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  • Who was the Real Boss: Nitti or Ricca?

    20 MAY 2024 · Retired Intelligence Detective Gary Jenkins brings you the best in mob history with his unique perception of the mafia. In this conversation between Gary and Camillus Robinson, aka "Cam," they delve into the intriguing histories of Frank Nitti and Paul Ricca, pivotal figures in the Chicago outfit from the Capone era to modern times. Cam discusses his book "Chicago Swan Song: A Mob Wife Story," detailing Lisa Swan's experiences living in the shadow of the Calabrese mob family during the Family Secrets trial. They explore the power dynamics between Nitti and Ricca, highlighting Nitti's enforcement role and Ricca's political savvy and connections with mob bosses nationwide. The conversation transitions to discussions around Capone's influence, with differing perspectives on Nitti's power after Capone's downfall and Ricca's rise to prominence. They delve into the organizational structure of the Chicago outfit, noting the mentorship roles that Nitti and Ricca played in grooming future mob leaders like Tony Accardo and Giancana. The conversation also touches on the Kansas City-Chicago mob connections and their intertwined history. Gary and Cam reflect on the transition from the prohibition era to modern times, emphasizing Nitti and Ricca's legacy and impact in shaping the Chicago Outfit. They shed light on the mob's complex relationships and power dynamics, pointing out how the Chicago Outfit Bosses changed while the organizational structure persisted. Gary and Cam keep the audience engaged throughout their banter with their deep knowledge and entertaining exchanges. Chapters 0:00 Welcome to Gangland Wire 0:24 The Swan Song of Chicago Mob 3:49 Capone's Shadow and Chicago's Shift 11:22 Ricca's Rise and National Connections 12:50 The Hollywood Scam and Its Players 14:52 Ricca's Ascendancy and Tragic End 21:01 Chicago's Organizational Structure 24:27 Chicago vs. New York Power Dynamics 25:08 Nitty and Ricca: Pivotal Figures 28:24 Mob Summit in Las Vegas Support the Podcast
    29m 54s
  • Audie Murphy and the Mob!

    15 MAY 2024 · Retired Intelligence Detective Gary Jenkins brings you the best in mob history with his unique perception of the mafia. Gary found a little-known story about a famous WW2 war hero/movie star who took on Fifi Bucceri of the Chicago Outfit. Audie Murphy was the most decorated soldier in World War II. He also suffered from a gambling addiction after the war. In this fantastic story, we learn how he killed 50 Germans single-handedly to win the Congressional Medal of Honor and came home to a grateful public. Jimmy Cagney sponsored him in the Hollywood movie industry, where he became a film star in many action movies. The most famous was To Hell and Back. Murphy's gambling addiction led him into the hands of two scam artists from Chicago. The rest is right out of an Audie Murphy movie.  Let us just say that he was not afraid of the Mob.  Support the podcast Venmo@ganglandwire
    14m 49s
  • Louis Milito: Another Gravano Victim?

    13 MAY 2024 · The interview delves into the life and criminal activities of Louis Milito, a mobster born in Brooklyn in 1942. The host, Gary Jenkins, a retired Kansas City Police detective, discusses Molito’s upbringing in a neighborhood teeming with Sicilian immigrants and his involvement with the Rampers street gang alongside Sammy the Bull Gravano. Despite his criminal endeavors, Milito also pursued a career as a hairdresser, showcasing a surprising dichotomy in his persona. Milito’s criminal journey includes car theft, jewelry heists, and involvement in high-profile murders like that of “Johnny Keys” Simone, a Philadelphia mobster. Milito’s loyalty to Gravano and the Gambino crime family is highlighted through his involvement in various criminal activities under their command. However, a grave mistake occurs when Milito and Gravano mistakenly murder a 16-year-old instead of the intended target, leading to unforeseen consequences. The interview explores Milito's continued involvement in criminal activities, including a murder ordered by the Gambino underboss, Frank DiCicco. Amidst power struggles and changes within the Gambino family, Milito’s dissent towards Gravano’s rise in the hierarchy sets the stage for his eventual downfall. As Gravano ascends through the ranks, tensions rise within the family, leading to Milito’s imprisonment for tax evasion in 1984. The narrative culminates in Milito’s final days filled with regret and poignant discussions with his wife, Lynda. The complex dynamics of loyalty and betrayal in the organized crime world are highlighted, showcasing the precarious existence mobsters like Milito navigated. Milito’s mysterious disappearance after a meeting with Gravano hints at a tragic end to his tumultuous life. The interview provides captivating insight into the intricate web of relationships, crimes, and internal conflicts that characterized Milito’s life as a mobster. Check out Lynda Milito's book - Support the Podcast Venmo @ganglandwire
    19m 3s
  • Johnny Roselli: Hollywood Gangster

