Las vegas was the mob’s greatest venture and most spectacular success, murder, and through 40 years of frenzy, deceit, scams, and skimming, the FBI listened on phone taps and did virtually nothing to stop the fun. Most of it. This book tells the whole story! Both men were influenced by their bosses from prison, union control, and both sent enough gangsters into the streets to influence loan sharking, extortion, and drug sales.
Bugsy siegel worked for both groups, handling a string of murders and opening up gaming on the west coast, and that included Las Vegas, an oasis of sin in the middle of the desert – and it was legal. Las vegas history has never been so fascinating! "vegas and the mob" tells the story of how the mob began in the 1920's, how Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky became partners, and how Las Vegas fell to the Mob after two of the nation’s most powerful crime family bosses went to prison in the 1930’s: Al Capone, and Lucky Luciano.
Casino owners watched over their profits while competing crime families eyed each other's success like jealous lovers. By the 1950’s, nearly every major crime family had a stake in a Las Vegas casino. The fbi watched as the mob took control of casino after casino, killed off the competition, and stole enough money to bribe their way to respectability back home.
When the Mob Ran Vegas: Stories of Money, Mayhem and MurderWhat is it about las vegas that captivates us? is it how the skim worked at the stardust and how millions of dollars walked out the door uncounted? Or what really happened when Frank Sinatra threw a chair at the casino boss of the Sands? Did you ever hear the story about how some very bad Vegas guys rigged the gin rummy games at the Friars Club and took a bunch of famous people to the cleaners? Howard Hughes had some weird notions about the Silver Slipper and put his money where his paranoia was.
It's all vegas, and it is fascinating history. Vegas in the '50s and '60s was indeed another world. Through years of study and interviews and just talking to people from all strata of Las Vegas comes this book, mayhem, a glimpse into the money, and murders of early Vegas. Those were the days when small-time gamblers like me, have an a table at the versailles room at the Riviera to see Rowan and Martin, could ride down the elevator at one of the Strip hotels with Lucille Ball, in town with my wife for a weekend of shows and great food, with Edie Adams opening, and laugh until it hurt when Buddy Hackett played the old Congo Room at the Sahara.
Behind the scenes, the Mob ran Vegas in those days. And stories abound.
The Battle for Las Vegas: The Law vs. The MobThe battle for las vegas relates the story of the fight between the tough guys on both sides, told in large part by the agents and detectives who knew they had to win. From the 1970s through the mid-1980s, the Chicago Outfit dominated organized crime in Las Vegas. It wasn’t long before spilotro, also in charge of Vegas street crime, was known as the “King of the Strip.
Federal and local law enforcement, recognizing the need to rid the casinos of the mob and shut down Spilotro’s rackets, declared war on organized crime. Glick, frank “lefty” rosenthal as the real boss of casino operations, as the casino owner of record, and Tony Spilotro as the ultimate enforcer, who’d do whatever it took to protect their interests.
To ensure the smooth flow of cash, the gangsters installed a front man with no criminal background, Allen R.
THE RISE AND FALL OF A 'CASINO' MOBSTER: The Tony Spilotro Story Through A Hitman's EyesA feared enforcer, the bosses knew Tony would do whatever it took to protect their interests. As i drove home, i realized I had made a deal with a career thief and killer on a handshake. What was i thinking?”--Dennis N. But tony’s quest for power and lack of self-control with women cost the Mob its control of Vegas; and Tony paid for it with his life.
I was a little nervous before my first meeting with former mobster Frank Cullotta. The “little guy” built a criminal empire that was the envy of mobsters across the country, and his childhood pal, Frank Cullotta helped him do it. Griffin, author of surviVING THE MOB. It turned out we had a pleasant conversation that ended with an agreement for me to write his book.
The true story behind the hit film 'casino' from an ‘Enforcer’ Who Lived ItTony Spilotro was the Mob’s man in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas The Grand: The Strip, the Casinos, the Mob, the StarsMind you: this is not a travel guide. Great emphasis will be given to the key players in the triumph of this oasis of fun in the middle of nowhere, the dreamers that made a town that's the stuff of dreams. Following this common thread, the most celebrated and most visited stretch of asphalt on Earth, we'll get to know the vast majority of casino hotels built along Las Vegas Boulevard South, starting in 1941 with the El Rancho Vegas.
Jay sarno, howard hughes, steve Wynn, Bill Bennett, Kirk Kerkorian, Sheldon Adelson are their names. Las vegas really is unique in so many ways. One of them is that its history is equally short and intense and can be told through the birth and demise of the resorts that dot the Strip, the rise and fall of its industry titans.
The casino industry, that is. In fact, it is so much more than that.
Coming to Las Vegas: A true tale of sex, drugs & Sin City in the 70'sIn this fast-paced, tell-all romp through 1970’s Las Vegas, eye-opening, Carolyn V. Hamilton’s social commentary names real names, real places, and real events. Along with her fellow female workers, she battles sexual pressure from bartenders and the machinations of unscrupulous casino bosses who resent the tips players give to cocktail waitresses.
