Former Arizona Republic Editor Digs Into Arizona's Organized Crime History

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 1:43pm
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"The Politics of Murder: Organized Crime in Barry Goldwater's Arizona" by Dave Wagner

The killing of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles 40 years ago has endured — in large part because of the shocking nature of a bomb going off in the middle of the day in downtown Phoenix and because a journalist simply doing his job was targeted.

But there’s a lot of background we’re missing if the focus is solely on what happened to Bolles, which can’t really be considered an isolated incident.

In his book "The Politics of Murder: Organized Crime in Barry Goldwater’s Arizona," former Republic city editor Dave Wagner writes about that.