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This is partly in response to not thinking someone as unreliable as Robert Easterling would have a role to play in the assassination. :)

As per the first link, the article written by Dolan's son, Dolan lived in Oak Cliff in 1963 - on the corner of 10th and Edgefield. He knew Harrelson, Ruby, Trafficante, Marcello, Giancana, Braden, Kirkwood, etc. He worked on an Edwin Walker campaign. There are 118 hits for "James Dolan" at NARA.

As per the HSCA report:

Dolan's aliases have included Jim de Lare, James Harry Dolan, Jim Dolan, Jimmy Dolan, James Bradley, and "Hamily."

From a NARA search for Braden's aliases:

INDENT RECORD, BRADLEY, HARRY EUGENE, LEE, JAMES

BRADLEY, COLE, JAMES LEE, BRADING, EUGENE, BRADY,

GENE, BRADING, GENE, BRADING, EUGENE HALE, BRADEN, JIM

Is it possible that Dolan played a role in the SS impersonation game on 11/22? Did he know Easterling perhaps? Where was he at 12:30pm on 11/22? 1:00pm?

This entire article is quite facinating.

http://www.lotuseaters.net/jfkdad.shtml

Excerpt:

He was finally caught for good in a setup in a bar in downtown Dallas in late 1977. This time they kept the clamps on him and transferred him to the max facility in Atlanta. He stayed there until final adjudication sent him to the El Reno facility outside Oklahoma City. Sometime in 1979, while still in Atlanta, he phoned me at home and said, "Hey look, I want you to know that some guy has written a book about how the mob whacked Jack Kennedy. They say I knew something about who whacked Jack Kennedy, and I want you to know that I don't know nothing about who whacked that Kennedy. You hear me?"

http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/jfk/hsca..._Vol9_0213b.htm

iv. James Henry DolanBiographical Summary(924) According to an FBI report, (118.4) James Henry Dolan wasborn October 25, 1914, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In the 1930's, he leftschool and worked fora year in a California hotel. In 1938,he returnedto Cedar Rapids and worked for his brother-in-law in a food business.In 1941 and 1942, Dolan was employed as a structural iron worker.He reportedly did some boxing as a youth and was associated withpeople in the boxing profession. He served in the U.S. Army fromAugust 1, 1942, to December 21, 1945, and received an honorabledischarge. He moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in November or Decemberof 1950 and established his first permanent address at 4045 NorthFifth Street. While in Phoenix, Dolan claimed self-employment atthe Jefferson Street Gym. Dolan left. Phoenix in the spring of 1951and moved to the Denver area where, on May 1, 1951, he rented acabin at Rosedale Ranch, Evergreen, Colo. On January 9, 1952, Dolanpled guilty in the U.S . District Court in Denver to impersonating aFederal officer. He received a .5-year suspended sentence and wasplaced on probation.(1184)(925) It was subsequently disclosed that Dolan had violated hisprobation by "rigging" a poker game in Denver and resorting toviolence. On October 3, 1953, a probation violation warrant wasissued, and Dolan was arrested in Chicago on October 5, 1953, byFBI agents. At the time of his arrest, Dolan was reportedly em-ployed for the American Television Company in Chicago.(1185)(926) On November 2, 1953, Dolan's probation was revoked, andhe was ordered to serve .5 years in prison, with a 3-year probationarysentence to follow imprisonment. He was incarcerated at the U.S.Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kans., until October 1954. He wasthen transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution at Seago-ville, Tex., from which he was released on February 21, 1956. (1186)He was placed on probation under the supervision of a U.S. probationofficer in Dallas, Tex., until September 25, 1959. (1187)(927) Following Dolan's release from prison, he was employed for abrief period by Windy City Distributors in Chicago. In 1956, hemoved to Dallas, Tex., and was employed by the Rush Rug Co., 4729Maple Avenue, Dallas.(11,48)(928) In 1957, he was employed by Sears, Roebuck & Co. in Dallasand by Paymaster Co. (check protectors) . From 1958 to 1961, Dolan,vas employed as the Dallas representative of the American Guild ofVariety Artists (AGVA) . After leaving AGVA, he was employed fora brief period as a car salesman at a used-car lot owned by Nick Cas-cio.* (118.9) After this, Dolan was reportedly employed as a travelingsalesman for an unidentified company.(11,90) In 1961, Dolan's attor-nev in Dallas indicated Dolan was employed by an unidentified whole-sale flower concern. (1192)(929) While Dolan was in Dallas, he resided at 101 North Edgefieldand, in 1968, at 5509 Caladium.(1193) In June 1969, he wasreportedly*Oascio is described by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as a"traveling criminal" whose specialties are planning large burglaries and rob-beries and acting as a fence. (1190)

