Mobster Joseph Valachi told a Senate Committee today (27 September) that his gangland chief...Vito Genovese...marked?
Valachi being questioned.
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Background: Mobster Joseph Valachi told a Senate Committee today (27 September) that his gangland chief...Vito Genovese...marked him for death by planting a kiss on his cheek.
Valachi said he replied by kissing Genovese on the cheek. The incident occurred when the two men were cell mates at the federal penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia. Valachi said another cell mate told him later Genovese had given him the kiss of death.
Valachi described how he became more and more fearful after the incident and finally killed a man in the prison yard by hitting him three times on the head with an iron pipe.
Senator John McClellan (Democrat of Arkansas), the Committee Chairman, did most of the questioning of Valachi. But Senator Jacob Javits (Republican of New York) asked Valachi about his years in the crime syndicate known as Cosa Nostra. To the question what did you do for the syndicate, Valachi replied: "I'd go out and kill for them."