TITLE

LAWLESS LEADERS AND A COUNTY OUT OF CONTROL: THE JAMES COMMISSION AND JEFFERSON COUNTY, TEXAS, 1960

AUTHOR(S)
Wilber, Christina
PUB. DATE
October 2009
SOURCE
Sound Historian;2009, Vol. 12, p19
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article examines organized crime in Jefferson County, Texas in 1960. The cities of Beaumont, Texas and Port Author, Texas are in that county. The county was reputed to have brothels, gambling, and the consumption of illegal liquor in nightclubs. The State Investigating Committee, known as the James Commission, is discussed. Particular attention is given to the police corruption in the county. The commission examined the support system that enabled vice to flourish in Jefferson County. The commission focused their investigation on Sheriff Charley Meyer and District Attorney Ramie Griffin.
ACCESSION #
44513014

 

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