NBC Evening News for Monday, Jun 19, 1978
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(Studio) Report on history of organized crime in Cleveland, Ohio.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Cleveland, Ohio) Scenes from television show "The Untouchables", shown; photos also shown. Eliot Ness' experiences in Chicago and lack of success with org. crime when brought to Cleveland described. Cleveland mob's dominance for nearly 50 years reported Beginning of investigation of Cleveland mob, with car bombing of rival Mafia figure and hitman's agreement to talk, noted; subsequent FBI discoveries outlined. Probe's findings about James "The Weasel" Fraianno who left Cleveland years ago to become acting Mafia boss in California, and Fraianno's agreement to become witness for government reported Films and photos shown. [SEN. - announces 1st witness for day will be Joseph Valachi.] Investigaton's report that no Mafia witness has been as important as Fraianno since Senator rackets committee heard from Valachi in 1960 cited. [Cleveland police Lieutenant Andrew VANYO - lists information Fraianno' can probably give to police.] Impt. of Cleveland as organized crime center in US outlined. Cleveland mob money's backing of pornography in many cities and casinos in Las Vegas noted. Investigators' reports on Cleveland mob figs. in other parts of cntry., include Las Vegas personality Moe Dalitz and convicted Teamsters racketeer William Presser detailed; Presser's activity with Teamsters pension fund mentioned. Fraianno's testimony leading to indictments of Los Angeles Mafia bosses and his. .expected testimony about other mob figs. in other cities stated. Other details about Cleveland mob's history given.
REPORTER: Brian Ross KRON-TV newstape San Francisco KORK-TV newsfilm Las Vegas