The Valachi Hearings, or also commonly known as the McClellan Hearings, investigated organized crime activities across America and investigated leading mafia figures of the era such as Sam Giancana of Chicago. The hearings were initiated by Arkansas Senator John L. McClellan in 1963. The hearings were named after the major government witness against the American Mafia, Joseph Valachi.
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... In 1964 the US Department of Justice urged Valachi to write down his personal history of his underworld career ... Although Valachi was only expected to fill in the gaps in his formal questioning, the resulting account of his thirty-year criminal career was a rambling 1,180-page manuscript titled The Real Thing ... Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach authorized the public release of Valachi’s manuscript ...
... Main article Valachi hearings In 1963, Joe Valachi became the first American Cosa Nostra member to provide a detailed look at the inside of the organization ... Senate Committee on Government Operations, Valachi exposed the name, structure, power bases, codes, swearing-in ceremony, and members of this organization ...
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“Congress seems drugged and inert most of the time. ...Its idea of meeting a problem is to hold hearings or, in extreme cases, to appoint a commission.”
—Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924)