She also learns how government affairs really work as she deals with federal government job discrimination, city-wide Las Vegas Culinary Union strike that, a bigamist husband, and a 1974 crippling, while none of the cocktail waitresses take it seriously, proves to be an eye-opening political experience.
This is a highly personal, revealing and entertaining account of 3 years in the seventies in the life of a nice Lutheran girl from Seattle who finds herself making a ton of cash in Las Vegas’ newest, biggest, and most extravagant hotel/casino, the original MGM Grand. These true stories reveal keen insight into casino life in the Las Vegas of the era.
Fresh out of commercial art school, hamilton has moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to join the newly-formed and short-lived Las Vegas International Circus. When she is hired for the opening of the MGM Grand, Hamilton quickly learns the ways of the casino world.
The Boss Always Sits In The Back: A MemoirThis isn't "just another mob story. It's a suspenseful, exciting and entertaining account of one of the greatest scams to hit las vegas…a scam that's never been exposed before…one that changed history and gambling laws across America forever!Through the eyes of the author who grew up in that world…and from the words of his Godfather, an underboss who told his story before he died…The Boss Always Sits In The Back details the demise of the mobsters who ran northern New Jersey.
Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia EmpiresGenovese, gambino, Bonnano, Colombo and Lucchese. For decades these five families ruled New York and built the American Mafia or Cosa Nostra into an underworld empire. Today, incompetent leadership, the Mafia is an endangered species, battered and beleaguered by aggressive investigators, betrayals and generational changes that produced violent and unreliable leaders and recruits.
Selwyn raab's five families is the vivid story of the rise and fall of New York's premier dons from Lucky Luciano to Paul Castellano to John Gotti and more. A twenty year assault against the five families in particular blossomed into the most successful law enforcement campaign of the last century. The book also brings the reader right up to the possible resurgence of the Mafia as the FBI and local law enforcement agencies turn their attention to homeland security and away from organized crime.
Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Crime FamilyAt age 31, didonato ran afoul of the both the law and his friends, turning him into a hunted man on two fronts. By the time he was 17, the infamous Gambino family made DiDonato an associate of the Nicholas Corozzo crew. Surviving the mob is a cautionary tale of the harsh reality of a criminal, fugitive, inmate, and witness who--so far--has lived to tell the tale.
What do you do when the law wants you behind bars and the New York crime families want you buried? That was the life or death dilemma confronting Andrew DiDonato, who began his criminal career at the age of 14 under the watchful eyes of the local mob. After 17 months on the run, he was lucky the law caught him first.
. For the next 14 years he was a loyal street soldier immersed in dangerous and profitable activities including burglary, drug dealing, car theft, weapons possession, witness tampering, extortion, loan sharking, counterfeiting, bank robbery, and attempted murder.
Handsome Johnny: The Life and Death of Johnny Rosselli: Gentleman Gangster, Hollywood Producer, CIA AssassinWorking for new chicago boss sam giancana, he became the gambling mecca’s behind-the-scenes boss, running the town from his suites and poolside tables at the Tropicana and Desert Inn, enjoying the Rat Pack nightlife with pals Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. In the 1960s, in the most unexpected chapter in an extraordinary life, Rosselli became the central figure in a bizarre plot involving the Kennedy White House, the CIA, and an attempt to assassinate Fidel Castro.
The mob’s “man in hollywood, ” johnny Rosselli introduced big-time crime to the movie industry, corrupting unions and robbing moguls in the biggest extortion plot in history. In a remarkable turn of events, Johnny himself would become a Hollywood filmmaker—producing two of the best film noirs of the 1940s.
Following years in federal prison, Rosselli began a new venture, overseeing the birth and heyday of Las Vegas. Based upon years of research, written with compelling style and vivid detail, Handsome Johnny is the great telling of an amazing tale. A rich biography of the legendary figure at the center of the century’s darkest secrets: an untold story of golden age hollywood, modern Las Vegas, the New York Times bestselling author of Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing…A singular figure in the annals of the American underworld, JFK-era scandal and international intrigue from Lee Server, Johnny Rosselli’s career flourished for an extraordinary fifty years, from the bloody years of bootlegging in the Roaring Twenties--the last protégé of Al Capone—to the modern era of organized crime as a dominant corporate power.
A man of great allure and glamour, helping him to fund columbia Pictures--and seduced some of its greatest female stars, Rosselli befriended many of the biggest names in the movie capital—including studio boss Harry Cohn, including Jean Harlow and Marilyn Monroe.
The Life and Times of Frank Balistrieri: The Last, Most Powerful Godfather of MilwaukeeWho was frank peter balistrieri, the last and most power godfather of the milwaukee mafia? based on hundreds of FBI documents obtained by a Freedom of Information request as well as substantiating research, Wayne Clingman and Zack Long lay out a timeline of Frank 'The Mad Bomber' Balistrieri's rise through the ranks of the Italian-American criminal underground and through his time controlling Milwaukee.
From car bombs to the fabled Las Vegas casino skim, Balistrieri's little known story is sure to prove a captivating one.