By- Suzie-Q @ 7:30 PM MST
American Mafia- By John William Tuohy
When Hensley strolled out of the joint, Marley bought his silence with a lucrative Phoenix-based Budweiser beer distributorship.
Just when you think they’re out, they pull themselves back in again.
The mob has come close to setting up camp in the Oval Office more then once, through Truman, Kennedy and Nixon, but their ultimate dream never actually comes to fruition, for one reason or another.
But, I almost admire their tenacity. And I stress the word almost.
Take the recent example of Senator John McCann, [sic], Presidential candidate and Senator from Arizona.
Very few people outside the world of organized crime realize that the father of the Senator’s second wife is James W. Hensley.
And who was James W. Hensley, you ask.
He was an Arizona businessman who fell in with the wrong crowd a while back, and ended up taking the rap for a wheeler-dealer named Kemper Marley, Sr. over a liquor violation case back in 1948.
Although Hensley was represented by the best defense Arizona cash could buy, the services of future Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Justice William Rehnquist, he got slammed away for a whole year.
But it all worked out. When Hensley strolled out of the joint, Marley bought his silence with a lucrative Phoenix-based Budweiser beer distributorship.
So, who is this Kemper Marley Sr?
To answer that you have to go back to a sweltering summer day in 1976 when Don Bolles, a reporter for the Arizona Republican Newspaper, stepped into his Datsun, put his foot on the peddle and was blown to bits. Parts of the reporter’s body were found ten feet from the burning car.
Bolles had been poking into Arizona’s local and state governments and discovered a land fraud ring, influence peddling, and shady deals that appeared to lead to the very top of Arizona’s power structure and to Senator Barry Goldwater’s doorstep.
If the purpose of murdering Bolles was to cover a series of crimes, it was a big mistake. An enraged news media descended on Arizona, determined to uncover the facts behind the Bolles killing.
The investigation led to a Phoenix liquor magnate and one time Bookie named Kemper Marley Sr., who had ties to Arizona’s resident Mafia Prince, Peter Licavoli.
Marley was a major financial and political power in the state and wanted to take back his seat on the Arizona Racing Commission. He had already been appointed to the post in 1976 by the Governor, only to resign several days later when his ties to organized crime surfaced.
The reporter who made the connections between the mob and Marley was Don Bolles.
Although never charged with the murder, most reporters on the scene believed that Kemper Marley ordered Bolles’ murder. Their suspicions were confirmed when John Adamson, an alleged burglar and arsonist, confessed to blowing up Bolles.