Aug 21, 2009
J. Edgar Hoover
J. Edgar’s Hoover’s homosexuality compromised him and made him vulnerable to blackmail by the Mafia. Attorney General Robert Kennedy’s crackdown on the Mob put Hoover between a rock and a hard place.
by Don Fulsom
J. Edgar Hoover was in the hip pocket of America’s godfathers, reputedly because they had pictorial proof of his homosexuality. So the FBI director put the Mafia on a low level of his crime-fighting priorities. That is until 1961, when John and Robert Kennedy put potent muscle behind the government’s drive against organized crime—and Hoover reluctantly began paying more than just lip service to battling the Mob.
As President John F. Kennedy’s attorney general, Robert Kennedy became a menace to the Mafia—and his take-no-prisoners tactics trickled down not only to Hoover, but also to top local and state cops, district attorneys and judges.