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419residing in Chicagoat 423Wrightwood.(1194) In October1969,he wasresiding with hisbrother in Glenview, Ill. (1195)(930) Dolan's aliases have included Jim de Lare, James HarryDolan, Jim Dolan, Jimmy Dolan, James Bradley, and "Hamily."(931) Illegal Activities.-Dolan has been described as one of the twomost notorious hoodlums who resided in Dallas. (1196) An informantdescribed him as a strong-arm man who had been employed by Traffi-cante.* (1197) Dolan reportedly traveled throughout southeastern andmidwestern United States and had numerous underworld contactsthroughout these areas.(1198)(932) His specialties included armed robbery of bookmakers, gam-blers, and houses of prostitution, confidence swindles, and shakedownrackets.(1199) Dolan had also, on occasion, professed to be a gambler.A source familiar with union activities reported that a poker game inwhich Dolan participated was in almost regular session at the AGVAoffices. (1200)(933) Dolan was also associated with bookmaking in Dallas. A 1962report states that the primary bookmaking operation in Dallas wasdirected by John Eli Stone, Albert Meadows and Sherman Franklin.(1201) Thereport listsDolan amongthose who were "closely associatedwith this group and especially with Meadows and Little," who "inaddition to gambling themselves extensively, act as strong-arm menor collection men whenever asked."(1202) In 1961 it was reported thatDolan was engaged in "booking" with Johnny Ross Patrono andBobby Chapman.(1208)(934) On December 2, 1949, Dolan was held by Illinois police forinvestigation and subsequently released without charges being filed.(1204) On July 30, 1951, Dolan surrendered to the U.S. Marshal inDenver to face chargesof impersonating a Federalofficer-he had beeninvolved in impersonating Internal Revenue Service agents. AnthonyColossacco, who was described as a "known gambler, burglar, and ex-convict," was suspected of "fingering" the victim for Dolan in theimpersonation ploy.(1205) (Colossacco has also been described as anassociate of the Smaldone Gang, who are alleged to control gamblingactivities in the Denver area.) Dolan was convicted on this charge onJanuary 9, 1952, and placed on probation. (1206)(935) In 1952, Dolan was reportedly involved in a "rigged" pokergame in Denver and had resorted to violence, threatening the life ofthe victim of thescheme. (1207)(936) On July 11, 1951, Denver police arrested Raymond JamesConley, Joseph R. Snell and Sidney Neveleff on charges of operatinga racetrack swindle in Denver. Dolan was reportedly involved init.(1208) On July 30, 1951, Dolan surrendered to the district attor-ney's office in Denver on the same charge.(1209) He was'imprisonedfrom 1953 to February 21,1956.(937) In March 1959, Dolan was reportedly in Hot Springs, Ark.,participating in plans to rob a bank messenger at Pearl, Miss.(1210)(938) Dolan was employed at AGVA from 1958 to 1961. A sourceacquainted with the union considered it "a racketeer proposition."'Trafcante was a leading organized crime figure operating out of Florida.

