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Governor McKeithen on Life Magazine Accusations of Organized Crime in State Government

Brooks Read Collection



Genre: News

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Department of State

Date Issued: September 1967

Duration: 00:02:41

Subjects: CRIME | McKeithen, John J. (John Julian), 1918-1999 | Garrison, Earling Carothers "Jim," 1921- 1992 | Kohn, Aaron M. | Hannan, Philip M. (Philip Matthew), 1913-2011 | Metropolitan Crime Commission (New Orleans, La.) | O'Hara, Malcolm | Life | Grey, James David, 1906-1985 | Walton, Aubrey G., 1900-1978 | Costello, Frank "the Prime Minister," 1891-1973


  • Read, Brooks Photographer
  • McKeithen, John Speaker


Governor John McKeithen press conference on Aaron Kohn's appeal to him to investigate the charges in Life magazine on organized crime in Louisiana and to remove Judge Malcolm O'Hara from office. McKeithen states that the governor can write a letter to the attorney general asking that he take steps to remove a judge, and then the attorney general shall initiate steps. McKeithen continues that 25 citizens in the district can also file a petition with the attorney general and he shall initiate proceedings. McKeithen says that he's tempted to make a proposition like Jim Garrison did in New Orleans, that he would resign if organized crime is found, but he fears it would knock him out of the governors race. McKeithen makes a proposition that he'll put his faith in the hands of Archbishop Hannan, Bishop Walton of the Methodist Church, and J.D. Grey of the Baptist Church to look into the charges, and if they find that there is crime in state government, then he's either a crook or too stupid to be governor. McKeithen states that if they do find organized crime in Louisiana, then Aaron Kohn should be governor, if he's adopted citizenship in Louisiana yet. McKeithen says that it's amazing that Kohn couldn't find organized crime in New York, only Louisiana. He mentions seeing Costello on the street in New York with bodyguards around him to keep people from killing him, but Kohn didn't say anything about him.