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Separating fact from fiction in ‘Casino’

January 30, 2018

Ace Rothstein (Robert De Niro) is surrounded by the press at a Nevada Gaming Commission meeting portrayed in Casino. Rothstein’s lawyer, Oscar Goodman (played by Goodman himself), stands by his side. Photo courtesy of Oscar Goodman.   Though the movie Casino was released more than 22 years ago, it still serves as a reference point for those hoping to understand what real Las Vegas mobsters were like when they were a sinister fixture in the news. But most movies based on true stories, including Casino, twist the facts for dramatic effect and to compress long histories into a watchable timeframe. What you see in ...

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A Midwestern Mob Murder Mystery

Amid heavy snowfall during the winter of 1963, FBI agents and sheriff’s deputies in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, worked together to…

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“Breaking Bad” still resonates on 10th anniversary of its debut

Ten years ago today, Breaking Bad debuted on the AMC network. Few could have predicted at the time that the…

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Boosting the boss

Feeling disrespected and unappreciated, a rogue Chicago Outfit burglary crew robbed the suburban mansion of longtime crime boss Tony “Big…

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The dark side of global soccer

What started in 2013 with one-time top American soccer official Charles Blazer agreeing to cooperate with federal prosecutors in New…

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Forty years ago, Jimmy “The Weasel” Fratianno turned on his Mob family

Some mobsters left their legacy by the gun, some by the knife, but Jimmy “the Weasel” Fratianno is best known…

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Rose Marie: At home with ‘Uncle Al’

Even hardened gangsters have a soft spot for adorable little girls. Rose Marie found that to be true with the…

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Rose Marie, who performed at the Flamingo opening in 1946, remembers it well

Written: November 3, 2017  —  Scroll to the bottom for a story update Rose Marie’s trademark raspy voice has more…

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