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(1211) The source stated "he did not doubt Dolan may have used hisposition for extra income by requiring payoffs from band leadersandpersonsseeking entertainers." (1212)(939) On January 16, 1961, Dolan, George Fuqua, and Betty LeeJohnson were arrested by the highway patrol near Biloxi, Miss. (1213)They were charged with violation of the Federal Firearms Act (carry-ing a concealed weapon), possession of stolen property and possessionof burglary tools. On January 18, 1961, Dolan and Johnson pledguilty to the firearm violation and were fined. Dolan pled not guiltyto possession of burglary tools and was released on bond.(1214) Dolansubsequently entered a guilty plea on October 18, 1963, and received a5-year suspended sentence.(940) On February 2, 1961, Dolan was apprehended in Dallas whenleaving his home with George Everett Thomas, a "notorious Dallaspolice character." (1215) There is no indication whether charges werefiled.(941) On February 16,1961, Dolan was arrested by the Dallas policefor breaking into a paytelephone.(1216)(942) On March 2, 1961, it was reported that three men entered theMelvin Sugarek Ranch, near Beeville, Tex., and held up a poker game,escaping with $26,000.(1217) On February 28,1961, Fuqua had checkedinto the Shamrock Motel in Dallas. A large gathering was held thereafter the robbery; it included Fuqua, Dolan, Charles David Boyd,Bob Fletcher, Eddie Tom Greer, Thurman Giles, Billy Ray Gimes,Garen Insley, Jerry Gordon and an Anderson. (1218) On March 7,1961, Dolan surrendered to the Texas Rangers in connection with therobbery.(1219) In May 1961, the Beesville grand jury returned nobill of indictment against Dolan.(1220)(943) On April 4, 1962, Dolan was observed in the company ofEddieTomGreen, who wasdescribed by Dallas police intelligence "asaperson who, according to their informants, specializes in armed rob-beries of prostitutes, gamblers, and bootleggers and is known to as-sociate with Dolan and known Dallas hijacker George Fuqua." (1221)On April 25, 1962, an informant advised that Dolan had just returnedto Dallas. He would not state where he had been, but did say he wasthen in the "fire business," meaning arson. (1222) On October 10, 1962,it was reported that Dolan had participated in a robbery of a clubfinanced by Sherman Franklin Little.(1223)(944) On April 17, 1963, it was reported that Dolan had been ar-rested by the sheriff's office in Baton Rouge, La.(1224) Dolan andGlen Ernest Burnett were reportedly acting in a suspicious manner atthe Holiday Inn in Baton Rouge and were suspected of being in pos-session of a stolen telephone truck.(1225) On April 18, 1963, it wasdetermined that Dolan was not identified with either person believedto be in possession of thetruck.(1226)(945) On May 10, 1963, a Cadillac was stopped in New Orleanswhich was driven and owned by Dimitry Saik,* who operated a baron Bourbon Street. Dolan was also in the car. (1227) On May 21, 1963,*Saik frequented the Town and Country Restaurant owned by Joseph A.Poretto, who was an associate of Carlos Marcello.

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421it was reported that Dolan had a "large score" set up in the New Or-leans area by a "Carlos" (last name unknown), which was to occuron May 26, 1963. Eugene Ruben McCroskey and Carl Angelo deLuna* were also to be involved.(1228)(946) On June 1, 1963, Dolan reportedly was in Shreveport, La., tomeet "Carlos" and plan the robbery, scheduled for June 3,1963.(1229)Dolan was unable to contact De Luna and McCroskey, so the robberywas postponed again, and Dolan returned to Dallas.(1230)(947) It was reported that Dolan attempted to gain the assistance ofDavid Fred Hagler and Robert Paul Winters for a June 10 robbery.(1231) Dolan learned, however, that the planned robbery was knownto the police, so it was again postponed. (1232)(948) On June 24, 1963, Dolan was arrested by the New Jerseypolice.(1233) Dolan was charged with possession of a concealedweapon and auto theft.(1231) He was arraigned on July 23, 1963, inEast Windsor Township Municipal Court and released on $4,000 bond.(1235) Dolan pled not guilty and was indicted on August 2,1963.(1236)(949) On July 29, 1963, Dolan was arrested at the Executive InnMotel's private club in Dallas for assaulting a security guard, C. F.Bentley. (1237) On July 30, 1963,Dolan was charged with aggravittedassault of a police officer.(1238) On July 31, 1963, Dolan and an un-identified Dallas attorney appeared at the Dallas police station andattempted to get the charge dropped.(1239) According to an FBIairtel, the Dallas Police Department planned to press charges.(1210)(950) On September 10, 1963, Dolan was found not guilty of a dis-orderly conduct charge in East Windsor Township Municipal Court,New Jersey. (1211) It was reported that Dolan was free on approxi-mately $12,000 bail on various charges in New Jersey.(1212)(951) On October 18, 1963, Dolan appeared in the circuit court inGulfport, Miss., and entered a guilty plea to a charge of posses-sion of burglary tools. (1213) He received a 5-year suspended sen-tence and was placed on probation for 5 years. (1211)(952) On November 15, 1963, Dolan was observed in Dallas. (1215)On November 21, 1963, he was seen by FBI agents entering a tire shop,reportedly operated by a Dallas bookmaker, T. B. Turns, as a book-making establishment.(1216) On December 9, 1963, Dolan was ar-rested by the Dallas police, along with Jess Raymond Bridwell andRobert Elmer Woolverton, at the Sheraton Hotel.(1217) They weresuspected of planning a jewel robbery(1248) and were found with 36pairs of crooked dice, two unsigned cashiers checks bearing the head-ing of a nonexistent Billings, Mont., bank, and a list of 10,000 persons,along with their wagering limits. (1219)(953) On December 29, 1963, Dolan was given a 1- to 3-year sentencefor arson, to be served at the Kansas State Penitentiary. He was re-leased on October 24, 1967.(1250) On July 17, 1972, Dolan failed toappear in the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, Ga., on a charge ofinterstate transport of stolen property.(1251)*De Luna was a Kansas City hoodlum.

