Slot machines increased the crime rate in Charles County according to many reports in the Waldorf Leaf and the Times Crescent (La Plata). The slot machine establishments that lined Route 301 attracted an undesirable element from the surrounding counties and states, according to the citizens of Charles County. County authorities and the local newspapers gave accounts of increasing drug traffic, prostitution, drunkenness, theft and murder as a result of the atmosphere produced by the slot machines. Politicians from southern Maryland were much beholden to the slot machine industry and would defend them regardless of the great harm they caused.
In 1958, I went to Governor Millard Tawes and asked him if he would help us get rid of the slots in southern Maryland. The governor's response was that it was up to the legislature. The next day the governor's response was on the front page of the newspapers, and I began a long and dangerous battle that lasted five years. Finally, in 1962, the Maryland state legislature passed a law that would eventually ban all slot machines in Maryland. Now there is a new and dangerous threat to bring back the slot machines to Maryland.