• Short Summary

    GRAVEL-VOICED JOE VALACHI, 60-YEAR-OLD GANGSTER TURNED INFORMED AND MEMBER OF THE MAFIA-LIKE "COSA NOSTRA", TOLD CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS IN WASHINGTON ON FRIDAY HOW VITO GENOVESE, "THE BOSS OF BOSSES", HAD GIVEN HIM THE "KISS OF DEATH" IN A PRISON CELL.

  • Description

    1.
    LV U.S. FLAG
    0.06

    2.
    R KENNEDY SOF STARTS.."SENATOR, THERE IS ATTENTION


    3.
    R. KENNEDY SOF ENDS..THIS IS GOING ON, SENATOR"
    1.12

    4.
    GV COURTROOM
    1.18

    5.
    CU PRESIDING SENATOR
    1.29

    6.
    CU VALACHI
    1.32

    7.
    CU SENATOR SOF.."BE SEATED. DID YOU AT THE TIME..


    8.
    CU VALACHI SOF ENDS.."I'D GO OUT AND KILL FOR THEM"
    4.01


    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 1): KENNEDY: "SENATOR, THERE IS ATTENTION ON THE FACT THAT GANGSTER OR HOODLUMS ARE GETTING MORE INTO LEGITIMATE BUSINESSES, AND THERE'S GREAT CONCERN ABOUT THAT. I DON'T WANT ANYBODY TO MISUNDERSTAND THE FACT THAT THEY ARE ALSO DOING THE SAME THINGS AS THEY WERE DOING DURING THE DAYS OF AL CAPONE. THERE HAVE BEEN LARGE NUMBERS OF VERY BRUTAL MURDERS THAT HAVE BEEN COMMITTED BY THOSE INVOLVED IN ORGANISED CRIME JUST OVER THE PERIOD OF THE LAST TWO YEARS. CERTAINLY NOT A WEEK GOES BY THAT SOMEWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES AN INDIVIDUAL IS NOT KILLED OR MURDERED IN SOME KIND OF A GANGLAND BATTLE, OR A WITNESS IS GARROTTED AND KILLED. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER ME SPOLANTI..HE WAS HERE BEFORE THIS COMMITTEE."



    TRANSCRIPT: SENATOR: "I REMEMBER HIM VERY WELL."



    KENNEDY: "HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE (UNINTELLIGIBLE), WELL, OUR INFORMATION IS THAT HE WAS TAKEN UP INTO CONNECTICUT AND CHOPPED UP INTO LITTLE BITS AND THEN BURNED AND NOBODY HAS BEEN ABLE TO FIND IT. THIS IS GOING ON SENATOR."



    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 7 & 8): SENATOR: "BE SEATED. DID YOU AT THE TIME ACCEPT AND REGARD THAT AS A KISS OF DEATH?"



    TRANSCRIPT: VALACHI: "YES, BUT (UNINTELLIGIBLE)..THAT'S THE REASON WHY I SAID THAT. I, YES, I DID'NT THINK THE KID WOULD GET IT."



    SENATOR: "YOU DIDN'T THINK THE KID WOULD GET IT. BUT THE KID GOT IT DID HE?"



    VALACHI: "HE GOT IT. HOW CAN I MISS WHEN HE GOT IT?"



    SENATOR: "DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THEY DEFINITELY PLANNED TO KILL YOU THERE AT THAT TIME?"



    VALACHI: "YES, A HUNDRED PER CENT CERTAIN. ONE HUNDRED PER CENT."



    SENATOR: "YOU SAW A MAN YOU THOUGH WAS JOE BOCHI? RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU? ONE OF THESE YOU UNDERSTOOD WAS UNDER ORDERS TO KILL YOU?"



    VALACHI: "YES".



    SENATOR: "YOU HONESTLY RELIEVE BOCHI WAS THE MAN WHO WAS UNDER ORDERS FROM GENOVESE TO KILL YOU THERE IN BED?"



    VALACHI: "YES, A HUNDRED PER CENT."



    SENATOR: "A HUNDRED PER CENT. WELL, YOU SAW JOE BOCHI, YOU THOUGHT IT WAS JOE BOCHI IN FRONT OF YOU?"



    VALACHI: "YES".



    SENATOR: "YOU DID WHAT?"



    VALACHI: "I HIT HIM ON THE HEAD WITH THE PIPE, AND ER..."



    SENATOR: "A PIECE OF IRON PIPE FROM THE CONSTRUCTION JOB THERE?"



