The Cast List
For the Italian Mob
- AL 'Scarface' Capone
- CHARLES 'LUCKY' LUCIANO
- FRANK 'PRIME MINISTER' COSTELL0
- VITO GENOVESE
- ALBERT MAD HATTER' ANASTASIA
- GIUSEPPE 'JOE THE BOSS' MASSERIA
- SALVATORE MARANZANO
- ANGELO BRUNO
- SAM 'MOMO' GIANCANA
- JOHN Gotti
- WILLIE MORETTI
- CARMINE 'THE CIGAR' GALANTE
- VITO 'CHCKENHEAD' GURINO
- FRANK THE DASHER' ABBANDANDO
- HARRY 'HAPPY' Maione
- LOUIS 'NO RELATION' CAPONE
AL ‘Scarface’ Capone
New York Oty In the early 1920s is much too hot for Alphonse Capone. The police want a chat about a couple of murders so Capone is packed off to Chicago. He is placed under the guidance of Johnny Torrio – an old time Mafia hood who commands much respect In the Windy City.
CHARLES ‘LUCKY’ LUCIANO
It Is 1931. At age 34 Salvatore Lucania – also known as Charles Lucania • also known as ‘Charlie Lucky’ alias ‘Lucky Luciano – will become Capo di Tull’ Capi – Boss of all Bosses – a title he always disliked, but which was the truth nonetheless.
FRANK ‘PRIME MINISTER’ COSTELL0
Frank Costello will never recover from the public humiliation suffered, when he’s forced to testify before the Congressional Committees investigating Organised Crime in the 1950s. Nor does he get over a subsequent prison sentence. as well as an attempt on his life. In 1957. He is the Prime Minister of the Underworld.
Vito Genovese has risen to Capo in the Luciano Crime Family. He replaces the family name with that of his own. By the 1950s. he Is determined to become Caoo di Tutti Cap – even if it means getting rid of old pals Meyer Lansky and Frank Costello.
ALBERT MAD HATTER’ ANASTASIA
During the mid – 1950s – war has broken out between Carlo Gambino and the Mangano Family, led by Albert ‘Mad Hatter’ Anastasia – former Lord High Executioner of Murder Incorporated – who has come into his own, following graduation from the ‘Arnold Rothstein School of Crime’. Anastasia himself had only achieved leadership in 1951. when he arranged for the disappearance of Cam Vincent Mangano – a personal choice of Salvatore Maranzano. back In 1931.
GIUSEPPE ‘JOE THE BOSS’ MASSERIA
Guiseppe ‘Joe the Boss’ Masseria is a rough and ready mobster of minimum manners and maximum ruthlessness. Born in 1880 – by age 48 – this five foot two inch piece of work has graduated from hired killer to Mafia Chief. It is now 1929. He is at war.
Salvatore Maranzano – aged 60 – Originally a candidate for the priesthood – An urbane and chic Don. He is sent from Sicily. in 1924, by the local War Chiefs of La Cosa Nostra to organise and strengthen the Mafia in the United States. He is a cruet and cunning adversary.
It Is 21st March 1980: Angelo Bruno – Capo of the Philadelphia mob. The trouble is hes Just too nice. He does not encourage drug dealing – he dislikes violence. Bruno has to go – but to kill a Capo requires a full vote of the Commission. The resolution is passed….
SAM ‘MOMO’ GIANCANA
There is. however, a darker side to Frank Sinatra. in the name of Sam ‘Nlomo*Giancana – Capo of the Chicago Mob – who had taken over responsibilitytor Sinatra In 1951. By the 1960s. he is Public Enemy Number One.
January 1986 – aged 45 -John Gotti Is now the head of the Gambino Crime Family -the most powerful in the United States. He is the Capo di Tutti CO. He seems to relish in the publicity his high office generates He appears immune to prosecution. He is called The Teflon Don’ because the Law are unable to make charges Sticks.
