November 7: The Real Story Behind “Casino” – Watch Livestream at Oscar’s Steakhouse

Date: November 7, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $25 with 10% discount for Museum Members
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Enjoy Oscar’s Steakhouse while watching Livestream of The Real Story Behind Casino plus take advantage of a free drink on Oscar Goodman.

Oscar’s Steakhouse at The Plaza in downtown Las Vegas is hosting a Livestream of The Mob Museum’s sold-out panel discussion,  The Real Story Behind Casino. As well, Oscar Goodman himself will visit the restaurant after the event to share even more stories and answer questions about his experiences with the movie. A shuttle will be available to carry guests to and from the Museum.

Learn the truth behind the characters and events portrayed in this award-winning Martin Scorsese film. What really happened. And what didn’t.

  • Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal aka Ace Rothstein
  • Tony “The Ant” Spilotro aka Nicky Santoro
  • Gruesome murder scenes and casino skims

In honor of Casino’s 20th anniversary

Panelists include attorneys, FBI agents and reporters involved in the investigations of the facts behind the movie as well as Oscar Goodman, Rosenthal’s criminal defense attorney in real life and also in the film.

“There was a time on the Strip when murder settled bets, blackmail evened the odds and revenge was the payout. This is the story of the good old days.” – from the 1995 movie poster


Featured Panelists

Gwen Castaldi  

Gwen Castaldi

Gwen Castaldi worked in journalism positions for the majority of her professional life. On a regular basis, Gwen covered Mob stories during the height of the organized crime investigation era in Las Vegas during the mid-1970’s into the early 1990’s, as many cases wound their way through decades to completion in local and federal courts.

Her work included television, radio and print reporting in Las Vegas, Chicago and Cleveland. Gwen held positions as a reporter, anchor, public affairs host, news director, producer, executive producer, assignment editor, and videotape editor. She worked for KBMI All News Radio and KNEWS Radio in Las Vegas, CBS News in Chicago for WBBM, at Las Vegas Channels 8 (CBS), 13 (ABC) and 3 (NBC) and put Channel 5’s (Fox) first news department together in 1998 as news director.

In addition to regular newscasts, Gwen hosted several public affairs shows during her career — “On the Record” at Channel 8, and “Point Blank” and “Action Seniors”, both at Channel 3. Gwen helped create and then hosted the Las Vegas National Public Radio affiliate KNPR daily public affairs discussion program “State of Nevada”. The program won a 2003 National Silver Microphone Award. Other awards for her work in broadcasting and print include Emmy awards and nominations, awards from United Press International, Associated Press, Nevada Broadcasters, and the Las Vegas Chamber’s Women of Achievement.

Gwen’s participated in many Las Vegas community organizations and events as a panel moderator, facilitator, host and presenter. She was a frequent guest speaker for many journalism classes and seminars at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Clark County School District, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, academy training classes for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and numerous other local groups and charity organizations. Gwen also served on local and state historic preservation boards in Nevada.


Oscar Goodman  

Oscar Goodman

As Chairman of Las Vegas Host Committee, Oscar B. Goodman is charged with being the No. 1 Ambassador for tourism in Las Vegas. As such, he welcomes visitors to Las Vegas and rallies the local residents behind our leading industry: Tourism.

Prior to serving as Chairman of the Host Committee, Oscar B. Goodman served as the “Happiest Mayor in the Universe” for Las Vegas. In April 2007, he captured 84% of the vote in his reelection to a third four-year term. During his tenure as mayor, he had many accomplishments in the heart of downtown, including Symphony Park, a phenomenal 61-acre planned development which includes the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. The park also includes The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the Discovery Children’s Museum. Also planned for this site are an arena, a boutique hotel, multiple high-rise residential units and mixed use opportunities. At the conclusion of his last term, he did what no other mayor has ever done, swore in his wife Carolyn Goodman to succeed him as the new Mayor of Las Vegas.