    8 MAY 2024 · Retired Intelligence Detective Gary Jenkins brings you the best in mob history with his unique perception of the mafia. In this episode of Mafia Biographies, delve into the captivating life of John "Handsome Johnny" Roselli. Born Filippo Sacco in 1905, Roselli's journey traversed organized crime during Prohibition, connections with mob figures like Al Capone, and ventures into liquor imports and labor racketeering. Transitioning to Las Vegas, Roselli emerged as a key player in the casino scene and infiltrated Hollywood craft unions and production companies, showcasing his versatility. The narrative takes a surprising turn in the 1960s with involvement in a CIA plot to assassinate Fidel Castro, entwining mobsters and political intrigue. Roselli's appearance before a Senate committee in the 1970s shed light on his connections to espionage and criminal activities. His mysterious demise in 1976 near Miami further added layers of speculation to his intricate life, leaving a legacy that echoes the complexities of crime, business, and political power in American history. Join us for more underworld biographies as we unravel captivating stories of mobsters. Support the Podcast  Venmo @ganglandwire Buy me a cup of Coffee Donate Gangland Wire
    10m 50s
  • The Bonanno Family: Betrayal and Ambition

    6 MAY 2024 · Retired Intelligence Detective Gary Jenkins brings you the best in mob history with his unique perception of the mafia. In this podcast episode, we delve into the intriguing life story of Joseph Charles Bonanno, a prominent figure in organized crime. Joe Bonanno's life was intertwined with the Mafia's tumultuous history from his early days migrating to the United States from Sicily. We witness his rise through the ranks of the New York City Mafia families, navigating through turbulent times marked by power struggles and alliances. Bonanno's escapades take us through significant events such as the Castellammarese War and the infamous Appalachian Conference. His ambitious nature leads him to orchestrate intricate plots, including a scheme to eliminate rival mob bosses, ultimately resulting in a betrayal that shatters loyalties within the Mafia commission. As the podcast delves deeper, we witness Joe Bonanno's retreat to Arizona, where retirement beckons after a series of family wars and power struggles. His legacy, marked by contradictions of honor and treachery, is explored in detail, shedding light on his involvement in the heroin trade and his untimely demise in 2002. Throughout the narrative, the complexities of Bonanno's character and his role in shaping the New York City Mafia landscape are articulated with admiration and criticism. The episode concludes with reflections on the lasting impact of his actions, painting a picture of a man whose life danced on the edge between honor and treachery, leaving behind a legacy etched in the annals of crime history. Support the Podcast Venmo @ganglandwire
    24m 38s
  • Underboss: The Untold Story of Carl DeLuna in the Mob