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422Organized Crime Connections(954) Connections with, Santos Trafcante.-An FBI report states :In late 1960 or 1961, George Fuqua and James Henry Dolanwent to Miami, Florida, where Doh)n introduced Fuqua toSantos Trafficante, Jr., through Trafficante's associate, MiloBell. The purpose of the contact was to ascertain if Bell andTrafficante could use Dolan and Fuqua in the "collection"business or as enforcers for Trafficante. Trafficante allegedlytold these two Dallas people that he wanted a "bolito manknocked off and roughedup, as this man was holding out.on his collections and owed Trafficante some money. Dolanand Fuqua were told by Trafficante that their fee for doingthis would be whatever money they would take from thebolito man after roughing him up. This bolito man waspointed out to Fuqua and Dolan by Bell, who also acquaintedthem with the man's habits and activities. Dolan and Fuquasubsequently "knocked off" this man and got about $7,000.About two weeks after this, at Trafficante's request, a secondbolito man was pointed out and "set up" by Bell and he, too,was robbed and beaten by Dolan and Fuqua.(1252)(955) The only other indication of any association. between Dolanand Trafficante occurred in February 1961 when Dolan was arrestedin Dallas forbreaking into a pay telephone. At the time of his arrest,Dolan was placing a call to Marlowe Bell, who is identical to MiloBell, and a close associate of Trafficante. (1253)(956) Connections with Carlos Marcello.-In March 1963, it waslearned that Dolan had been on atrip to New Orleans and Mississippi.It was said that Dolan, while in New Orleans, had spoken to Carlos(last name unknown, possibly Marcello), "a big-time New Orleanshoodlum," who told him that the FBI was checking on him and show-ing his picture around.(1254)(957) As stated previously, on May 10, 1963, Dolan had been stoppedby the New Orleans police in the company of Dimitry Saik, who wassaid to frequent the Town and Country Restaurant owned by JosephA. Poretto, an associate of Marcello.(1255) On May 21, 1963, it wasreported that Dolan had a "large score" set up in the New Orleansarea by a "Carlos" (last name unknown.), to take place during theweek beginning on May 26, 1963.(1256) On June 1, 1963, Dolan re-portedly was in Shreveport, La., to meet this "Carlos" regarding therobbery. (1257)(958) The FBI contacted several informants who stated it wasdoubtful Marcello would set up a "score" for Dolan. They did state,however, that Nofio Pecora possibly might assist Dolan.(1258) Pecorawas a Marcello associate who operated the Tropical Tourist Courtin New Orleans. (1259) On February 1, 1963, a New Orleans inform-ant had observed George Fuqua at Martin's Restaurant across thestreet from the Tropical Tourist Court. (1260) A 1964 FBI reportwhich listed Nofio Pecora's known criminal associates included thenamesof Dolan and George Fuqua.(1261)(959) Other Connections.-There are several indications that Dolanwas associated with organized crime individuals during the early

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4231950's when he was in Denver, Colo. Anthony Colassacco allegedlywas involved with Dolan in the impersonation case. (1262) Colassaccowas an associate of the Smaldone Gang in Denver. (1263) Dolan wasknown to have been at least acquainted with James "The Weasel"Fratianno,(1264) a known west coast organized crime figure. StephenSambur, a Los Angeles gambler and hoodlum, observed Fratianno,Dolan and Colassacco conferring at the Brown Palace Hotel inDenver. (1265)Association with, Jack Ruby(960)When the FBI interviewed Dolan in 1963, he stated he hadknown Ruby since 1957. (1266) Dolan stated he saw a lot of Rubywhen Dolan worked for AGVA. (1267) He also visited Ruby's clubon "several occasions." (1268) Dolan stated he "had not been in Ruby'sclub in over a year and he last saw Ruby about 3 months ago at theTown and Country Restaurant in downtown Dallas."(1269)(961)When the committee interviewed Dolan, he again admittedknowing Ruby. (1270) He could recall two specific incidents that con-cerned Ruby and AGVA. The first arose when Ruby wanted a per-former to date a customer. While the performer did not want to do so,she refused to file a complaint. The second occurred when Ruby hitJoe Peterson, the manager of a group that performed a show called"Bottom's Up." (1271) Breck Wall ran the group and, in his WarrenCommission testimony, confirmed Dolan's account of Ruby's havingpunched Peterson. Wall added, however, that the AGVA representa-tive, James Dolan, sided with Ruby in the dispute. (1272) He stated,"Jack Ruby and Jim Dolan took the show over and made our kidsperform the show."(1273)(962)Dolan wasalso associated with R. D. Matthews, another Dallashoodlum associate of Jack Ruby(127/) who was said to be a frequentvisitor to Dolan's AGVA office. (1275) Matthews also assisted Dolanin collecting a "bonus" from a nightclub owner in Hot Springs,Ark. (1276) On May 29, 1963, Dallas police intelligence advised thatDolan had recently been in contact with R. D. Matthews,(1277) al-legedly discussing the need for $2,000 to gain the release of their asso-ciate, George Fuqua. (1278)(963)An investigation of telephone calls made by Dolanand GeorgeEverett Thomas indicated a call was made to the American BondingAgency in Chicago, (1279) which is operated by IrwinWeiner,a majorfigure in organized crime and the Teamsters. Ruby called Weiner onOctober 26, 1963, and Weiner has admitted previous contacts withRuby. (1280)Treatment by the tiharren Commission(964)Dolan was interviewed by thu FBI regarding his associationwith Jack Ruby, (1281) but was not questioned regarding his organizedcrime associates or criminal activities. He also was not questionedregarding any knowledge of Ruby's connections with organized crimeor the Dallas criminal element.(965)Dolan was referred to intwo other FBI interviews. In one,Jewel Brown stated that Dolan had contacted her in 1959, requestingthat she work for Ruby at the Sovereign Club.(1282) Brown workedfor Ruby for 7 months, but quit as a result of a disagreement regard-

