J. Edgar Hoover and Walter Winchell
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, center, with influential columnist Walter Winchell, right, and Assistant FBI Director Greg Tolson. Hoover and Tolson took their vacations the first two weeks in December in Miami. They usually had dinner together with Winchell at Joe’s Stone Crab.
Alex Daoud was Miami Beach mayor from 1985 to 1991. But in 1992, Miami Beach’s golden boy was convicted of bribery. He was hauled off to prison and spent 18 months in the federal pen. Rather than slinking off, he wrote a tell-all book naming names and setting out how the system corrupted him.
Long-time Miami Beach resident Meyer Lansky (1902 – 1983), seen here walking his dog along Collins Avenue, was known as the “Mob’s Accountant”. He, along with “Lucky” Luciano, helped develop the “National Crime Syndicate.” Despite nearly fifty years as a member-participant in organized crime, Lansky was never found guilty of anything more serious than illegal gambling
Edna Buchanan covered it all. She spent 18 years as “Miami’s top police reporter” covering murder and mayhem before moving on to a successful albeit less hectic career writing crime fiction. Her career started on the Miami Beach Daily Sun where it wasn’t a crime unless Edna covered it.