Dark Rose: Organized Crime and Corruption in Portland Robert C. Donnelly

ISBN: 9780295802480

Published: 2011

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202 pages


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Dark Rose: Organized Crime and Corruption in Portland  by  Robert C. Donnelly

Dark Rose: Organized Crime and Corruption in Portland by Robert C. Donnelly
2011 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 202 pages | ISBN: 9780295802480 | 9.56 Mb

In April 1956, Portland Oregonian investigative reporters Wallace Turner and William Lambert exposed organized crime rackets and rampant corruption within the citys law enforcement institutions. The biggest scandal involved Teamsters officials andMoreIn April 1956, Portland Oregonian investigative reporters Wallace Turner and William Lambert exposed organized crime rackets and rampant corruption within the citys law enforcement institutions. The biggest scandal involved Teamsters officials and the citys lucrative prostitution, gambling, and bootlegging operations. Turner and Lambert blew the cover on the Teamsters scheme to take over alcohol sales and distribution and profit from these fringe enterprises.

The Rose City was seething with vice and intrigue. The expose and other reports of racketeering from around the country incited a national investigation into crime networks and union officials headed by the McClellan Committee, or officially, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field. The Commission discovered evidence in Portland that helped prove Teamsters President Dave Becks embezzlement of union funds and union Vice President Jimmy Hoffas connection to the mob.Dark Rose reveals the fascinating and sordid details of an important period in the history of what by the end of the century had become a great American city.

It is a story of Portlands repeated and often failed efforts to flush out organized crime and municipal corruption-a familiar story for many mid-twentieth-century American cities that were attempting to clean up their police departments and municipal governments.

Dark Rose also helps explain the heritage of Portland reform politics and the creation of what is today one of the countrys most progressive cities.Dark Rose takes readers inside a seamy and significant episode in Portlands history, complete with snitches, secret tapes, and a Congressional spotlight on the citys corruption that made it a national object lesson for municipal reform. -William Lang, Portland State UniversityAn absorbing account of a time when criminals, politicians, and labor leaders ran an open city of corruption, gambling, and prostitution, until a newspaper did its job.

The book is gripping for the names you wont recognize, and the names you will. -David Sarasohn, The OregonianRobert C. Donnelly is assistant professor of history at Gonzaga University.



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