Willie Moretti is Capo of the New Jersey Crime Family. He is responsible for taking care of Frank Sinatra thru’ the 1940s. Willie is becoming senile. He talks too much. The Mob puts him out of his misery on 4th October 1951. Everyone realty likes Willie – but he has to go.
CARMINE ‘THE CIGAR’ GALANTE
Carmine ‘The Cigar Galante has been a soldier in the Mafia for nearly half a century. Following release from jail in 1974 after serving a twelve year sentence for narcotics offences – he seeks to take control of the Bonanno family. Galante is out of control. The nightmare of the 1920s and 1950s returns to haunt to Cosa Nostra. The dead count of the Bonano civil war is now spiralling.
VITO ‘CHCKENHEAD’ GURINO
Vito – a main player in Murder Incorporated – is arrested by the Police. in 1940. He is called ‘Chicken Head’ because he practises his shooting technique on live chickens.
FRANK ‘THE DASHER’ ABBANDANDO
Top Gunman for Murder Incorporated. he is called The Dasher’ after he was cnased ‘around the block’ after a bungled Hit. His speed took him behind his target. when he was then able to finish the jobl This is one of many murders for which he will face ultimate Justice, in 1941.
HARRY ‘HAPPY’ Maione
In 1941, Maione – a Major Murder Incorporated Executive. who controls the Ocean Parkway District of New York City is brought before the court. As is custom, the camera is ready and waiting as he receives the death sentence for the slaying of George ‘Whitey’ Rudnick.
LOUIS ‘NO RELATION’ CAPONE
Senior figure in Murder Incorporated…. he is called ‘No Relation’ Capone because every time he introduces himself. he always has to add No Relation’I He will face his final destiny at the hands of the Law, in 1944.
For the Jewish Mob
- MEYER LANSKY
- BENJAMIN 'BUGSY' SIEGEL
- LOUIS 'LEPKE' BUCHALTER
- DUTCH SCHULTZ
- ARNOLD 'THE BRAIN' ROTHSTEIN
- ABRAHAM 'KID TWIST' RELES
- Emanuel 'MENDY' WEISS
- CHARLES 'THE BUG' WORKMAN
- MORRIS 'MOE' DALITZ
- HERSHEL 'PITTSBURGH PHIL' STRAUSS
- IRVING 'WAXEY GORDON' WEXLER
- MAX 'BIG MAXEY' GREENBERG
- ISRAEL 'ICEPICK' ALDERMAN
- MEYER 'BUGGSY' GOLDSTEIN
- DUDI 'RAZORS' GUBAVITZ
- HARRY 'THE MOCK' RUDOLPH
- SHOLEM 'THE WHEELMAN' BERNSTEIN
- ABRAHAM 'PRETTY' LEVINE
- SEYMOUR 'BLUE JAW' MAGOON
- MYER 'SHYLOCK' SYCOFF
By 1970 Meyer Lansky has survived half a century as a senior Mob figure. Lansky leaves Miami Beach, seeking refuge in Israel. from three serious charges of fraud brought against him by the American Government. He takes up temporary residence in the Dan Hotel In Tel Aviv. before moving across to the Arcadia Hotel in Herzilya. He applies for citizenship, but is refused by the Israeli Government.
24th March 1972 – Lansky launches appeal. 11th September 1972 – The High Court of Israel hands down judgement…….His application to settle In Israel is rejected. Each September 11th from then on until his death. Lansky lights a Yanrtzeit Memorial candle to commemorate what he regarded to be an atrocity on a level similar to the suffering of the Jews in death camps Such as Auschwitz.
BENJAMIN ‘BUGSY’ SIEGEL
When Benny builds the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in 1946 – that wondrous oasis in the desert – he will create another ‘Wonder of the World’ – one that will perhaps even eclipse the awesome Hoover Dam. Benjamin Siegel – no one dares call him ‘Bugsy’ to his face – did not ‘invent’ Las Vegas – Spanish for ‘The Meadows’. The town had been established back in 1905. He did not bring gambling to Nevada – which had been legal in the Silver State since 1931. He did not even build the first Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas. The El Rancho and The Frontier had been around for quite a while. No – Benjamin Siegel will bring something really special to Las Vegas…..
