April 27: Mob Stories: True Tales of Organized Crime. The Underground at The Mob Museum
$25 ticket includes reserved seating and one complimentary drink.
Special discounts for Members on reserved seating.
FIRST PUBLIC EVENT IN THE SPEAKEASY
Everybody loves a good story — but a good Mob story is even better. A veteran journalist and an ex-mobster will gather in The Underground at The Mob Museum for an evening in our speakeasy of drinks, laughs and stories that are guaranteed to shed light in the dark corners of organized crime.
Michael Franzese will recall his days as a high-ranking racketeer in the Colombo crime family in New York, and Gus Russo will relate his experiences digging into the JFK assassination and the dark corners of organized crime in Chicago.
The program, hosted by Mob Museum Senior Director of Content Geoff Schumacher, will be informal and conversational, allowing the storytellers to improvise and guests to interact with the panelists.
In 1986, Mafia boss, Michael Franzese, son of an underboss with the Colombo crime family, was named “one of the biggest money earners in the Mob” by Vanity Fair. At the age of 35, Fortune Magazine listed him as No. 18 on its list of the “Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses,” just five behind John Gotti. Tiring of the life and meeting the love of his life, Franzese walked away from the Mob, taking the rap on racketeering charges with a 10-year prison sentence. Since leaving prison, he has become a motivational speaker and author of two books about what he learned while in the Mob.
Gus Russo is a veteran investigative reporter, documentary producer, screenwriter and author of several books. His book, The Outfit: The Role of Chicago’s Underworld in the Shaping of Modern America, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and he collaborated with former New York gangster Henry Hill on Gangsters and Goodfellas, a sequel to Hill’s first biography, Wiseguy, which was the basis for the 1990 movie Goodfellas. His first book was Live By the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK.