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111,134.  The dashing trigger-happy Benjamin Siegel, better known as Bugsy, was as charming as he was murderous.  In the 1940s the New York mob sent Bugsy to LA where he muscled in on the rackets and hobnobbed with movie stars.  Then he fell for the movie girl Virginia Hill.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & Las Vegas)  Mobsters s1e5: Bugsy Siegel, Bio 2007

 

111,135.  The gamble of a lifetime: he gained control of the Las Vegas resort and casino the Flamingo.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & Las Vegas)  ibid.  

 

111,136.  By age 21 Bugsy was already a success in spite of a rap sheet that included charges of assault, drug dealing, white slavery, bootlegging, highjacking, robbery, bookmaking and murder.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

 

18,213.  While Mickey embraced life in LA, Bugsy Siegel was bored with the same old Hollywood scene.  In 1945 Bugsy came up with an idea that he pitched to the Mob families – an investment opportunity.  The Flamingo Hotel.  A first-class destination in Las Vegas, Nevada, complete with a hundred and five rooms, private bungalows, and a casino.  Siegel told them all they had to do was put up the money to build the place and watch their wallets grow.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Murder: Siegel & Mafia & Las Vegas & Los Angeles & Gangstas: Los Angeles & Murder: Cohen)  Mobsters s1e25: Mickey Cohen

 

18,214.  By the time Mickey arrived in Las Vegas it was too late.  The hotel was already $5 million over budget.  Bugsy had promised the Mob a sure thing;  The Flamingo was anything but ... The Assassin fired into the house hitting Bugsy three times in the head, killing him instantly.  Bugsy Segal had bet everything on Vegas.  And lost.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Murder: Siegel & Mafia & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Murder: Cohen)  ibid.   

 

 

17,645.  The Mobsters pocketed the rest.  The desert city had become a cash cow for the outfit.  With so much money flowing from Las Vegas casinos the Mob needed muscle to protect its investment.  Naturally, the bosses turned to a man who had killed and tortured on behalf of the Mob for years – Tony Spilatro.  And the young mobster saw it as a chance to prove himself.  (Gangstas & Murder: Spilotro & Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Chicago)  Mobsters s1e26: Tony Spilotro

 

17,647.  In the wake of the indictments the Nevada Gaming Commission raided The Stardust casino.  The move put a serious hole in the Chicago Outfit’s Vegas revenue.  (Gangstas & Murder: Spilotro & Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Chicago)  ibid.   

 

 

17,650.  A home-loving husband, dedicated father, Tony Spilatro was in fact suspected by the FBI of over twenty murders.  As Las Vegas enforcer for the Chicago Mafia Spilatro hit whoever his bosses wanted taking care of.  (Gangstas & Murder: Spilotro & Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Chicago)  Mafia’s Greatest Hits: Tony the Ant Spilotro

 

17,651.  The Chicago Mafia controlled some of the biggest hotel-casinos in the city.  (Gangstas & Murder: Spilotro & Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Chicago)  ibid.

 

 

17,667.  And what did the gangstas do with all these millions?  They built casino hotels in the Nevada desert – Las Vegas.  (Gangstas: Chicago & Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Chicago & Mafia)  Mafia’s Greatest Hits: Allen Dorfman

 

17,670.  Joey ‘the Clown’ Lombardo was a serious gangsta ... Lombardo oversaw the Las Vegas casinos.  (Gangstas: Chicago & Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Chicago & Mafia)  ibid.

 

 

18,215.  We were able to establish with hard evidence that the organised crime families did in fact have these hidden interests in casinos in Las Vegas.  That they were receiving skim money.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia)  Lee Flosi, FBI special agent

 

 

18,216.  He cheated Las Vegas out of millions.  There was no slot machine he couldn’t beat.  A brilliant inventor he tinkered his way into the biggest casino heist in history.  There was nothing they could do to stop the slot-machine genius.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas)  Masterminds: The Slot Machine Genius

 

18,217.  In 1992 Las Vegas fell victim to one of the biggest gambling thefts in history.  An estimated $2.5 million was plundered from slot machines up and down the strip.  All by a single gang.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

18,218.  A TV repair man ... His name was Tommy Glenn Carmichael ... In 1992 armed with light-wands they hit every casino on the Strip.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

18,219.  Carmichael built a cheating empire.  Through his corporation he began marketing his tools and his tips to the criminal underworld.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

18,220.  Tommy Carmichael was caught in the act.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

 

18,221.  He struck Vegas casinos at will.  The latest technology was no match for him.  A virtually impossible crime scored over fifteen million dollars.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas)  Masterminds: Stealing Las Vegas

 

18,222.  Dennis Nikrasch was born the south side of Chicago into a family of career criminals ... Nikrasch moved to Las Vegas in the 1970s.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

18,223.  Nikrasch himself gets eight years in a Federal prison.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

 

18,224.  This informant told them [FBI] about a group of people in Nevada that could win a jackpot any time they wanted to.  And she was part of the crew.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas)  James Taylor, special agent Nevada Gaming Control Board

 

 

18,225.  At one time a cash pipeline straight to America’s Mafia.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia)  Casino: True Story

 

18,226.  The most lucrative of them all was The Stardust.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia)  ibid.

 

18,227.  A way of pocketing their cash without leaving any trace in the accounts – it was known as the Skim.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia)  ibid.

 

18,228.  In 1971 the Chicago Mob sent in Tony the Ant Spilotro to act as their enforcer.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia)  ibid.

 

18,229.  As the city’s first organised burglary crew, the gang took full advantage of lax security ... the Hole-in-the-wall Gang.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia)  ibid.