LOUIS ‘LEPKE’ BUCHALTER
By 1928, Lepke has climbed to the summit of power in the Labour Unions. By 1932, he is de facto head of Murder Incorporated. He remains the one and only Syndicate Chief put to death. Since 1944, no Mafioso has ever been executed in the United States.
….And then there is Dutch Schultz – He is not Dutch and his name is not Schultz. He is Arthur Fleggenheimer. He calls himself Dutch Schultz after the notorious leader of the ‘Frog Hollows’ – a New York street gang of the 1850’s. He says, “Arthur Fleggenheimer is just too long for newspaper headlines. Dutch Schultz sort of fits just fine.”
There will never bee another mobster like the Dutchman – an original student of Arnold Rothstein. Born a Jew, he will convert to Catholicism in October 1935, so he can receive ‘the Last Rites’.
ARNOLD ‘THE BRAIN’ ROTHSTEIN
The son of a Talmudic Scholar – Rothstein can spot talent. In 1921, he gathers round him a bunch of young criminals – average age – Twenty. He will teach them the business so that he does not have to dirty his own hands. He calls them his ‘Talmidim’ – his students. He is the true ‘Father of Organised Crime’.
ABRAHAM ‘KID TWIST’ RELES
In 1940, Abraham ‘Kid Twist’ Reles is a 32 year old hardened criminal. Although only five foot three, he has a reputation for extreme violence. He is well known to the Law Enforcement across the city. A judge will say, “Reles is the most vicious criminal we have had before us for many years. It is to be hoped that a good detective will put him away one day with a couple of bullets.”
EMANUEL ‘MENDY’ WEISS
It is 23rd October 1935 ….. Leading the way, carrying a shotgun, is “Emanuel ‘Mendy’ Weiss – also known as ‘Mendy the Strangler’ – Quartermaster to Murder Incorporated…..
CHARLES ‘THE BUG’ WORKMAN
Charles Workman, also known as ‘Chaim the Bug’ – Cream of the Crop – Top assassin for the Mob – Only brought out for special occasions…. Especially one that will require special expertise – on 23rd October 1935.
MORRIS ‘MOE’ DALITZ
Born in 1899 as Morris Barney Dalitz he begins his career in Detroit with the all-Jewish Purple Gang, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio, during the early 1920s. He has been a key participant at the Atlantic Conference 1929. With his three pals – Morris Kleinman, Lou Rothcopf, and Sam Tucker – he controls Organised Crime in Ohio, in alliance with the local Mafia Crime Family. During the early 1950s, Dalitz relocates to Nevada. He establishes himself in the Casino/Hotel business – taking over the Desert Inn.
HERSHEL ‘PITTSBURGH PHIL’ STRAUSS
…and for the Police -a real prize – Herschel ‘Pittsburgh Phil’ Strauss – a suspect in over one hundred killings. He feigns madness in an attempt to escape the Electric Chair in June 1941…… He fails!
IRVING ‘WAXEY GORDON’ WEXLER
April 1920 – Two small time hoods – Irving Wexler, also known as ‘Waxey Gordon’ from New York City – and his friend Max Greenberg, also known as ‘Big Maxey’ out of Detroit – have a scheme……But they need money….
MAX ‘BIG MAXEY’ GREENBERG
15th April 1933 – The police find a body in Detroit filled with bullet holes. It is……..Max Greenberg…….One of the two men who introduced Arnold Rothstein to the ‘cash cow’ called Prohibition back in 1920.
ISRAEL ‘ICEPICK’ ALDERMAN
Originally from Minnesota, he brought ‘Icepick Killings’ to an art form – probably no fewer than eleven times. He will never be convicted. By 1947 he is running a Las Vegas Hotel.
