yeager]
“On page 288 and 289 of Wiesel’s first memoir dealing with his life up to 1968 or thereabouts,1 he writes that, after his arrival in New York in 1956, his editor in Israel, Dov, suggested a report on organized crime in America. Wiesel tells us that when doing the research he discovered some Jewish names among the underground crime figures, even some working for the Irgun.”
“Jewish Gangsters in America”
“In Minneapolis, William Dudley Pelley organized a Silver Shirt Legion to “rescue” America from an imaginary Jewish-Communist conspiracy. In Pelley’s own words, just as “Mussolini and his Black Shirts saved Italy and as Hitler and his Brown Shirts saved Germany,” he would save America from Jewish communists. Minneapolis gambling czar David Berman confronted Pelley’s Silver Shirts on behalf of the Minneapolis Jewish community.
Berman learned that Silver Shirts were mounting a rally at a nearby Elks’ Lodge. When the Nazi leader called for all the “Jew bastards” in the city to be expelled, or worse, Berman and his associates burst in to the room and started cracking heads. After ten minutes, they had emptied the hall. His suit covered in blood, Berman took the microphone and announced, “This is a warning. Anybody who says anything against Jews gets the same treatment. Only next time it will be worse.” After Berman broke up two more rallies, there were no more public Silver Shirt meetings in Minneapolis.”
“The Judeo-Russian Mafia and the Bloodbath to Come” [Darkmoon – May 11, 2013]
The jew’s Antifa is today’s mob.
“Biden will welcome former German Stasi asset who put Antifa supporter in charge of Germany’s homeland security” [February 9, 2022]
“AfD foreign policy spokesman Petr Bystron, whose home was attacked by 1000 violent Antifa thugs on the eve of the German elections last September (as reported in Gateway Pundit), commented:
“When Olaf Scholz comes to visit Joe Biden in the White House today, it will perhaps be the first time an American President knowingly receives a potential Stasi agent as Head of State. Since Joe Biden believes that ‘Antifa is only an idea,’ maybe Scholz and his Antifa Minister Faeser can clue him in. I had 1000 of those ‘ideas’ throwing smoke and paint bombs at my family’s house in September.”
One can wonder if it was jewry that put Kefauver into that committee position in the first place with the intent to softball an organized crime investigation in order to placate the public while keeping it away from the truth that the mob was jewish, not Italian, while Kefauver who then let the media attention go to his head, got a little too zealous and had to have his choke collar pulled.
That was what happened with Joe McCarthy who was not the first choice to head the HUAC. There were two others approached for the role before him. The offer made to McCarthy then was to investigate communists while only some low-level gentile commies would be given to him to be sacrificed for show, the reason being that the jews were uncomfortable that up until then, the commie agents getting caught were all jews. But when McCarthy went out of bounds by going higher up the communist hierarchy and running into jews again, the jewish media rallied to destroy him.
… thank you, .. a great article, and a reminder of how the US govt can deal with corruption. We very badly need a new commision now, … RICO charges for Chabad Lubavich, … and a though investigation of Jewish oligarchs, and the Khazarian mafia, … !
Also related to this subject of Jewish organized crime and subversion, there is chapter 23 of the book “WHEN VICTIMS RULE: An Examination of Jewish Pre-eminence in America And Its Historical Origins”: