Bugsy & His Flamingo: The Testimony of Virginia Hill

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9781467907897: Bugsy & His Flamingo: The Testimony of Virginia Hill

Testimony of gun moll Virginia Hill before the Kefauver Committee

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TESTIMONY OF VIRGINIA HILL (HAUSER) OF  SPOKANE, WASH.

The Chairman. Now, gentlemen, let us give Virginia Hill a chance to accustom herself without too many flash bulbs.

Mr. Halley. Virginia Hill

Virginia Hill. Make them quit doing that.

The Chairman. All right, let's not flash any more bulbs.

Virginia Hill. I'll throw something at them in a minute. I hate those things.

The Chairman. All right, let's not flash any more bulbs. All right, Mr. Halley.

Mr. Halley. Now, Virginia Hill, most witnesses have had their pictures taken and they have stopped as soon as they started to testify.

Virginia Hill. I know, but most of them never went through with those bums what I did.
 
Mr. Halley. I'm sure that they don't intend to upset you.

Virginia Hill. Oh, they do upset me.

Mr. Halley. All right, it will stop in a moment. What is your full name?

Virginia Hill. Virginia Hill Hauser.

Mr. Halley. And, Virginia Hill, just so that you will understand what we are trying to accomplish, the committee, of course, has had a number of reports concerning your income and your expenditures, and as a natural result of that and through knowing your various associations, the committee has been anxious to know the sources of your income and whether or not you can help the committee in connection with this investigation.

Virginia Hill. Well, the only money I ever made was what I reported on my taxes. The other money is

Mr. Halley. Well, I will ask you questions and it will simplify your task.
Virginia Hill. Yes.

Mr. Halley. I understand. I might say, by way of preface, that you have already explained to our agents that you don't feel you can be helpful. But I want you to understand that this committee must get your statements under oath.

Virginia Hill. Yes, sir.

Mr. Halley. And that that's why you are here.
Virginia Hill. Yes.

Mr. Halley. So I will try to talk slowly, you answer slowly, and we will get along fine.

Virginia Hill. All right.

The Chairman. Now, boys ; let's get the picture making over with, because Virginia Hill is right nervous.

Mr. Halley. Virginia Hill, you were born in 1917 ?

Virginia Hill. 1916.

Mr. Halley. In the United States of America ?

Virginia Hill. Yes.
 
Mr. Halley. And you are, of course, a citizen 3f this country?

Virginia Hill. Yes.

The Chairman. You were born in Alabama, were you not ?
Virginia Hill. That's right.

Mr. Halley. I would like to take you back to about the year 1934. Were you in Chicago at that time?

Virginia Hill. Well, I left home when I was 17, and I went to Chicago.

Mr. Halley. That would be just about 1934?

Virginia Hill. Yes.

Mr. Halley. While you were there, you met Joe Epstein; is that right ?

Virginia Hill. I didn't meet Joe Epstein until I was there, after, about a year after the World's Fair.

Mr. Halley. He became a very good friend of yours; is that right?

Virginia Hill. He became and still is a friend of mine.

Mr. Halley. And he has controlled a lot of your money ?

Virginia Hill. That's right.

Mr. Halley. From time to time ?

Virginia Hill. That's right.

Mr. Halley. Do you think you would like to tell the committee the story of your life, insofar as it involves your financial affairs, and the contacts you may have had with known gangsters since that time ? Do you think you could just go ahead and tell it best in a narrative fashion ?

Virginia Hill. I don't think Mr. Epstein is a gangster.
Mr. Halley. No ; I haven't intended to say he was. But would you like to tell your story your own way ?

Virginia Hill. Well, I worked for a while. Then the men I was around that gave me things, were not gangsters or racketeers or whatever you call these other people. The only time I ever got anything from them was going out and having fun, and maybe a few presents. But I happened to go with other fellows. And for years I have been going to Mexico. I went with fellows down there. And like a lot of girls that they got. Giving me things and bought me everything I want. And then when I was with Ben, he bought me everything.

Mr. Halley. By "Ben" you mean Ben Siegel ?
 
Virginia Hill, Yes ; and lie gave me some money, too, bought me a house in Florida. And then I used to bet horses. They asked me how much; I don't know. I figure whatever was close. I don't know if it is right or wrong. I paid income tax on that. That money I used to save it. When I am supposed to be out giving these parties, it was fellows that I was going with. They paid for things that I did. I didn't pay for it. If I was paying for it, I wouldn't have gone in the first place. After all, I didn't have to give my own i)arties, 1 don't think. But I have never had any businesses in my life. Whatever I have, ever had was, outside of betting horses, was given to me.

Mr. Halley. Well, the impression that had been created, and the inference that has been drawn, is that you gave parties in order to help certain people in their businesses.

Virginia Hill. That isn't true, that isn't true at all, because people I have known, they told me that is the worst thing to do -- you know, the people you are talking about -- supposed to be racketeers -- they always said that's the worst possible thing I could do, that people talk too much.

Mr. Halley. And they advised against it ?

Virginia Hill. They told me I shouldn't even do anything like that.
Mr. Halley. And the parties that were attributed to you were really run by other people ? Is that the point ?

Virginia Hill. The fellows I went with -- if you want to have a good time, have a party, all right.

Mr. Halley. They were various friends, is that the point?

Virginia Hill. Yes.

Mr. Halley. Well, perhaps it would help if we started in the very recent past and tried to find an explanation of one thing that has been troubling the committee.
You may recall that in the early part of 1950, you visited Sun Valley?

Virginia Hill. That's right.
Mr. Halley. And the committee, as you must know, had checked on the amount of money you spent

Virginia Hill. Yes.

Mr. Halley. And found that in the course of 6 weeks, you spent quite a bit of money.

Virginia Hill. That is true.

Mr. Halley. How much money did you spend there ?
Virginia Hill. I don't know, but it is quite a bit.

Mr. Halley. Well, would the sum of $12,000 sound right ?

Virginia Hill. Maybe it was $12,000 or maybe more. I don't keep records.

Mr. Halley. Well, the hotel

Virginia Hill. Well, they must have the bills.

Mr. Halley. The hotel record shows between $11,000 and $12,000.

Virginia Hill. Well, naturally I guess they show the right thing.

Mr. Halley. The hotel record shows also that of the $12,000, only $1,500 was paid by either a check or money order, and the rest was all paid in cash.

Virginia Hill. Yes ; that's all I have. I don't have any bank accounts or checking accounts or anything. I have cash.

Mr. Halley. Your assets are in cash?

Virginia Hill. Yes, outside of a few bonds I have.

Mr. Halley. Would you mind telling the committee how much cash you have at the present time altogether?

Virginia Hill. Well, with the cash and bonds, I don't think I have more than $15,000 now.

Mr. Halley. At the present time?

Virginia Hill. Yes.

Mr. Halley. That includes all of the bonds and cash you have anywhere, whatsoever?

Virginia Hill. I think so; yes.

Mr. Halley. Would that include all the bonds or cash that anyone holds for you ?

Virginia Hill. Well, Mr. Epstein has my bonds. I don't know how many it is, but it couldn't be very much. It is bonds, and things people have given me on my birthday.

Mr. Halley. Has it been your practice to give your money to Joe Epstein to
 hold ?

Virginia Hill. Yes.

Mr. Halley. He has been a good friend ?

Virginia Hill. Yes, very good.

Mr. Halley. And when you need money, he sends it to you ?
Virginia Hill. Well, after arguing and telling me I don't need it, he sends it to me.

Mr. Halley. He tries to keep you on an even keel ?

Virginia Hill: Yes.

Mr. Halley. Has he sent you large amounts from time to time?

Virginia Hill. Sometimes large amounts, if I wanted it.

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