MEYER ‘BUGGSY’ GOLDSTEIN
The Law knows all about Goldstein…. Seventy arrests on his rap sheet, but no convictions to speak of. No one dares give evidence. By the mid-1930s he has become a feared killer working exclusively for Murder Incorporated.
DUDI ‘RAZORS’ GUBAVITZ
Dudi still finds time to carry on with his Rabbinical Studies, whilst perfecting his ability to ‘study with a razor’. By 1950, he has a terrifying reputation as an ‘Enforcer’ in Las Vegas.
HARRY ‘THE MOCK’ RUDOLPH
Rykers Island Prison – 1940 – Harry ‘The Mock’ Rudolph -a 23 year old hood is serving a short sentence for burglary. He is unhappy – he does not know why – he just feels upset. He makes a decision and the world changes.
SHOLEM ‘THE WHEELMAN’ BERNSTEIN
During the 1930s, Murder Incorporated has the exclusive franchise on ‘Mafia Hits’. The hitman arrives at a railway station, airport or bus station. He is met by the ‘wheelman’ who drives the car. Sholem is the best!
ABRAHAM ‘PRETTY’ LEVINE
It is January 1940 – Avraham ‘Pretty’ Levine is brought in and given the Third Degree. He starts to crumble. He talks about a murder or two, but nothing the police can do anything with.
SEYMOUR ‘BLUE JAW’ MAGOON
Seymour ‘Blue Jaw’ Magoon – the hood with the permanent five o’clock shadow, is one of the key killers for Murder Incorporated during the 1930s.
MYER ‘SHYLOCK’ SYCOFF
… Into the police net falls Myer Sycoff – the ‘Syndicate Financier’. He will ask for an interview with The Law in the summer of 1940.
For the Irish / American Mob
- 'LEGS' DIAMOND
- DION 'DEANIE' O'BANION
- GEORGE 'BUGS' MORAN
- VINCENT 'MAD DOG' COLL
- JOSEPH ISON
- ALLEN SMILEY
Called ‘Legs’ because of his ability to survive many attempts on his life, he has upset too many to carry on riding his luck – which finally runs out on 14th December 1931.
DION ‘DEANIE’ O’BANION
Chicago 1924 – Dion O’Banion heads the Irish Mob. He owns a flower shop in the centre of Chicago selling bouquets for weddings and barmitzvahs. He specialises in providing flower arrangements for funerals. More often than not, he has organised the deaths that lead to the funerals for which he has supplied the flowers.
GEORGE ‘BUGS’ MORAN
During the 1920s, George ‘Bugs’ Moran with his lieutenants – the lethal Gusenberg Brothers – lead the only gang standing in the way of total domination of Chicago by A1 Capone. Moran brings in killers from outside of Chicago, primarily from St. Louis and San Francisco, but to no avail.
VINCENT ‘MAD DOG’ COLL
Coll has personally rubbed out some twenty innocent and not so innocent victims. On the morning of 8th February 1932 – The ‘Mad Dog’ is screaming abuse at the Dutchman down the telephone. Trapped inside the telephone booth, he is machine gunned to death by Schultz torpedoes. The ‘Mad Dog’ was just 23 years old.
By the early 1930s, Joseph Ison is the top Black Gang Chief, operating out of Harlem – New York City. Ison knows all about Dutch Schultz, and is happy to be his Number Two. He has no desire to be taken out with the trademark ‘shot in the mouth’.
It is 20th June 1947 – With the business day now finished, Bugsy Siegel has changed into sports clothes to meet up with three friends to try out a new restaurant by the ocean – ‘Jacks on the Beach’. They include Siegel’s great pal – Allen Smiley.
For The Presidents
- JOHN KENNEDY
- RICHARD NIXON
- WARREN HARDING
- FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
- FIDEL CASTRO
- FULGENCIO BATISTA
- ADOLF HITLER
In 1959, Frank Sinatra introduces Kennedy to Judith Exner, also known as Judith Campbell. She and Kennedy have a secret affair, carrying on into his Presidency. One problem – Judith is also the girlfriend of Sam Giancana. Thanks to Frank Sinatra, both the American President and the Head of the Chicago Mafia are sleeping with the same woman.
It is 1971. Sinatra is also friendly with Republican President, Richard Nixon. Again there is a photographer on hand, to take that informal snap.
Sitting in the Oval Office in the White House surrounded by his Cabinet – President Warren Harding signs the Volstead Act. Prohibition is now the Law. Americans are now prohibited from drinking Liquor in public, from January 1920.
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
April 1933 – Sitting in Oval Office in the White House in Washington D.C., President Roosevelt signs the 21st Amendment to the Constitution. Americans can now drink alcohol in public after a ‘dry thirteen years’.
In 1959 Fidel Castro assumes power in Cuba, following a bloodless coup. He nationalises the Hotel and Casino industry, and throws Batista, Lansky and their Mafia friends off the island. Castro ‘has passed’ on the opportunity with La Cosa Nostra.
In 1956 – Lansky, in association with his very good friend Santo Trafficante – Capo of the Tampa Crime Family – the most powerful in the State of Florida – develops a close relationship with Fugencio Batista – corrupt President of Cuba.
Adolf Hitler will seriously inconvenience Drug Dealers in the United States during the late 1930s – earning the gratitude of the American Government.
For The Law
J. EDGAR HOOVER
At age 29 -J. Edgar Hoover is appointed Director of the F.B.I. in 1924. He spouts his belief that there is no such thing as the Mafia. He says, “The real danger to the United States is from these impoverished farmers-turned- bank robbers such as ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd, ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly, the Ma Barker Family and Bonnie and Clyde.”
In 1961, Frank Sinatra introduces Marilyn Monroe to President Kennedy, who then passes her across to his brother, Robert – Attorney General of the United States – who is immersed in conflict with the Mafia.
25th March 1940 – Office of William O’Dwyer – District Attorney for the Borough of Brooklyn. An obviously pregnant woman walks in. She asks for a meeting with the D.A.
In 1934, Dewey is a thirty-two year old Special Prosecutor, looking for headlines. His first target is ‘Lucky’ Luciano, followed by Dutch Schultz. He finally achieves his life ambition in 1948, when he stands for President of the United States against Harry Truman. He loses by a whisker.
By the 1980s, Giuliani’s reputation as a leading crusader against Organised Crime is cemented. Even the open spaces of Central Park are not immune to the Bugs and Telescopic Lenses of Law Enforcement.
In a rare show of unity, William Webster – Director of the FBI – is photographed with Rudolph Giuliani – then a racket-busting Prosecutor in New York City. They demonstrate partnership between the Federal Government and State in smashing Organised Crime.
For The Entertainers
- FRANK SINATRA
- ELVIS PRESLEY
- THE BEATLES
- ELIZABETH TAYLOR
- EDDIE FISHER
- GEORGE RAFT
- RITA MORENO
- XAVIER CUGAT
- ABBE LANE
- BARBRA STREISAND
- JIMMY DURANTE
- MUHAMMED ALI
- SONNY LISTON
- FLOYD PATTERSON
- MARILYN MONROE
What does not please Frank Sinatra however, is another picture – taken in September 1976, after a show he gives in New Jersey…. With him are the entire front bench of the Gambino Crime Family, which includes the ‘Boss of all Bosses’ himself – Carlo Gambino. Sinatra will say: “l thought they were a bunch of fans who happened to find themselves in my dressing room. I did not want to be rude and refuse them the picture.”
…Naturally, when Elvis marries Priscilla – in 1967 – where else will he get hitched but in Las Vegas….. More headlines!!
…Even The Beatles are not immune. Manager – Brian Epstien – is told that the ‘Fab ‘Four’ should play Las Vegas. There will now be no problems with unions during the rest of the tour. The Beatles will play two shows in Las Vegas, on 20th August 1964 – At 4pm and at 9pm – courtesy of the Sahara Hotel. This will be the only time since they hit the Big Time, that the Beatles will perform two shows on one day….
The Mafia liked Elizabeth Taylor. Her movies were free of any Union problems. The boys really adored ‘National Velvet’ – produced in 1944. Benjamin Siegal said that it always made him cry.
Everyone loves a wedding. The Mob arranges for Elizabeth Taylor to tie the knot with Eddie Fisher in an Orthodox Jewish wedding in Las Vegas, in 1959. The town will make headlines around the world.
By 1940, Benjamin Siegel has become a tremendous success in Los Angeles. He befriends the Hollywood Set which includes George Raft – who will later say that he modelled his acting career playing gangsters based upon his good friend – ‘Benny’!
26 December 1946 – Planes are organised to bring over Hollywood Stars, their many friends, other celebrities, and journalists to Las Vegas for the opening night party. “Ladies and Gentlemen – here at the fabulous Flamingo, Las Vegas – in association with Benjamin Siegel……… it’s ……Showtime!! Presenting singing sensation – Rita Moreno……..
26 December 1946 – Planes are organised to bring over Hollywood Stars, their many friends, other celebrities, and journalists to Las Vegas for the opening night party. “Ladies and Gentlemen – here at the fabulous Flamingo, Las Vegas – in association with Benjamin Siegel……… it’s ……Showtime….. And starring tonight – Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra …..
26 December 1946 – Planes are organised to bring over Hollywood Stars, their many friends, other celebrities, and journalists to Las Vegas for the opening night party. “Ladies and Gentlemen – here at the fabulous Flamingo, Las Vegas – in association with Benjamin Siegel……… it’s ……Showtime!!….. Featuring the Rhumba Queen herself – the one and only………..Abbe Lane.”
In October 1993, Barbra Streisand performs two short concerts on the opening weekend of the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Her price – $15million! Looking at the action generated over that weekend in the Casino – Streisand says: “l was definitely underpaid!!”
Las Vegas is living up to its reputation as the most glittering place on Earth. It needs entertainers to match. None come more glittering than Liberace, in 1955. The Mob has no problem waving enough money around to lure him into taking permanent showroom residence.
26 December 1946 – Planes are organised to bring over Hollywood Stars, their many friends, other celebrities, and journalists to Las Vegas for the opening night party. “Ladies and Gentlemen – here at the fabulous Flamingo, Las Vegas – in association with Benjamin Siegel……… its ……Showtime!! Introducing your favourite entertainer – Jimmy ‘Shnozzle’ Durante….
…During the 1960s, who is “Greater than the Greatest himself?!” Muhammed Ali – born Cassius Clay. 22nd November 1965 – he takes on and beats Floyd Patterson for the Heavyweight Championship of the World, at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. The town is now the boxing capital of the world.
Beverly Wilshire Hotel – Los Angeles, California – October 1962 …..Very slowly, Charles ‘Sonny’ Liston – the Heavyweight Champion of the World – the most feared man on the planet – drops his arm, turns around, and scampers out of the dining room with his fifteen-strong entourage scuttling behind him…. He will never step foot in the Hotel again.
22nd November 1965 – Muhammed Ali takes on and beats Floyd Patterson for the Heavyweight Championship of the World, at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. The Mafia are now inspired to take an interest in that most lucrative of sports.
“l don’t really want to be rich; I just want to be wonderful.” So says Norma Jean who transforms into Marilyn Monroe. She will die in mysterious circumstances on 5th August 1962… Perhaps she knows too much!
For The Entrepreneurs
Recluse billionaire Howard Hughes arrives in Las Vegas in 1966. He checks into the Desert Inn, with his Mormon entourage, and takes over the entire ninth floor. He is still there four months later. The management are concerned because rooms are needed for the high rollers about to hit town. Hughes is asked to leave – his response is to buy the joint and yet another nine along the Las Vegas Strip. By 1967 he is the largest hotel owner in town.
