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Dennis Griffin, true crime author who chronicled the Mob in Las Vegas and elsewhere, dies

June 21, 2021

If there was a hall of fame for true crime authors, Dennis Griffin would be in it. He was a talented and prolific contributor to the genre, especially in the subgenre devoted to Mob history. Griffin died of lung cancer Monday, June 21, 2021, in Verona, New York. He was 75 years old. Dennis co-authored four books with the late criminal-turned-government witness Frank Cullotta. Griffin also co-wrote four books with Frank Cullotta, the Chicago mobster who ran a notorious burglary racket, dubbed the Hole in the Wall Gang, in Las Vegas in the late 1970s and early ’80s. After the Hole in ...

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Wife of drug kingpin El Chapo pleads guilty to drug trafficking

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Eighty-five years ago this week, Lucky Luciano convicted of pandering

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Historians of the underworld

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Former New York Mafioso shines light on syndicate ‘treachery’

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The 10-week-long Commission trial played to full courtrooms

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The Commission trial lifted the lid on the New York Mafia

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The afternoon that Joe Masseria dined on bullets

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