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424ing Ruby's advances toward her. (1283) At the request of AGVA, shereturned to the club and completed her contract.(1284) .(966) In the second interview, Lillian McCardell stated that Bea-trice Arnell had informed her that Ruby had slapped her at theCarousel. (1285) Arnell went to the Dallas Police Department to re-port the assault and was told to forget it. (1286) She then went toDolan and reportedly was told by Dolan "to forget the incident be-cause Ruby had too much on the Dallas Police Department for such atrivialcharge." (1287)(967) As stated previously, Dolan was also referred to in BreckWall's Warren Commission testimony.(1288)(968) There is no indication that any Warren Commission staffmember interviewed Dolan. He did not testify before the Commissionand there is no indication that the Warren Commission was aware ofthe extent of Dolan's criminal activities.Other Infor-nation(969) When Dolan was in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1951, he was observedin the company of James Bradley Lee. (1289) Lee is identical withEugene Hale Brading, al.a. James Braden.(1290) It was the inform-ant's opinion that Brading and Victor Periera might have conveyed toDolantheidea that he could operate successfully as a "con man." (1291)When FBI agents attempted to interview Brading, he refused to an-swer any questions regarding himself or his associates. (1292) Bradenwas detained for questioning in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963.(1293)(970) Interview with Dolan by House Select Committee on Assas-sinations staff.

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NAMEJames Henry Dolan425SELECT COMMITTEE ON ASSASSINATIONSDate 3/9/78Address Atlanta Federal PenitentizLyace SameKennedyTime2 :30m.Interview : Prior to our interviewwith Dolan, an inmate atthe federal penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia, I conferredwith .his attorney Roger Thompsonas to the nature and scopeof the subject matter to be covered. Unfortunately,Dolan hadnot been explicitly told the identity of the persons comingto visit him and was a bit apprehensive about an interview.However, once the situation was explained to him and wehadan opportunity to speak with his attorney, he was verycoopera-tive .Dolan was an ex-fighter (light heavyweight) whohadserved time prior to his obtaining a job inDallas as the AGVArepresentative in approximately 1957 .He Stated that he hadno connections in getting the job and hadan attorney satisfyhimself that he would not be violatingthe Landum-Griffin Actby accepting the position .Basically, he was concerned with enforcingminimumstandards for entertaining employees in the Dallas area whichincluded the strip-tease performers .As a consequence of hisposition, he became acquainted with JackRuby whom he describedas a poor businessman and "bully ."Interviewer44-105 0 - 79 - 28(Signature)Gohn W . Hornbeck(Typed)Date TranscribedRife 3/14/78

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426Two specific incidents caused Dolan to dislike Ruby .The first problem occurred as a result of Ruby trying tocancel the contract of a Breck Wall show called "Bottcms Up,"a fairly well-known musical-style review . During the courseof arbitration, voices and tempers became raised and Rubysuddenly punched Joe Peterson ("a little fairy"), supposedlyon behalf of Dolan .According to Dolan, this one-punch fight was typical ofRuby, who had a reputation for "picking his spots" and wasa real "bully," especially around his club where a lot ofDallas policemen "hung out ."The second encounter involved a.complaint by one ofRuby's strippers who alleged Ruby ordered her to "date" someof the customers, which is against union policy .Unfortunately,said Dolan, the girl did not file a formal complaint, so thatthe union was unable to take any formal action .Ruby had a poor business sense and made some unwisedecisions when he was "booking" legitimate acts and thus -ventinto "strippers" in order to make money .In contrast to theweinsteins who ran a good operation, Ruby's Club did not havea great reputation, although Dolan did not have any informa-tion re gambling or prostitution .As to AGVA problems, Dolan was not aware that Rubywould "go over his head" or even knew union leaders .AlthoughRuby frequently talked about his days in Chicago and impliedan association with people from his neighborhood who had