    29 APR 2024 · Retired Intelligence Detective Gary Jenkins brings you the best in mob history with his unique perception of the mafia. Today, we delve into the intriguing saga of Carl "Tuffy" DeLuna, a notable figure in the Kansas City organized crime milieu. Known as a formidable underboss with ties to the Civella family, Carl DeLuna commanded respect and fear for his powerful and ruthless demeanor. Though born in Brooklyn, he made his mark in Kansas City, engaging in various criminal activities ranging from armed robberies to overseeing a highly profitable skim operation that yielded substantial profits for the mob. DeLuna's ascent to prominence involved close ties to influential mobsters such as Nick Civella, and he played a key role in crucial decisions affecting the mob's operations. Tuffy's presence was integral to the mob's functioning, from enforcing discipline to managing sportsbook operations and ensuring the smooth running of illegal enterprises. His counsel was sought in pivotal discussions and actions, underscoring his role as a trusted advisor and enforcer. The dynamic between Tuffy DeLuna and Nick Civella sheds light on their relationship and how Tuffy's advice influenced critical decisions. His involvement in maintaining discipline and resolving internal conflicts within the mob highlighted his importance as Nick Civella's right-hand man. Tuffy's ability to manage various aspects of organized crime made him a valuable asset to the underworld. Tuffy's narrative also explores his clash with the Spero brothers and the ensuing violent confrontations that shook the Kansas City mob scene. The complex web of alliances, betrayals, and power struggles exemplified the volatile nature of organized crime and the deadly consequences those involved face. Tuffy's role in orchestrating and executing violent acts to retain control over the criminal empire showcased his unwavering commitment to the Civella Family's interests. When the Government finally arrested and convicted DeLuna, it marked the end of an era for the Kansas City mob. His enduring legacy as a powerful and influential figure in organized crime speaks to the intricate world of mob operations and the individuals who navigated its perilous waters. The compelling narrative of Carl "Tuffy" DeLuna's life provides insight into the complex workings of organized crime, highlighting the power struggles, alliances, and betrayals that shaped the criminal underworld in Kansas City. Tuffy's legacy as a formidable figure in the mob world and his lasting impact on the Kansas City crime scene solidify his place in the annals of organized crime history. Support the Podcast
    40m 18s
  • Mobsters & Movies: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Dark Past

    22 APR 2024 · Retired Intelligence Detective Gary Jenkins brings you the best in mob history with his unique perception of the mafia. Join Gary in his interview with author Jeffrey Sussman, who penned the revealing book "Tinseltown Gangsters: The Rise and Decline of the Mob in Hollywood." Discover the untold stories behind the glamorous facades of the movie industry, where figures like Mickey Cohen wielded immense influence, and shocking events like the Lana Turner murder of Johnny Stompanato sent shockwaves through the silver screen. Support the Podcast Venmo @ganglandwire
    48m 23s
  • Chicago Cigarette Theft Foiled

    18 APR 2024 · In this episode, we delve into a fascinating tale from the 1950s in Blue Island, Chicago, where Alfred Konecki, the president of F.W. Konecki & Sons Company, a tobacco distribution business, encountered suspicious activity involving a truck from Unity Refrigeration following their delivery vehicles. Two detectives, Bernard Kennedy and George Hanecki, were assigned to investigate the situation, setting up surveillance and observing a complex series of vehicles tailing each other.   The detectives uncovered that the Unity Refrigeration Truck was being followed by a car driven by Robert Bradshaw, a salesman for the Kodaki Company, who claimed he was trailing the Unity truck due to suspicions about its activities. Upon halting the vehicles, the officers discovered familiar faces inside the Unity truck - Chicago Outfit Associate Frank Schweihs, Stanley Bajic, and SAM-CNCO, armed with .38 caliber revolvers and a police scanner tuned to Chicago PD frequencies.   Despite the lack of a solid case against them, the officers interrogated the trio, sending a clear message regarding their monitoring of criminal activities. This incident highlights the organized crime presence in Chicago during that era and the tactics employed to protect businesses from theft and extortion. The narrative offers a glimpse into the early days of Frank Schweihs, who would later play a significant role in criminal activities, including extorting money from establishments.   The story underscores the challenges businesses face dealing with criminal interference and the intricate dynamics of law enforcement and organized crime in Chicago in the 1950s. It provides a window into a bygone era where local authorities often struggled to combat such activities, leaving individuals to navigate complex relationships with criminal elements. The intricacies of mob involvement in businesses and the strategies employed to mitigate threats offer a compelling perspective on the historical landscape of organized crime in major cities like Chicago.
    6m 16s
  • The Brilab Affair: Marcello's Web of Corruption