 

18,230.  In 1979 as part of a major government initiative FBI agents were dispatched to Vegas to drive the Mafia out of the city.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia)  ibid.

 

18,231.  The Fed’s strategy was to follow the money.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia)  ibid.

 

18,232. The FBI offered to drop the charges if Collotta became a state witness against his boss.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia)    ibid.

 

18,233.  The Mob had lost its biggest earner and someone had to pay.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia)  ibid.

 

18,234.  The battle for Las Vegas was over and the Law had won.  (Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia)  ibid.

 

 

43,819.  In the shadow of the Strip there is a fierce battleground where the dealers fight for a share of the Vegas drugs trade.  (Drugs & Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Gangstas)  Drugs Inc: High Stakes Vegas

 

43,820.  The Mexican cartels have taken over.  (Drugs & Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Gangstas)  ibid.

 

43,821.  Up to 25% of Vietnam vets have suffered substance abuse problems.  (Drugs & Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Gangstas)  ibid.

 

43,822.  West Las Vegas is one of the city's most drug-ridden neighbourhoods.  It’s a hotbed for Vegas’ crack cocaine industry.  (Drugs & Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Crack Cocaine & Gangstas)  ibid.

 

43,823.  Vegas cops arrest around 30 call girls a day.  (Drugs & Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Prostitution & Gangstas)  ibid.

 

43,824.  There are over 14,000 homeless in Vegas.  (Drugs & Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Homelessness & Gangstas)  ibid.

 

 

96,480.  Lucky Luciano, Vito Genovese, Frank Costello, Meyer Lansky – each of Siegel's childhood crew has either been the boss or has had the freedom to run his own operation.  Siegel wants to be remembered as more than just a trigger man – he wants a lasting legacy.  (Mafia & Gangstas & Gangstas: Las Vegas & New York & Las Vegas)  The Making of the Mafia s1e7  

 

96,485.  Siegel’s operation has gone wildly over budget ... Now more than ever he need The Flamingo to succeed.  (Mafia & Gangstas & Gangstas: Las Vegas & New York & Las Vegas)  ibid.  

 

96,486.  Bugsy Siegel’s big gamble on a forgotten desert town finally pays off.  (Mafia & Gangstas & Gangstas: Las Vegas & Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

96,487.  1947: Siegel becomes the first of Luciano’s original crew to be killed.  (Mafia & Gangstas Las Vegas & Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

 

111,368.  Las Vegas, Nevada: A new breed of gangstas in Sin City … This new generation of gangs is cliquing up all across the city turning what was once quiet neighbourhoods into battlegrounds.  Gangland s2e11: Sin City, History 2008

 

111,369.  Hybrids – they were something new in gang culture.  ibid.

 

 

20,239.  1983: When you love someone you’ve gotta trust them.  There’s no other way.  You’ve got to give them the key to everything that’s yours.  Otherwise what’s the point?  (GBH Films & Trust & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  Casino 1995 ***** starring Robert De Niro & Sharon Stone & Joe Pesci & James Woods & Frank Vincent & Don Rickles & Pasquale Cajano & John Bloom et al, director Martin Scorsese, opening scene De Niro’s car explodes

 

20,240.  Before I ever ran a casino or got myself blown up Ace Rothstein was a hell of a handicapper.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.  Rothstein’s commentary

 

20,241.  I was given one of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas to run – The Tangiers.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

20,242.  We fucked it all up.  It should have been so sweet too.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.  Nicky’s commentary

 

20,243.  The Strip Las Vegas Ten Years Earlier ... Here I’m Mr Rothstein.  I’m not only legitimate but running a casino, and that’s like selling people dreams for cash.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.  Rothstein’s commentary

 

20,244.  All this money: this is the end result of all the bright lights ... It’s all been arranged just for us to get your money.  That’s the truth about Las Vegas.  We’re the only winners.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas & Money & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

20,245.  The Teamsters Union – and that’s where you have to go if you wanted to borrow money to buy a casino.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.  Nicky’s commentary

 

20,246.  With Ace the casino never saw such money.  (GBH Films & Money & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

20,247.  Money, this, doesn’t mean anything without trust.  I have to be able to trust you with my life.  (GBH Films & Money & Trust & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.  Rothstein to wife

 

20,248.  I soon had the best operation in the Strip.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.  Rothstein

 

20,249.  Nicky managed to get himself banned from every casino in Las Vegas.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

20,250.  To Nicky Las Vegas was like the wild west.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

20,251.  Nicky was the new boss of Las Vegas.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

20,252.  The cash kept rolling in, and the suitcases kept coming and going.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.  Nicky’s commentary

 

20,253.  Fucking bosses – they think it’s a free fucking lunch out here.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.   

 

20,254.  Nicky was not only bringing heat on himself but on me too.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.  Rothstein commentary

 

20,255.  Flamboyant Tangiers Casino executive Sam Ace Rothstein accused the state’s top gaming officials of corruption and hypocrisy.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.  news report

 

20,256.  Meeting in the middle of the desert always made me nervous.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas & Gangstas: Las Vegas)  ibid.  Rothstein’s commentary

 

20,257.  The Fed’s didn’t need her anyway.  They had all the pieces they needed.  And everybody began to tumble.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas)  ibid.  Rothstein’s commentary

 

20,258.  The word was out – the bosses had enough of Nicky.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas)  ibid.  Rothstein’s commentary

 

20,259.  The town will never be the same.  After the Tangiers, big corporations took it all over.  To them it looks like Disneyland.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

20,260.  Where did the money come from to rebuild the pyramids – junk bonds.  (GBH Films & Las Vegas)  ibid.

 

20,261.  In the end I wound up right back where I started.  ibid.

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