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427cx;,WN41gained a reputation as part of the c'val element .Dolan could recall no specific problem involving theuse of amateur strippers as the problem was tightly controlledby the union and each club was permitted one show per week,using non-union talent provided that the winner was given afuture union contract .Dolan had no contract with Eva Grant and thought thatthe Vegas Club did not use "strippers ."As to Ruby's slaying of Oswald, Dolan believed thatRhad an ego drive to impugnpeople, was an extreme"police buff," had grandiose schemes, wanted to"be a hero"and thought he could "get by"with. killing Oswald since hehad made good police contacts .In sum, Ruby was a "sickman."Hearsay was that Ruby took "uppers" as he wasex-tremely aggressive .Another common story was that Ruby hadbeen run out of Chicago by the mob, although Dolanhad notheard that Ruby was mob-connected in Dallas .Socially, Rubyliked to associate with anyone who was a "figure."Dolan acknowledged that he was very familiarwith thegambling "scene" in Dallas which he described asmostly "free-lance" with no mob control .He knew that Civello was atAppalachiain 1957 but had no real organization of whichDolan was aware .Ruby was not a part of the gambling picturein Dallas and Dolan could not conceive ofRuby being connectedto the mob, as he was too erratic and closelyassociated withpolicemen all the time .

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428We went over the list of names of Ruby associatesand Dolan commented upon some of them .Certain nameslike Baker, Weiner and Dorfman he recognized as Chicagounion officials but whom he did not know personally .Mc Williewas friendly with Ruby and was a "manabout town" although usually he was hurting for money .His only real "connection" was with Benny Benionin the1940's.Dolan understood that Ruby had lent McWilllemoney and that the trip to Cuba in 1959 was to collect thesums advanced .R. D. Matthews was another well-known gambler, probablyknown to Ruby, since he frequented the "joints" of Dallas .Joe Campisiwas a familiar name in Dallas as arestauranteur but Dolan had no information as to his gamblingor book-making.H . L . Hunt was known as a gambler who had gotten "taken"in some card games but Dolan had no specific information .He also knew Kirkwood, Bonds, and Jack Todd but could notrelate any particular association with Ruby .Jim Braden, or Brading, was unfamiliar to Dolan untilI mentioned Phoenix and James Brady Lee, in connection withsome boxing promotion .Dolan stated that he would be happyto identify a photo but he could not be sure that Lee wasthe person also known as Braden .We had to leave as the pre-dinner "lock-up" ritual was

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429being observed but Dolan and his counsel indicated that hewould try and refresh his memory and would contact us if hehad additional information .I stated that we would providea letter indicating that Dolan had been cooperative ifnecessary .

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Identifying Information :NameJames Henry DolanDate 3/9/78Address Atlanta Federal Peniten tiaryPlaceSame'City/State Atlanta . GeorgiaTelephoneDate of BirthM or S_Social SecuritySpouse_'Children. Physical Description :HeightColor EyesHair,WeiSpecial Characteristics_'EthGroupPerson al History :a .Present Employment :InmateAddress Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, Atlanta, GeorgiaTelephoneb .Criminal Record1 .Arrests2 .ConvictionsINVESTIGATION INTERVIEW SCHEDULE430Additional Personal Information :a .Relative(s) :Name Knew Ruby, etc .Addressb . Area frequented :Atlanta, Dallasc . Remarks :was an AGUA representativeInvestigatorJohn W .

HornbeckKENNEDY.2 :301HDateTyped 3/13/78 . RifeForm 14-B

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James Henry Dolan was also wanted for a 1961 armed robbery in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He had a long history with the FBI who chased him all over the place.

Dolan was also associated with Dallas identity Jack Todd. Now there's a guy with some interesting connections.

James

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Lee,

James Henry Dolan was also wanted for a 1961 armed robbery in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He had a long history with the FBI who chased him all over the place.

Dolan was also associated with Dallas identity Jack Todd. Now there's a guy with some interesting connections.

