The Midwest La Cosa Nostra Familias and Las Vegas
By: Gary Jenkins
I produced, Gangland Wire, a feature length documentary film that tells the back story behind the Martin Scorsese film, Casino. I was able to obtain all the audio and transcripts from wiretaps and hidden microphones used to investigate skimming form Las Vegas casinos in the 1970s. The film’s audience is able to hear out of the mouths of the Midwest mobsters exactly what they were concerned about, how they skimmed, who was skimming and other interesting little gossipy items like the fact that the Robert DeNiro character, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal had hair plugs.
Dr. Michael Green, Nevada Historian, has stated that when Atlantic City opened up for legalized casino gambling in the early 1970s, the Commission declared that Las Vegas Casinos were open for infiltration by the Midwest Mobs and Atlantic City was closed to all but the Northeastern…
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