During the 1960s New Orleans-based mob boss Carlos Marcello used the KKK as enforcement muscle in the rural Louisiana Concordia Parish as reported by Matthew Barnidge for the Daily Comet:
FBI documents reveal that the New Orleans-based Marcello organized-crime syndicate had, by that time, reached into every corner of the state of Louisiana, including in Concordia Parish. Mafia associates established a casino and prostitution in Concordia called the Morville Lounge, and used Natchez as a place to keep vehicles and cash checks. The mafia's pattern of operation in rural Louisiana was to gain the protection and cooperation of the local sheriff's office. Concordia Parish was no different. What was different in Concordia, however, was that the mafia also used at least one KKK group for muscle. Deputy Sheriff Frank DeLaughter, in addition to being a suspected member of the Original Knights and possibly the Silver Dollar Group, was a known associate of local gambling boss Judsen "Blackie" Drane and UKA members. Morville manager and mafia associate Curt Hewitt testified to a federal grand jury to the local involvement in the mafia's Morville Lounge prostitution and gambling operations. DeLaughter provided protection and Drane operated the gambling. UKA members served as Drane's enforcement. This local syndicate terrorized Concordia Parish for years. DeLaughter and Drane eventually were convicted on civil-rights violations for the brutal beating of a man in the Ferriday jail.
No single institutional has exploited the black community in the inner cities across America more than the Mafia -- think heroin trafficking, numbers running, afterhour bars -- and many of its members have a well-deserved reputation as racists. Figures Marcello hooked up with the KKK.