James

http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/russ/m_j_russ/todd.htm

Thanks James. I would like to see this interview reinacted with a Bud Abbott and Lou Costello lookalike. Yep - sure sounds as if Todd knew just about everybody, but apparently well enough. :)

First time I have ever heard of an Oil company [drilling and setting up wells] with only 2 employees.

- lee

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Fuqua was a member of the Dixie Mafia, a loosely organized group of criminals operating in the Southern States in the 60's and 70-'s. Fuqua was whacked, along with his girlfriend, in November of 1968. Cops fingered the Dixie Mafia.

Dolan also had connections with the Smaldone family out of Denver. The Smaldones, along with Jim COletti of PUeblo, ran the Colorado Mafia scene. The Smaldone brothers were known for their fear-inducing nicknames of Checkers, Flip-Flop, and Chauncey.

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Fuqua was a member of the Dixie Mafia, a loosely organized group of criminals operating in the Southern States in the 60's and 70-'s. Fuqua was whacked, along with his girlfriend, in November of 1968. Cops fingered the Dixie Mafia.

Dolan also had connections with the Smaldone family out of Denver. The Smaldones, along with Jim COletti of PUeblo, ran the Colorado Mafia scene. The Smaldone brothers were known for their fear-inducing nicknames of Checkers, Flip-Flop, and Chauncey.

Hello Scott.

Curious to get your take on this - Dolan was a grifter - seems that he was always floating about - however at the same time, making connections. How does this figure in? It appears, in my somewhat ignorant estimation, that the Syndicate operated on geographical territory. James Dolan's son has his Father failing to finalize the terms of a Dallas swing to Marcello. Under whose control would Dallas have been? How frequently were characters like Dolan capable of working for multiple Power players? Would it be common for a boss to simply provide contract work on the basis of a reference or something? Would Easterling have been a similar type of individual then? I was thinking that perhaps if I had more detail on Easterling, I might be able to find a timeframe when the two would have been operating for the same boss, working the same assignment, or at least spending time in the same prison. Dolan sounds like he was more of a con - also working insurance gags - however he was also arrested multiple times with plenty of burglarly type equipment - which would make it logical for him to have crossed paths someplace with a known safe cracker in the business?

Another interesting thing I noted was the geographical areas where Dolan was working - as per the record available. Would you consider these to be major Syndicate controlled areas? So Dolan would essentially be working within the confines of the illegal activity prevalent in the area, which would have been on the basis of one Maffia or another? Conning the suckers - which was a natural play for his move to 'the arts?'

East Windsor NJ - what the hell? I mean, if he had been arrested in Bloomfield, Verona, Montclair - I'd be thinking it made sense. Or on the wharves or something. What's in East Windsor?

- lee

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Fuqua was a member of the Dixie Mafia, a loosely organized group of criminals operating in the Southern States in the 60's and 70-'s. Fuqua was whacked, along with his girlfriend, in November of 1968. Cops fingered the Dixie Mafia.

Dolan also had connections with the Smaldone family out of Denver. The Smaldones, along with Jim COletti of PUeblo, ran the Colorado Mafia scene. The Smaldone brothers were known for their fear-inducing nicknames of Checkers, Flip-Flop, and Chauncey.

Scott,

James Walter Cherry whacked Fuqua by firing several shots into Fuqua's face and then dumping him in a ditch. Cherry was also the guy who killed Dallas County Deputy Sheriff Buddy Walthers.

Fuqua below.

James

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Lee,

James Henry Dolan was also wanted for a 1961 armed robbery in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He had a long history with the FBI who chased him all over the place.

Dolan was also associated with Dallas identity Jack Todd. Now there's a guy with some interesting connections.

James

http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/russ/m_j_russ/todd.htm

Thanks James. I would like to see this interview reinacted with a Bud Abbott and Lou Costello lookalike. Yep - sure sounds as if Todd knew just about everybody, but apparently well enough. <_<

First time I have ever heard of an Oil company [drilling and setting up wells] with only 2 employees.

- lee

Lee,

That is one of the more bizarre interviews. I especially like the bit where Todd is being told the FBI had interviewed him and him saying that they hadn't. It is certainly a 'Who's on first' moment.

Jack Todd below.

James

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Fuqua was a member of the Dixie Mafia, a loosely organized group of criminals operating in the Southern States in the 60's and 70-'s. Fuqua was whacked, along with his girlfriend, in November of 1968. Cops fingered the Dixie Mafia.

Dolan also had connections with the Smaldone family out of Denver. The Smaldones, along with Jim COletti of PUeblo, ran the Colorado Mafia scene. The Smaldone brothers were known for their fear-inducing nicknames of Checkers, Flip-Flop, and Chauncey.

