Some of Virginia Hill's Kefauver Testimony
  • She got married, so her name is Hauser in the thing.
  • Mr. Halley: Well, the committee has been a little troubled because you lived very well and you apparently have been able to simply say what you think you earned in a rough round figure, without giving details, and don't seem to have taken the trouble of accounting to Uncle Sam the way the rest of us do.
  • Mrs. Hauser: Well then, he'll have to take care of that, won't he?
  • Mr. Halley: Uncle Sam?
  • Mrs. Hauser: Yes.
  • Mr. Halley: Well, maybe he will, Mrs. Hauser.
  • Mrs. Hauser: Well, that's all right, sure. I don't blame him.
  • ---
  • Mr. Halley: Now, did you ever get any money from Benjamin
  • Siegel, Bugsy Siegel ?
  • Mrs. Hauser: Ben is his name. Yes; I got money from him.
  • ---
  • Mrs. Hauser: ...So then, later on, I had a big fight with [Ben] because I hit a girl in the Flamingo and he told me I wasn't a lady. We got in a big fight. I had been drinking, and I left, and I went to Paris when I was mad.

So I’m doing a research paper for my history class on the Kefauver hearings and when I was looking up some articles in my school’s database a video of Virginia Hill and Frank Costello testifying came up (with sound! Which I thought it was pretty cool to hear their voices), so I thought that if the database had a video, I’d see what else I could find. So I searched Charlie’s name and I found these pictures of Charlie with one of his dogs! I hadn’t seen these before, they may have already been posted but they’re new to me and I thought that they were super cute so I just wanted to post them here for anyone interested.

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Remember when I said earlier that Virginia was the Queen of Sass in the courtroom? Well if that’s true, Frank Costello is the Kingpin of Sass because I mean have you seen his hearings??

“What have you done in your life to prove yourself a productive citizen of this country?”

“I paid my tax.”

Apparently his snark level was too strong, so they had to hold him in contempt of court for 14 months. 

I’m an amateur historian who just had had to try 4 times to spell amateur, and can’t figure out archives, but I need to read Virginia Hill’s full testimony in the Kefauver hearings because the couple of video parts I’ve found were full of sass and eye-rolling, and I need more of that.

Every once in a while, I come across a wide variety of odd things while exploring an abandoned house. From finding rotten old Bibles that were chillingly opened to the book of Exodus in Elkmont and Cades Cove to finding a noose hanging from the rafters of an abandoned barn, discovering objects of possible ironic symbolism has become somewhat of an inside joke.

Wedged in between the old chair, strange door, and blanket box was a pile of rotten newspapers and what looked like a phone book. One newspaper in particular was separated from the others. The front page was covered in years of grime, but I could kind of see what the writing said.

Apparently, there was a murder that had taken place outside of Vonore. A man was shot to death and his corpse was bound. The suspect had placed the man’s body inside of his vehicle and pushed it into the Tellico Lake, sending him into a watery grave beneath the murky waves. On the front page was a picture of local police officers and members of the Rescue Squad. I couldn’t read the date because the paper was so worn.

When I had gotten home, I shown my dad the pictures from the Kefauver mansion that I had taken. When he had gotten to this picture, he gasped in surprise and said, “Hey, I’m in this picture!”

Long before I was born, Dad was in the Rescue Squad. He’s told me many stories about the calls he had been on, including this one. Apparently, Dad had to help recover the body of this gentleman. Dad is the second man on the right of the photo. According to him, this murder took place either in 1983 or 1984.

What are the chances?