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INVESTIGATION OF CRIME AND LAW ENFORCEME

IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON**
THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, INVESTIGATIN

CRIME AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
UNITED STATES SENATE
EIGHTY-SECOND CONGRESS STANE
FIRST AND SECOND SESSIONS

LIBRAI
PURSUANT TO

24
S. Res. 136
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN INVESTIGATION OF
CRIME AND LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

PART 1

JANUARY 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, AND 22, 1952

Printed for the use of the Committee on the District of Columbia

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COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA O NT: AOHNSON, South Carolina

FRANCIS CASE, South Dakota Escolhunter, Tennessee

JOHN MARSHALL BUTLER, Maryland LESTERG JVNT, Wyoming

HERMAN WELKER, Idaho
TORE, Rhode Island

WALLACE F. BENNETT, Utah
EARLE C. CLEMENTS, Kentucky

JAMES H. DUFF, Pennsylvania
WILLIS SMITH, North Carolina

FRED A. SEATON, Nebraska
ROBERT H. MOLLOHAN, Chief Clerk

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, INVESTIGATING

CRIME AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

MATTHEW M. NEELY, West Virginia, Chairman LESTER C. HUNT, Wyoming

. HERMAN WELKER, Idaho JOHN O. PASTORE, Rhode Island

JOHN M. BUTLER, Maryland

ARNOLD BAUMAN, Chief Counsel
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CONTENTS

Testimony of-

Page

Ahearn, John, Washington, D. C., accompanied by Daniel B. Maher,
attorney, Washington, D. C..

2-3

Barrett, Robert J., former Major and Superintendent, Metropolitan

Police Department, Washington, D. C., accompanied by Charles E.

Ford and Daniel B. Maher, attorneys, Washington, D. C---3-55, 59–101

Beach, James, sergeant, Metropolitan Police Department, Washing-

ton, D.C.1

--------- 129-135

Covelí, Howard V., inspector, Metropolitan Police Department,

Washington, D. C.-----

---- 110-116

Hall, Mrs. Sarah Mears, Washington, D. C.-----

----------------- 140-149
Lowe, Charles W., Ijams ville, Md...

101-110
Maher, Daniel B., attorney, Washington, D. C.

339–349

Monroe, John B., captain, Metropolitan Police Department, Wash-

ington, D.C.

125–128

Murphy, William Thomas, captain, Metropolitan Police Department,

Washington, D. C.----

-- 116–125

Murray, Charles Borromeo, assistant United States attorney for the

District of Columbia ---

------ 306–332

Murray, Robert V., Major and Superintendent, Metropolitan Police
Department, Washington, D. C.-

------ 275-287
Nelson, Charles H., Washington, D. C.------

L 223–260
Nichols, Reuben, retired detective sergeant, Metropolitan Police
Department, Washington, D. C..

-- 261–274
Olf, Murray, Washington, D. C., accompanied by William H. Collins,
attorney, Washington, D. C..

--- 351-357

Scott, Edgar E., Inspector, Metropolitan Police Department, Wash-

ington, D. C.--

------- 287–295

Simkins, Roger, Washington, D. C., accompanied by George Hayes

and Milford Schwartz, attorneys, Washington, D. C.--

Smith, Robert W., sergeant, Metropolitan Police Department,

Washington, D. C.---

------- 135-139

Stofberg, Charles, former assistant to John Russell Young, President,

Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia --------- 332–338
Strange, Clyde L., captain, Metropolitan Police Department, Wash-
ington, D. CU
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295–306
Taylor, Nathaniel Yvonne, Washington, D. C., accompanied by
Joseph Sitnick, attorney, Washington, D. C.--

- 150-157
Terry, Miss Jacqueline, Washington, D. C., accompanied by William
B. O'Connell, attorney, Washington, D. C.---

------ 157-169
Warring, Emmitt, Washington, V. C., accompanied by Charles E.
Ford, attorney, Washington, D. Co-

-----191-200, 201-223

Wolf, Jacob J., lieutenant, Metropolitan Police Department, Wash-

ington, D. C.------

----- 357-366

Woods, Frederick, Washington, D. C., accompanied by Curtis B.
Mitchell, attorney, Washington, D. C.--

------- 181-187
Statements of

Ford, Charles E., attorney, Washington, D. C., representing Abe
Plisco, Washington, D. C.

--- 190-191
Hughes, Denny, attorney, Washington, D. C., representing Sam
Beach, Washington, D. C..

------ 189-190
Schedule of exhibits -

Monday, January 14, 1952

1

Tuesday, January 15, 1952

57

Wednesday, January 16, 1952

129

Thursday, January 17, 1952

189

Friday, January 18, 1952_.

201

Monday, January 21, 1952

275

Tuesday, January 22, 1952

339

Appendix----

367

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SCHEDULE OF EXHIBITS

Number and summary of exhibits

Intro-
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1. Records of arrests for gambling felonies, misdemeanors, and

disorderly conduct, covering the period July 1, 1946, to

December 31, 1951, submitted by Robert V. Murray,

Major and Superintendent, Metropolitan Police Depart-

ment, Washington, D. C.--

2. Financial questionnaire submitted by Robert J. Barrett, then

Major and Superintendent, Metropolitan Police Depart-

ment.--------------------

3. Copy of the invoice of Arcade Pontiac, covering sale of

Pontiac automobile to Robert J. Barrett, May 3, 1946....

4. Copy of invoice of Kearney Oldsmobile Co., covering sale of

automobile to Robert J. Barrett, July 9, 1946.-..

5. Letter dated July 25, 1951, to Ralph W. Boyer, broker,

Frederick, Md., from Charles W. Lowe, Ijamsville, Md.,

witnessed by Philip N. J. Shade.---

6. Copy of letter (exhibit No. 5) with the handwritten notation

"This is an exact copy of original made in my office. July

25, 1951. Robert J. Barrett"...

7. Full 'statement of Inspector Howard V. Covell, Metropolitan

Police Department -------

8. Financial questionnaire submitted by William T. Murphy.

i captain, Metropolitan Police Department.---

9. Statement of Nathaniel Yvonne Tavlor, given December 26,

1951, in the offices of the Subcommittee, and sworn to be-

fore a notary public..

10. Statement of Jacqueline Terry, given December 17, 1951; in

the offices of the subcommittee, and sworn to before a

notary public.---
11. Certificate from Dr. William B. Wardrop, dated January 16,

1952, re physical condition of Sam Beard. -----
12. Certificate of Dr. Joseph G. Glenn, dated January 16, 1952, re

physical condition of Sam Beach --

13. Letter to the committee from Dr. Benjamin Rones, re physical

condition of Abe Plisco.--.

14. Note notices from Riggs National Bank to Charles H. Nelson.-

15. Report to the committee by Dr. Ronald A. Cox, of his examina-

tion of Abe Plisco. -----

16. Report to the committee by Dr. Clayton B. Ethridge, of his

examination of Sam Beard.

17. Financial questionnaire submitted by Jacob Wolf, lieutenant,

Metropolitan Police Department.--

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· 1 On file with committee.

13 Written into record.

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