TENNESSEE: The Boss & the Gambler

Old (77), cane-thumping Boss Ed Crump of Memphis loves to play the horses, but he believes that gambling undermines the character of anyone else within his satrapy. Although he has lost some of his power in Tennessee, he still runs Memphis with an iron hand. When he heard that gamblers were operating in his city last month, Mistah Crump reached for his gilded telephone.

Shortly thereafter Crump's cops arrested a quiet little Memphis gasoline-station operator named James Edward ("Piggy") Moore. He was charged with vagrancy (although he had $300 in his pockets) and loitering (in his own gas station). Moore...

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