Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 1969




Boston University School of Law




In his inaugural speech on January 3, 1967, Florida Governor Claude Kirk declared a War on Crime. For this purpose he announced the creation of a unique War on Crime Program. Its activities were to include a Citizen's Awareness Program, but its main function was directed to the investigation of crimes. As the Program's director, the Governor appointed Mr. George Wackenhut, the president of the Wackenhut Corporation, a large private investigation firm. Mr. Wackenhut agreed to provide his services for one dollar a year; his corporation was simultaneously retained to supply the Program with the necessary administrative facilities and investigative manpower.' Payment for these services was expected to be covered by donations from hopeful and grateful citizens of Florida.



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