INVESTIGATIONS: The Man with the Big Laugh

The Man with the Big Laugh

Gamblers, touts and gangsters operated nonchalantly for years in Florida. In the midst of graft and corruption, since his inauguration in January 1949, stood Governor Fuller Warren, 45, a handsome man with silvery hair and one of the loudest belly laughs in politics.

Laughter and games, with art occasional murder, continued until a Dade County grand jury and the Kefauver Committee turned over a few logs and gave the public a quick view of the denizens that scurried for other cover. Governor Warren, looking and sounding outraged, took quick action: he fired a handful of...

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