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The hit that could have sunk Las Vegas

May 4, 2017

On May 2, 1957, Frank Costello thought he had problems, but he had no idea. He was appealing a five-year prison sentence for federal income tax evasion (for which he had already served nearly a year) and decided to enjoy a dinner out with his wife and a few close friends. But befitting a man the press had dubbed the “boss of racketeers,” he had pressing business, so rather than stay out for drinks he caught a cab to his apartment at 115 Central Park West. As his cab pulled up to the building, a black Cadillac pulled in behind it. ...

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Seventy years ago, Luciano’s Havana sojourn was cut short

In 1946, Charles “Lucky” Luciano was persona non grata in America. Though he was granted a pardon for his help…

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Iconic Chicago Outfit boss Al Capone died 70 years ago today

Al “Scarface” Capone, the ruthless yet media-friendly Chicago Outfit boss during Prohibition, died of natural causes 70 years ago today,…

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High behind the wheel

The next Community Safety Forum will focus on the functions and responsibilities of the District Attorney’s Office. It is scheduled…

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‘El Chapo’ extradited to United States

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the most powerful and violent Mexican drug cartel bosses in history, has been extradited…

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Murderous Philadelphia Mob boss dies in prison

When a federal judge in Philadelphia sentenced him to 55 years in prison on murder and racketeering charges in May…

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Fat Herbie’s rise and fall

Second of two parts. Part One looks at Herbie Blitzstein’s murder twenty years ago. Herbert “Fat Herbie” Blitzstein was born…

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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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