1. Murder

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Four
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4

One of the largest pornographers in the United States during the 1970's was Michael George Thevis, who headed Peachtree News in Atlanta, Georgia, and 106 other corporations.[1176] In October, 1979 Thevis was convicted in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations including murder, arson, and extortion.[1177]

A leading figure in the national distribution of the film "Deep Throat", Robert De-Salvo, has been missing since January, 1976 and is presumed to have been murdered.[1178] De-Salvo provided evidence on behalf of the United States in the Bc trial arising from the "Deep Throat" film distribution.[1179]

During the late 1970s a number of persons involved in the pornography business were murdered in what were believed by law enforcement agents to be pornography turf wars.[1180] The son of Joseph Periano, one of the producers of "Deep Throat" along with an innocent woman, was murdered "gangland style".[1181]

Immediately prior to this Commission's hearing in Chicago, Illinois, in July, 1985, Patsy Ricciardi, owner of the Admiral Theater there, was found murdered. Chicago Police believe his murder was related to his dealings in the pornography business.[1182]

Notes

  1. New York Hearing, Vol. I, William Kelly, p. 76.
  2. See, United States v. Thevis, 665 F.2d, (5th Cir. 1982), p. 616.
  3. New York Hearing, Vol. I, William Kelly, p. 75.
  4. Id.; Cong. Rec. S433 (daily ed. Jan. 30, 1984) (Statement of Sen. Jesse Helms).
  5. New York Hearing, Vol. I, Thomas Bohling, pp. 180-87; New York Hearing, William Johnson, Vol. II.
  6. New York Hearing, Vol. I, Christopher J. Mega, p. 162.; Cong. Rec. S433 (daily ed. Jan. 30, 1984) (statement of Sen. Jesse Helms).
  7. New York Hearing, Vol. II, Thomas Bohling, pp. 182-83.