    15 APR 2024 · Retired Intelligence Detective Gary Jenkins brings you the best in mob history with his unique perception of the mafia. In this episode, Gary tells the story of Brilab (Bribery Labor), which initially aimed to uncover corruption in Louisiana and Texas and led to the indictment of New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello. Marcello, the kingpin of organized crime in the South, controlled operations across Louisiana, Texas, and Tampa, with significant influence over local officials. Joseph Hauser, an insurance salesman turned FBI informant, arranged a meeting between Marcello and undercover agents and proposed kickbacks for insurance contracts. Marcello agreed to use his influence to secure insurance contracts for the agents but demanded kickbacks in return. Louisiana State Commissioner Charles Romer accepted bribes to facilitate state insurance contracts but claimed the money was a campaign contribution, resulting in minimal charges. Marcello also expressed interest in gaining control over the Teamsters' health and welfare insurance funds, citing the illness of Teamsters' leader Frank Fitzsimmons as an opportunity to make this move. Marcello offered to secure Teamsters insurance contracts in exchange for a $2 million cash deposit in a safety deposit box under a fictitious name. Marcello's involvement in Brilab highlighted his influence over officials and his ambitions to expand his criminal enterprises. The case revealed the extent of government corruption and the reach of organized crime in the United States during the late 1970s. Despite Marcello's efforts, his plans to control the Teamsters' insurance business were thwarted by law enforcement actions and the eventual downfall of critical players like Alan Dorfman. Support the Podcast Venmo @ganglandwire
    21m 15s
  • Jimmy "The Bomber" Cataura

    8 APR 2024 · Retired Intelligence Detective Gary Jenkins brings you the best in mob history with his unique perception of the mafia. In this episode, Gary and his guest, Camillus "Cam" Robinson, talk about the turbulent life of James "Jimmy" Catuara, a figure whose name became synonymous with Chicago's underworld. Known as "The Bomber," Jimmy's story is a complex web of crime, suspicion, and intrigue. In 1952, Jimmy surfaced in the newspapers concerning bombings in the Chicago area. Two Teamsters Union officials' homes and a gasoline station where employees had refused to join the union were targeted. Despite being questioned, Jimmy couldn't be linked to the bombings and was instead charged with disorderly conduct. Over the years, Jimmy's alleged involvement in criminal activities continued to escalate. In 1967, he was linked to a murder investigation, but no charges were filed. 1972, Jimmy was among the men arrested on fraud and loan shark charges. The men had set up a fraudulent corporation that charged fees for financing loans totaling over one million dollars. Despite these brushes with the law, Jimmy managed to evade conviction. A federal grand jury next indicted him for transporting a stolen vehicle across state lines, but the outcome of this case remains unknown. Jimmy's reputation within the criminal underworld grew as the years went by. He was rumored to be involved in various criminal activities, including stealing and selling stolen auto parts. However, his criminal empire began to crumble in the late 1970s as rival factions within the mob vied for control.  South Side Boss Frank LaPorte died, and Al Pilotto took over. The new power wanted a piece of this chop shop racket.   In 1978, Jimmy's life came to a violent end when he was gunned down while sitting in his car. His death marked the end of an era, leaving behind a legacy of crime and intrigue that fascinates today. Join us as we unravel the life of James "Jimmy" Catuara, a man whose name became synonymous with Chicago's criminal underworld. Support the Podcast
    35m 6s

Retired Kansas City Mafia Detective Gary Jenkins brings his unique perspective when he examines the American Mafia. He offers listeners interviews with law enforcement, mafia members, and academics in his...

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Retired Kansas City Mafia Detective Gary Jenkins brings his unique perspective when he examines the American Mafia. He offers listeners interviews with law enforcement, mafia members, and academics in his shows. He always adds his experience to enhance those stories. In this episode, I share a riveting story of a raid conducted by the Chicago Police Department's Intelligence Unit on a high-stakes gambling operation. The operation, ordered by Captain Duffy, involved meticulous surveillance of key figures of the outfit's Westside crew, leading to the apprehension of nine individuals and the seizure of significant cash and incriminating records. Reflecting on the event, I highlight the strategic approach taken during the raid and the cooperation received from some of the individuals involved. This narrative provides a glimpse into the intense undercover operations and confrontations with organized crime that defined law enforcement efforts in 1960s Chicago.

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