Steve Wynn, master showman and promoter, lights the fuse in 1989. He builds the fabulous Mirage, with an erupting volcano in front of it. A few years later, he creates the stunning Bellagio, with its $40million dancing fountains.
Gus Greenbaum – one of the three men who have taken over The Flamingo Hotel, back in 1947 – is a drug addict. By 1958, the Mafia are sure that he is ripping off the Casino take at the Riviera Hotel where he is executive-in-charge.
It is 30th July 1944. The driver is waiting by the car. His boss, standing a short distance away, is wearing boots to protect his legs against the rattlesnakes. The driver – Moish Sirdwitz – also known as ‘Moe Sedway’, remarks later how cool his boss looked, dressed in a suit with a matching grey hat, although the temperature had to be well over one hundred degrees.
The son of Morris Rosen – one of the three men who had taken over the Flamingo Hotel – Las Vegas – on 20th June, 1947 – marries the eldest daughter of….. Benjamin Siegel …. three years after his death. What must have been going thru’ the minds of the Bride, Groom and Family under the ‘Chupah’ – the traditional Jewish marriage Canopy? Perhaps they were thinking …… “It was only business”!
The Mafia suspects Bugsy Siegel is skimming off the top of funds destined for The Flamingo…. confirmed… when girlfriend Virginia Hill was spotted going in and out of banks in Zurich, Switzerland, carrying large suitcases, during the Summer of 1946.
- JIMMY HOFFA
- SOLLY 'CUTYERHEADOFF' WEISSMAN
- ALBERT 'TICK TOCK' TANNENBAUM
- THE COTTON CLUB DANCERS
- OSCAR THE POET
- THE RATPACK
- 'MACHINE-GUN' JACK MCGURN
- CHICK HILL WITH JERRI MASON
- ABE 'BO' WEINBERG
- THE 'YESHIVA BOCHOR'
- THE MERCY MAN
Teamster Union Boss – He will provide ‘Finance’ to his Mafia Friends to develop Casinos in Las Vegas. Following his war with the Kennedys, and further troubles with the Law, the Mafia will finally ‘dispense’ with his services in 1975.
SOLLY ‘CUTYERHEADOFF’ WEISSMAN
Atlantic City – May 1929 …… And from Kansas City comes Solly Weissman, also known as ‘Cutyerheadoff’ Weissman.
ALBERT ‘TICK TOCK’ TANNENBAUM
In May 1940, the police have taken Albert ‘Tick Tock’ Tannenbaum into custody. He is called ‘Tick Tock’ because his hits are always bang on time. Tannenbaum takes immediate advantage of the ‘open window’. He starts ‘singing’ as well.
THE COTTON CLUB DANCERS
Dutch Schultz muscles in on Harlem proper. By 1934, he has taken over the famous Cotton Club….he is happy to keep the policy of ‘black only dancers’ entertain ‘white only customers.’
OSCAR THE POET
Early 1940 – The police have also picked up a university professor called ‘Oscar the Poet.’ History does not reveal his true name but he’s reputed to be the strategic planner behind Murder Incorporated.
Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack set the seal on the explosion of Las Vegas, into the premier entertainment centre if the world. By 1960, the antics of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Junior, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop make headlines – not only in America – but across the world. By day they film ‘Sergeants 3’ and ‘Ocean’s 11’, but by night, they perform their ‘schtick’ at the Sands Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas.
‘MACHINE-GUN’ JACK MCGURN
A1 Capone’s chief enforcer in Cicero, (located just outside of Chicago) is James DeMora, alias ‘Machine Gun Jack McGurn’. By 1927 nothing will move in Cicero unless McGurn and his Boss allow it to happen.
CHICK HILL WITH JERRI MASON
It is 20th June 1947. With the business day now finished, Bugsy Siegel has changed into sports clothes to meet up with three friends to try out a new restaurant by the ocean – ‘Jacks on the Beach’. The friends are: Chick Hill – brother of his girlfriend Virginia Hill, plus Chick’s Fiancée – Jerri Mason.
