catfish5 saidWas Hoover gay?
Yes, but closeted, and a homophobe. He directed FBI agents to look for any evidence of gay behavior in prominent people he wanted to blackmail.
He was also extremely right-wing, actually an American Fascist, who was a player in the witch hunts of the post WWII McCarthy era. And yet, he refused to officially acknowledge there was such a thing as the Mafia and Organized Crime.
His widely-publicized crime hunts were mainly against lone individuals, like John Dillinger, but not against the Mob, which in fact grew during his tenure. There has been speculation that while Hoover was blackmailing others over their being gay and other sexual indiscretions (like he did to President Kennedy), Hoover himself was being blackmailed by the Mob, and so he largely gave them a pass. It took Congressional investigative committees to finally force some token actions against Organized Crime.
No, Hoover was largely ineffective against major crime in the US, but excellent at PR, a legacy which continues to this day.