Clipped From Logansport Pharos-Tribune
OOP's Bulen Linked To Organized Crime INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) — Former Indiana -Republican National Committeeman L. Keith Bulen and some of his •Ides may have provided the political clout needed for some members of organized crime to move in on Indianapolis, according, to a copyrighted story in. today'* edition* of the Indianapolis Star. The newspaper is.running a series of articles based on an eight-month investigation it made Into organized crime in UMMtkWs nth largest city. It apecWcally mentioned Bulen and his assistant. Edgar L. "Nick" Longworth, plus Thomas £ "Buddy" Parker Jr., deputy director of * the Indianapolis Department of Administration, and Police Capt. Charles E. Broekingas being friends to Morris Mitchell, 46, Zionsville. Mitchell is the nephew of the late numbers racket- boss-Isaac "Tuffy" Mitchell,.and is a former bail bondsman who had been involved in real estate, night clubs and a series of liquor stores/The paper says he is also well known in gambling circles and has been known to steer prospective borrowers to out of state "money men" with ties to racketeers in' Chicago. Cleveland, Las Vegas and Detroit. The paper mentioned that Mitchell's wife, Shirley, owns a successful trotting horse with Bulen, who says his friendship with Mitchell "at no time" involved political favors.' •' The paper said Sunday that organized crime "maintains a .quiet but powerful influence in Indianapolis ranging froth gambling to pornography to a variety of fraudulent money schemes." The activities through which the racketeers, gamblers and hoodlums operated are the city's private clubs, extensive horse race booking and sports parlay cards. "Unquestionable, gambling and.fencing of stolen goods are the twin hubs of organized crime's interests fn Indianapolis," the paper said. The paper said its investigation deter- mined'that local gamblers had syndicate friendships and associated regularly with career hoodlums who have been arrested, but never convicted, for murder. Indianapolis connections could be traced to Prohibitionera bootleggers, .the so- called Jewish Mob. and the Mafia or La CosaNostra. The story said law enforcement agencies believed six unsolved murders were related to mob activites. Five persons were killed Jn 197] and another last'July, the Star said: ' ' '•As an 'open city,' Indianapolis is fertile ground for. hoodlums and mob-connected-, con men 'from around the country to ply their trade, and it is not always blatant or open, "the article said. " ,' ' The paper- added police two years ago had* Information that a well-known member of the east coast Mafia worked In 1 the city at a finance company and bought' time-payment contracts from persons suspected of fraud in the home improvement business. "An investigation never got off the ground under circumstances which illustrate the- frustrations some investigators face in probing organized crime,"-the paper said. "Polite*! Interference, legal constraints on the collection of Intelligence and manpower shortages stand in the way i", Manpower shortages resuttedbecause of political apathy and ^wdi*'pronoun- cements * that; organized crime had' -bypassed IndJanapolto, the paper said. '•Only recently has the city department mated a full-time intelligence unit whose focus will inch**, organized crime," the Initial article concluded. .