ABE ‘BO’ WEINBERG
10th September 1931 ….. Salvatore Maranzano doesn’t recognise the assassin – Abe ‘Bo’ Weinberg – hired to Lucky Luciano from the Dutch Schultz mob. Why should he? – He’s never met a Jew in his life!
THE ‘YESHIVA BOCHOR’
…. The remarkable tale of the Yeshiva Bochor, from Toledo, Ohio, who graduated to be Top Gun of Murder Incorporated, during the 1930s. He will use a knife, rather than a gun – on the Jewish Sabbath – to avoid using a flame. He walks rather than drives to perform a
Hit, so as to avoid desecrating that Holy Day.
THE MERCY MAN
The contract is given to John Gotti. He knows that neither an Italian nor American Mafioso will carry out the hit. An outsider is required. Gotti sends a message to England. A London gunman – known only as ‘The Mercy Man’ – is hired. They say he is of Jewish
blood….. He arrives in New York City in March 1980.
Special Thanks To
- THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY
- MUNICIPAL OFFICE OF CHICAGO
- THE POLICE DEPT. OF NEW YORK CITY
- THE POLICE DEPT. OF NEW JERSEY
- THE POLICE DEPT. OF CHICAGO
- THE POLICE DEPT. OF LOS ANGELES
- THE POLICE DEPT. OF ATLANTIC CITY
- CITY OF LAS VEGAS SHERIFF'S DEPT
- JOHNNY CASH
THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY
During the late 1970’s, New York City is stepping up its fight against Organised Crime by improving surveillance tactics, thus putting additional pressure on the Mafia. The Mayor means business, but needs the assistance of Federal Government.
MUNICIPAL OFFICE OF CHICAGO
In 1921, Capone is loaned out to ‘Big Jim’ Colosimo – Tsar of the largest Prostitution Racket in the mid-West of the United States – courtesy of the Municipal Office of Chicago.
THE POLICE DEPT. OF NEW YORK CITY
10th June 2002 – John Gotti – the last great Mafia Chief – The Teflon Don – dies, aged 62. His body is taken back to New York City. The police will clear the streets for his funeral.
THE POLICE DEPT. OF NEW JERSEY
Newark, New Jersey – 23rd October 1935. Police sirens can be heard in the distance. Chaim dashes out of the restaurant. Where is Mendy? – He’s gone….. And so has the getaway car. A few curious bystanders are staring at him. Those police sirens are getting louder.
THE POLICE DEPT. OF CHICAGO
A1 Capone is fond of saying, “Every time there is a shooting in Chicago or an Irishman gets scratched……The Police blame me.” St. Valentine’s Day – 14th February 1929 will change everything….
THE POLICE DEPT. OF LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles – California – 20th June 1947. Fifteen minutes later….. At 11:10pm…..The Police arrive at the House of Death….
THE POLICE DEPT. OF ATLANTIC CITY
Meyer Lansky and ‘Lucky’ Luciano know that something must be done, and a get together is organised here in Atlantic City down by the New Jersey shoreline. Over a weekend in mid-May 1929 young Jewish and Italian Gangsters from across the Nation converge upon Atlantic City, thanks to the hospitality of Mob Boss Enoch ‘Nucky’ Johnson. The police look the other way!
CITY OF LAS VEGAS SHERIFF’S DEPT
In 1951 an event takes place in Las Vegas – never happened before or since……. A Casino is robbed! The money is buried in the desert. Two small time mobsters – Tony Trambino and Tony Brancato are warned about their safety by the Las Vegas Sheriff’s Department.
“l woke up this afternoon looked into your eye And somethin’ was as wrong as if the sun forgot to rise I picked up a roadmap and I
checked a few good places that I know And if you’re no longer givin’ I believe I’ll hit the road and go….”
‘Hit the Road and Go’
*by Johnny Cash*
We are here at last – We are here in the Nevada Desert. It is 30th July 1944.