Nation: The President And the Capo

A Mofioso denies all

Q. Will you please tell the committee where and when you were born ?

A. I exercise my constitutional right to take the Fifth Amendment.

So began in traditional fashion last week the strangest session of the House committee's hearings on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The balding, hunched-over man in the witness chair was Santo Trafficante, 63, the reputed Mafia boss in the Tampa area and former overlord of mob-owned gambling casinos in Havana.

The committee particularly wanted to know whether he had in fact told Cuban Exile Leader...

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