INVESTIGATIONS: Hoffa's Hoodlums (Contd.)

The Senate investigation of Teamsters' President James Riddle Hoffa. most dangerous threat to U.S. society since Al Capone, began to look as though it might never end. Among last week's disclosures: ¶ During a 1953 House subcommittee hearing investigating Hoffa, Chairman Wint Smith, a Kansas Republican, was called from the room to answer the telephone, returned flustered, mysteriously called off the hearings. Last week onetime (1939-1942) Kansas Republican Governor Payne Ratner, a nervous, nose-grooming witness, partly explained what had happened. As Hoffa's attorney, he had visited Smith, used the leverage built...

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