RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) I finally admitted it to my parents.
On those winter days in 1951, I had faked illness so I could stay home from school and breathlessly watch the small screen of the family television as a parade of real-life gangsters was marched before the congressional hearings of Senator Estes Kefauver.
Seeing them in person and hearing the testimony from the likes of straw-hatted “Greasy Thumb" Guzik, reputed to be Al Capone's bagman for bribery as well as his adviser and treasurer, and mink clad Virginia Hill, the mob’s moll as well . . .