National Affairs: This Terrible Lawlessness

Washington saw only the bland mask of racketeering. Its real face could be seen better last week in Kansas City, capital of the political machine that sent Harry Truman to Washington in 1934 as U.S. Senator.

In Kansas City the motive for last month's assassination of Mobster Charles Gargotta was made a little clearer: Gargotta had squealed. Hauled before the federal grand jury in February, he had implicated partners and associates in Kansas City's sleazy underworld. After him, gamblers, saloonkeepers, triggermen and politicians had paraded before the jury spilling all—or almost all—they knew. An...

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