A just-released biography of King Carl Gustaf – The Unwilling Monarach – claims that he "frequently visited Mafia-run nightclubs to partake in wild orgies when he was a younger man" as reported by Gavin Reilly for The Journal: "The unauthorized book alleges that some of those visits . . . compromised his security coverage, and that other attendees at the events included underage girls invited by friends of the King." The Daily Mail reports: "according to the Mafia-linked club owner Mille Markovic, who is quoted in the book, he liked having the King as a customer because it minimized the possibility of police raids." In responding to the book King Gustav told reporters: "I have spoken with my family and the Queen and we choose to turn the page . . . and move forward because, as I understand, these are things that happened a long time ago."
Good thing no U.S. politicians ever subjected themselves to black mail by attending Mafia-linked sex clubs, right? Although, in 1975 the NYDA and NYPD initiated an investigation dubbed Operation Together which, among other things, was looking into mob control over gay bars, several murders of gay club owners, drug trafficking at gay bars, and underage boy sex rings, and just as law enforcement was prepared to seek indictments the investigation inexplicably was shut down in 1977. Operation Together allegedly implicated officials at the highest levels in New York City politics, power and society. For example, Friends of Ours spoke with a former NYPD detective who worked undercover on the investigation, and he claimed that the underage boy sex rings involved several high profile names, and among those he identified was an Oscar-nominated director who was notorious for his sex parties which he stocked with jail bait. And of course, the mob had the goods on the powerful gay men who participated in these illicit Bacchanalian orgies which exploited children. Indeed, a reputed mobster visited the investigator, and warned him to close Operation Together because of where it would lead. After the visit, a fire bomb was tossed into the detective's apartment. The detective claims that the NYPD refused to report the incident to federal authorities as required by law, and further refused to provide him with protection. Two weeks after the bomb attack, "top brass" at the NYPD closed down Operation Together.
R. Thomas Collins Jr., a former Daily News reporter, writes about Operation Together in his 2002 memoir Newswalker: "For 18 months a team of as many as 56 investigators from homicide, vice, narcotics, and intelligence worked under the command of the department's Organized Crime Control Bureau. In all, Operation Together made dozens of arrests for dope peddling, prostitution and other morals charges, and attempted bribery of police. The strategy of the investigation was to target people involved in gay bars, nab them on narcotics charges and get them to turn in their mob controllers, partners or extortionists. Among the depravity unearthed by this team was a network of chicken hawks—patrons of child prostitution and kiddie porn—as well as mob control of the gay bar scene. Then suddenly, just as members of Operation Together felt they were getting close to making investigative breakthroughs, the plug was pulled. The task force was broken up; detectives, undercover officers and the assistant Manhattan district attorneys were reassigned. When a couple of plainclothes guys protested, they were given foot patrol. One Midtown pimps and pros expert was sent to Harlem. There was bad blood among the police. Cops I spoke to believed the worst, that the mob had pulled strings inside the NYPD and gotten the investigation killed. That's what they suspected; fearing that whoever committed these murders would get away with it."
It's good to be king, eh? And every country has its kings.