7 - Bedrick 1 Sean Bedrick ITAL 230 4/24/07 Kay Control Me!...

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 Bedrick 1 Sean Bedrick ITAL 230 4/24/07 Kay Control Me! A Look into Mafia Regulation What does one first think of when they here the term Mafia (or Cosa Nostra as it is so dubbed) ? There are several references that may come. Maybe the names Al Capone, Charlie Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Frank Costello, or John Gotti, some of the more notorious gangsters in mafia history, ring a bell. Perhaps it is a long list of Scorsese movies like Casino, Good Fellas or even the Godfather that hold a place in the heart. It could even be just the simple emotion of fear that gets you. All are reasonable reactions, but there is more to the Mafia than these minor images that stick in the minds of the people. The Mafia, at one point, was not as heavily publicized as it is today. It was not until televised hearings came forth, the Mafia emerged in Las Vegas, and the whitness relocation program emerged, that the organization was introduced into American living rooms, and was given a chance to be regulated. Its 1950 and the people have a stable impression of the horrors the Mafia is said to bring forth; heads being squeezed in vice grips, and people being murdered in the street. But something new is about to happen. People are about to get a more detailed view, through investigation and questioning that is going to bring forth some clarity. Throughout the duration of 1950 and ’51 the Kefauver Senate committee began a process of televised hearings against top level Mafia crime bosses and soldiers. This was a huge step in the direction of Mafia justice. To where before, the horrors were solely in print, live images of the most notorious suspects in America were finally brought into living rooms. Many
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 Bedrick 2 elderly Americans, still even today, retain the close-up image zooms of Frank Costello’s finely manicured hands, seeing as how he refused to allow his face to grace the camera. This was how vivid images were becoming. Crime bosses were real people. Although this was a huge step in the direction of bringing forth closure, the end was no where in sight. The public hearing outcry was short lived as the families still seemed to coast by comfortably. Then in 1957, the small town of Apalachin, N.Y. (population only 350) was raided and more than 60 storied Mafia regulars were discovered. The media shows clips of policemen jumping in with guns and force. Because of this public display, a once hesitant J. Edgar Hoover decided to take action. His famous quote, “from Apalachin on, the United States government is at war with the Mafia” lives on in history books, and in came the birth of the wire tap (a miniature recording device that could be planted discreetly and not yet illegally, just questionably). The new Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy began a tear. Through investigation,
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course ITAL 230 taught by Professor Kay during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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