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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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Howard Hughes and nuclear testing

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Gangster-built Golden Nugget turns 70

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Too early for obituaries

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