The Press: The Crime Syndicate

The shifty-eyed gambler who walked into Publisher Sevellon Brown's Providence papers last September had a frontpage story to spill. Pasquale Borino wanted to fill in the Journal and Evening Bulletin on a mob which he said was running the lottery, sweepstakes, race-track and baseball-pool rackets in Rhode Island. But when Bulletin City Editor Leo Son-deregger tried to track down Borino's leads, he found they cut across state lines and involved shadowy national figures.

That gave Sonderegger an idea: Why not set up a newspaper syndicate and clearing house to report crime on a national scale? In Chicago last month, at the Journal-Bulletin's...

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