    VALACHI: "YES, THEY WERE BUILDING A NEW.....THERE AT THIS PARTICULAR POINT OF THE YARD, YOU KNOW (REST UNINTELLIGIBLE)."



    SENATOR: "AND YOU HIT HIM WITH THAT BAR?"



    VALACHI: "YES".



    SENATOR: "WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT?"



    VALACHI: "ABOUT THREE TIMES".



    SENATOR: "ABOUT THREE TIMES?"



    VALACHI: "VERY HARD".



    SENATOR: "CAN YOU GIVE US ANY EXAMPLE IN WHICH YOU WENT TO THEM AND THEY PROTECTED YOU AND HOW THEY DID IT AND WHAT RIGHTS YOU GOT?"



    VALACHI: "IT WOULD BE LIKE ER...LET'S PUT THIS WAY WHEN I WAS IN THE NUMBER BUSINESS."



    SENATOR: "THE NUMBER BUSINESS?"



    VALACHI: "YES, MANY A TIMES WE LOST A RUNNER AND ALL WE HAD TO DO WAS, IF THE BANNER BELONGED TO US, AND WHEN I SAY US I MEAN MY OFFICE, AND WE PRESENT IT TO THE LIEUTENANT AND HE TAKES CARE OF IT. BUT IF THEY BELONGED TO YOU AND SOMEBODY TOOK THEM, WELL THEY'D COME BACK TO YOU."



    SENATOR: "IN OTHER WORDS IF THE RUNNER WENT TO WORK FOR SOMEBODY ELSE THE LIEUTENANT GOT IT BACK."



    VALACHI: "YES, WELL SOMETIMES THEY STEAL..AND THEY LEAVE QUICK AND YOU CAN FIND OUT THEY'RE WORKING UNDER A DIFFERENT NAME OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT."



    SENATOR: "AND THAT ACTUALLY WORKED FOR YOU. YOU ACTUALLY GOT A RUNNER BACK?"



    VALACHI: "OH YES, YES. AND I RETURNED IT TO THEM TOO."



    SENATOR: "...AND YOU RETURNED THE RUNNERS TO OTHER PEOPLE?"



    VALACHI: "YES, IF IT HAD TO BE, YES."



    SENATOR: "WHEN YOUR LIEUTENANT TOLD YOU TO..THAT RIGHT?"



    VALACHI: "YES."



    SENATOR: "NOW WHAT DID YOU PAY YOUR LIEUTENANT FOR THIS?"



    VALACHI: "NOTHING, NOTHING."



    SENATOR: "NOTHING AT ALL. DID YOU DO ANYTHING FOR THE FAMILY AT ALL IN THIS TIME? THEY'D JUST DO THINGS FOR YOU?"



    VALACHI: "I'D GO OUT AND KILL FOR THEM."




    Initials PC/N/BHH/ES


    EDITORS: PROD 7521/63 - SEPT 28 - ALSO REFERS. VALACHI TAKEN BEFORE COMMITTEE.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: GRAVEL-VOICED JOE VALACHI, 60-YEAR-OLD GANGSTER TURNED INFORMED AND MEMBER OF THE MAFIA-LIKE "COSA NOSTRA", TOLD CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS IN WASHINGTON ON FRIDAY HOW VITO GENOVESE, "THE BOSS OF BOSSES", HAD GIVEN HIM THE "KISS OF DEATH" IN A PRISON CELL.

    BEFORE VALACHI WAS QUESTIONED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PUBLIC MR ROBERT KENNEDY, U.S.ATTORNEY-GENERAL, INFORMED THE SENATE INVESTIGATION SUB-COMMITTEE ABOUT THE INCREASE OF ORGANISED CRIME IN THE UNITED STATES:
    THEN VALACHI, A GANGSTER FOR 45 OF HIS 60 YEARS, WAS ASKED ABOUT GENOVESE'S KISS OF DEATH IN ATLANTIC PENITENTIARY WHERE THEY WERE BOTH SERVING SENTENCES FOR NARCOTICS LAW VIOLATIONS.

    THE "KID" SLEPT BELOW VALACHI'S BUNK AND REALIZED THAT VALACHI HAD RECEIVED THE "KISS".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2DSLAJQ4K5FYTFFX0YBPSCNB2
    Media URN:
    VLVA2DSLAJQ4K5FYTFFX0YBPSCNB2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/09/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:12:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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