Investigations: The Smell of It

Ethel Kennedy showed up for a front-row seat. So did James Meredith and Dowager Alice Roosevelt Longworth, who chirped: "I wanted to get the smell of it." Even Caroline Kennedy's White House kindergarten teacher was there. The Valachi hearings were plainly the place to go in Washington last week. But they were still a pretty shabby show, with Hoodlum Joseph Valachi, 60, being fawned over merely because he had turned squealer.

Valachi seemed to enjoy it thoroughly. Bronzed from a District of Columbia jail sun lamp and sucking a juice-filled plastic lemon to...

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