Cindy Hensley McCain’s Colorful Background


The Hensley Fortune Started Here With Kemper MarleyCindy McCain (nee Hensley) was born to Jim Hensley, a protégée of Kemper Marley. This guy called himself a politician, but he was really a gangster.




A Car BombIn 1976 a crusading Phoenix reporter, Don Bolles, was murdered by a car-bomb after writing a series of stories exposing the organized crime connections of well-known figures in Arizona, including one Jim Hensley.




What Race is She?The Hensleys were probably Jewish.




McCain Marries Into Money

The Hensley fortune that financed McCain’s rise to power.

The Hensley fortune, in fact, is a regional offshoot of the big time boot-legging and rackets empire of the Bronfman dynasty of Canada, founded by Sam Bronfman, an early partner of Meyer Lansky, longtime “chairman of the board” of the international crime syndicate.




Hensley’s Mob ConnectionsMcCain’s father-in-law got his start as a top henchman of one Kemper Marley, who, for some forty years until his death in 1990 at age 84, was the undisputed behind-the-scenes political boss of Arizona. But Marley was much more: he was also the protege’ of Lansky’s longtime lieutenant, Phoenix gambler Gus Greenbaum.




Mayer LanskyIn 1941, Greenbaum was a book-maker. In 1946, Greenbaum turned over the day-to-day operations to Marley while Greenbaum focused on building up Lansky-run casinos in Las Vegas, commuting there from his home in Phoenix.

Greenbaum, in fact, was so integral to the Lansky empire that he was the one who took command of Lansky’s Las Vegas interests in 1947 after Lansky ordered the execution of his own longtime friend, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, for skimming profits from the new Flamingo Casino




Hensley Served Time

During this time Marley was building up a liquor distribution monopoly in Arizona. The truth is, that it was the Bronfman family that set Marley up in business. However, in 1948, some 52 of Marley’s employees (including Jim Hensley) went to jail on federal liquor violations—but not Marley.




Hensley Becomes Wealthy

The story in Arizona is that Hensley took the fall for Marley. Upon Hensley’s release from prison, Marley paid Hensley back by setting him up in the beer business. That company today, said to be worth $200 million, financed McCain’s career. And without Marley’s political support, McCain could have never even gotten elected dog-catcher.





The Notorious Jacobs Family

Hensley had a dog track operation connected to the the Buffalo-based Jacobs family.

The Jacobs were the leading distributors for Bronfman liquor into the United States during Prohibition into the hands of local gangs that were part of the Lansky syndicate. Expanding over the years, the family’s enterprises were once described as being “probably the biggest quasi-legitimate cover for organized crime’s money-laundering in the United States.”