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Battle for Las Vegas: The Law vs. The Mob

Battle for Las Vegas: The Law vs. The Mob

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by Dennis N. Griffin
     
 

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From the 1970s through the mid-1980s, the Chicago Outfit dominated organized crime in Las Vegas. Unreported revenue, known as the “skim,” from Outfit-controlled casinos made its way out of Vegas by the bagful, ending up in the coffers of the Windy City crime bosses and their confederates around the Midwest.

To ensure the smooth flow of cash, the

Overview


From the 1970s through the mid-1980s, the Chicago Outfit dominated organized crime in Las Vegas. Unreported revenue, known as the “skim,” from Outfit-controlled casinos made its way out of Vegas by the bagful, ending up in the coffers of the Windy City crime bosses and their confederates around the Midwest.

To ensure the smooth flow of cash, the gangsters installed a front man with no criminal background, Allen R. Glick, as the casino owner of record, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal as the real boss of casino operations, and Tony Spilotro as the ultimate enforcer, who’d do whatever it took to protect their interests. 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.

The 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780929712376
Publisher:
Huntington Press
Publication date:
07/01/2006
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
346,844
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author


In 1994, Dennis N. Griffin retired after a 20-year career in investigations and law enforcement in New York and moved to Las Vegas. In 1996 he wrote his first novel, The Morgue, based on an actual case he investigated, and currently has six mystery thrillers in print, in addition to four non-fiction titles for Huntington Press: Policing Las Vegas, The Battle for Las Vegas, Cullotta, and Surviving the Mob. He is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America, Las Vegas Valley Writers Group, Henderson Writers Group, and the Police Writers Association and is a consultant and frequent on-screen contributor to documentaries and films about the history of the Mob.

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Battle for Las Vegas: The Law vs. The Mob 3.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 28 reviews.
Shar-Pei-Man More than 1 year ago
This is about the true story of how the tide turned in the war against organized crime from a law enforcement perspective. It is well written concise and fast reading.
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I am a Las Vegas resident of over 41 years. The corporations that now run the state, not just the casinos, are many times worse than the so-called wiseguys. Anyone who thinks the "skim" is a thing of the past is out of touch or just ignoring the truth. These corporate scumbags make the wiseguys look like boy scouts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish it had a bit more depth at several points, but still an interesting read for anyone intrigued by this topic.
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Great story, tells of how and what in a diferent light.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
interesting and well written.
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Doug Wiklund More than 1 year ago
This book reads very quick and gives a good history of the mob in Vegas. I say its a starter because it definitely leaves the reader wanting more details on the crimes, criminals and the lawmen who took them down.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The dynamics of criminal activity in the Battle for Las Vegas by Griffin is well presented in this outstanding read. It is evident that the author researched indepth to bring to the reader an important of what went on in that era of time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like most new things, Las Vegas had growing pains as aptly depicted in THE BATTLE FOR LAS VEGAS. We have all heard of Bugsy Siegel and on the other side, Eliot Ness¿but how many are familiar with the likes of Tony¿The Ant¿Spilotro? There is speculation as to how Spilotro got his nickname¿some think it was a shortened version of his given name¿others thought it was due to his stature. However the name The Ant came about, he is introduced to us in this exciting portrayal of how Sin City was steeped in not only sin but greed as well. From murder to skimming to prostitution, this account tells it all. We meet the city officials as well as the law enforcement personnel who were `in the pockets¿ of these crooks. The general Las Vegas public appeared to be more obsessed with prostitution than they were with the mobs. There is a theory that most mob crime is mob upon mob and the average citizen would not feel the tentacles of this corrupt octopus. The public was so concerned with the sex crimes that they voted out their Sheriff, McCarthy, who went after the mob with a vengeance. I would like to see the movie Casino once again now that I can put names to the characters with a much better understanding of who they are¿thanks to Dennis Griffin. If you¿d like a vivid portrayal of how Las Vegas was tamed, be sure to put this on your reading list.