Hello Scott.

Curious to get your take on this - Dolan was a grifter - seems that he was always floating about - however at the same time, making connections. How does this figure in? It appears, in my somewhat ignorant estimation, that the Syndicate operated on geographical territory. James Dolan's son has his Father failing to finalize the terms of a Dallas swing to Marcello. Under whose control would Dallas have been? How frequently were characters like Dolan capable of working for multiple Power players? Would it be common for a boss to simply provide contract work on the basis of a reference or something? Would Easterling have been a similar type of individual then? I was thinking that perhaps if I had more detail on Easterling, I might be able to find a timeframe when the two would have been operating for the same boss, working the same assignment, or at least spending time in the same prison. Dolan sounds like he was more of a con - also working insurance gags - however he was also arrested multiple times with plenty of burglarly type equipment - which would make it logical for him to have crossed paths someplace with a known safe cracker in the business?

Another interesting thing I noted was the geographical areas where Dolan was working - as per the record available. Would you consider these to be major Syndicate controlled areas? So Dolan would essentially be working within the confines of the illegal activity prevalent in the area, which would have been on the basis of one Maffia or another? Conning the suckers - which was a natural play for his move to 'the arts?'

East Windsor NJ - what the hell? I mean, if he had been arrested in Bloomfield, Verona, Montclair - I'd be thinking it made sense. Or on the wharves or something. What's in East Windsor?

- lee

LOL- east Windsor is down by Princeton- harldy a mobbed up area.

Dolan's connections to wiseguys , like you said, span a geographic spectrum, but that's not really uncommon. Marcello ran Dallas through Joe Civello, and later Joe Campisi. If Dolan hooked up with some Dixie Mafia guys, they may have overlapped territories with Harlan Blackburn's cracker mob, which was a group of Anglo gangster in rural Florida. Blackburn was tight with Trafficante.

Dolan seems to me to have been an opportunistic criminal and willing to partner up with whoever to make a score. His racetrack swindle in Denver- the Smaldones had financial ties to racetracks in Colorado. Dolan was in CHicago- strong mob-control. Then he is seen meeting with Jimmy the Weasal Frattiano- this is interesting.

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What's in East Windsor, NJ? ...

The Americana Diner

Basil's Grille

Scotto's Pizzeria

Domenico's Italian Restaurant

The Multiplex Cinemas at Town Center Plaza

Many basketball courts

The Perry L. Drew School

And me... for 26 of my 30 years !!!

-Stu

P.S. No mobsters ... that I know of.

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Fuqua was a member of the Dixie Mafia, a loosely organized group of criminals operating in the Southern States in the 60's and 70-'s. Fuqua was whacked, along with his girlfriend, in November of 1968. Cops fingered the Dixie Mafia.

Dolan also had connections with the Smaldone family out of Denver. The Smaldones, along with Jim COletti of PUeblo, ran the Colorado Mafia scene. The Smaldone brothers were known for their fear-inducing nicknames of Checkers, Flip-Flop, and Chauncey.

Scott,

James Walter Cherry whacked Fuqua by firing several shots into Fuqua's face and then dumping him in a ditch. Cherry was also the guy who killed Dallas County Deputy Sheriff Buddy Walthers.

Fuqua below.

James

Jimmy, what was the name of the woman charged with Cherry? and was Al Maddox the other Dallas cop shot during that shootout.

Bill

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Jimmy, what was the name of the woman charged with Cherry? and was Al Maddox the other Dallas cop shot during that shootout. (Bill Sanders)

Hi Bill,

The woman's name was Twyna Lovell Blankenship and yes, Al Maddox was shot in the foot during the exchange of gunfire. Blankenship also smashed Maddox across the head with a lamp.

Blankenship was arrested in the company of a real grub by the name of Carl Ray Thacker who may have been the one who gave up Cherry and there is a suggestion that Thacker was an informant for Buddy Walthers.

In court, Thacker testified that Cherry (who was a prison escapee at the time) told him that he would kill anyone who came after him. This elicited an emotional outburst from Cherry who denied he said such a thing.

I guess the question could be asked, was Walthers set-up?

Blankenship below.

James

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What's in East Windsor, NJ? ...

The Americana Diner

Basil's Grille

Scotto's Pizzeria

Domenico's Italian Restaurant

The Multiplex Cinemas at Town Center Plaza

Many basketball courts

The Perry L. Drew School

And me... for 26 of my 30 years !!!

-Stu

P.S. No mobsters ... that I know of.

Thanks for pointing out this thread James.

And Stu, how could it be possible for there to be no mobsters in East Windsor?

That's Tony Soprano territory.

BK

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