Crimetown

On Jim Traficant's Hair, and Character
September 03, 2009

When former Democratic Rep. Jim Traficant was released from prison yesterday after 7 years behind bars, the AP reported that he "had his famously wild hair pulled back." Well, yes and no. The piled-high pompadour that had long been the congressman's calling card--the technical term for the style was, I believe, the "artichoke," and Traficant often joked that he trimmed it with a "weed-whacker"--was famous and wild, but it was not in fact his hair.

Crimetown USA
July 10, 2000

David Grann reports on the small-town mafia capital in Ohio and the FBI agent that became obsessed with taking it down.