Oscar Goodman was born and raised in Philadelphia; he graduated from Haverford College and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the “15 Best Trial Lawyers in America.” In addition to his work as the No. 1 ambassador of Las Vegas, he has taken up acting, playing himself in the movie Casino and most recently starring on an episode of the prime time hit series CSI: Las Vegas. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas, published by Weinstein Publishing in May 2013.


Marc Kaspar  

Marc Kaspar

Born and raised in Texas, Marc Kaspar graduated from high school in 1959 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in September 1959, was discharged in 1962 and immediately began work with the FBI in November of 1962 in radio communications. During employment in San Diego, he graduated from San Diego State University in 1967 with an AB degree. Appointed as Special Agent of the FBI in March 1968 after training school, he began assignments in Portland followed by Gary, Indiana. From there he transferred to Las Vegas in 1977 where he was assigned to the Organized Crime Squad until retirement in 1994.

Deborah Richard  

Deborah Richard

In the early 1970’s, an era of the equal rights movement, and prior to the Federal Bureau of Investigation hiring women as agents, Deborah successfully competed with men and became one of the first female patrol officers and detectives for the Huntington Beach Police Department in California. She simultaneously received a Bachelor of Science Degree in the modern field of Criminology from California State University, Long Beach.

While working as a police officer at HBPD, she gained extensive experience working undercover, and, at the same time, earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.  After receiving her Master’s Degree, she became an associate professor at California State University, Fullerton and taught criminology courses to students and other police officers.

After J. Edgar Hoover’s death, in 1972, the FBI opened its agent positions to females and recruited Deborah into the academy at Quantico, Virginia.  She became the 67th woman agent to be hired by the FBI.  Upon completion of the training, she was the first female Special Agent ever to be assigned to the Las Vegas Field Division.  From 1977 until 1979, she worked capaciously in undercover operations against organized crime factions of the Italian Mafia family, involving Anthony Spilotro and his associates.  Prior to Spilotro’s eventual arrest, Deborah was transferred to the Boston Division of the FBI to work undercover for a period of five years against the New England crime family headed by Raymond L. Patriarca, specifically targeting the Underboss,  Gennaro Angiulo, out of the North End of Boston. During that same time period, she worked and had intimate knowledge of the James ”Whitey” Bulger Irish Mob operations, as well as Whitey’s involvement as an FBI informant against the Italian Mob.  All of which, resulted in the writing of the book and current movie Black Mass.

After the successful prosecution of the Angiulo case, Deborah left the FBI and pursued a career in private business.  In 1994, after being separated for a period of over nine years, she was re-recruited back into the FBI.  At 45 years of age, she became the oldest female to attend the academy.  Subsequently, she was assigned to the Long Beach, California Resident Agency out of Los Angeles and later designated as the case agent to investigate the 2 billion dollar fraudulent take-over of the MGM/UA studios, owned by Kirk Kerkorian.  The fraud was perpetrated by two Italian financiers, one of whom, was connected to an Italian La Cosa Nostra family in Sicily.

In 2005, after the conclusion of the investigation surrounding the MGM fraud, Deborah was once again transferred back to the Las Vegas Field Division, where she worked Foreign Counter Intelligence until retiring.

Jeffrey Silver  

Jeffrey Silver

Jeffrey A. Silver has served as a former Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney in both the Criminal Division and the White Collar Crimes Division. He was the resident Member in charge of the Las Vegas office for the Nevada State Gaming Control Board during the state’s tumultuous period of developing regulatory oversight. His era on the Gaming Control Board was depicted in the movie “Casino.” He also held positions at various resort hotels including, COO and General Counsel for the Landmark Hotel & Casino, President of the Riviera Hotel & Casino, and Senior Vice President of Marketing for Caesars Palace.

Silver has published articles in journals sponsored by many organizations (i.e. IAGA and the American Bar Association) and has spoken at numerous IAGA, ABA, State Bar Associations’ and Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants’ conferences. He has testified before the Nevada Legislature and U.S. Congressional sub-committees on gaming law matters. He is authorized to practice law before all Nevada courts, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. District Court for Nevada and the United States Supreme Court.