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Fat Herbie’s rise and fall

January 10, 2017

Second of two parts. Part One looks at Herbie Blitzstein's murder twenty years ago. Herbert “Fat Herbie Blitzstein was born in Chicago in 1934. After a conviction for illegal gambling, he left the Windy City for Las Vegas in 1971 to join forces with his former crime associate in Chicago, Tony Spilotro. It was the start of a 15-year partnership in Las Vegas. Blitzstein helped Spilotro, a top representative of the Chicago Outfit, run a jewelry store, the Gold Rush, a block west of the Las Vegas Strip. But the store, where Tony’s brother Michael also worked, was a cover for Spilotro’s ...

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A late Mob hit in Las Vegas

First of two parts. Part Two looks at Blitzstein’s criminal activity in Las Vegas. By the mid-1990s, death had claimed…

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The Hollywood legend, the Mob and the jukebox racket

The venerable actress and singer Debbie Reynolds, who died last week at age 84, was a risk-taker for decades when…

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Wilkerson’s idea, Bugsy’s baby

On the evening of December 26, 1946, it seemed that Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel had done almost everything right for the…

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Castro revolution had major effect on Las Vegas

This is the third of three blogs on the death of Fidel Castro. Part one looks at the harsh blow Castro dealt…

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Mob involved in attempts to assassinate Castro

This is the second of three blogs on the death of Fidel Castro. Part one looks at the harsh blow…

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Fidel Castro derailed Mob’s plans in Cuba

This is the first of three blogs on the death of Fidel Castro. Part two looks at Mob ties to…

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Journalist tracks history of New York Mafia

In the summer of 1963, Joseph Valachi, longtime Mafia soldier involved in more than a score of gangland killings for…

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