Gangsters on the Water: The Rise and Fall of California’s Floating Casinos
From the late 1920s through the late 1940s, gambling racketeers operated a series of floating casinos three miles off the Southern California coast – just outside the state’s jurisdiction. Crime historian J. Michael Niotta, the great-grandson of Los Angeles Mafia boss Jack Dragna, will discuss the men who ushered in the floating casino era and how some of them found their way to Las Vegas.
A book signing of It’s A Pleasure: The Men Who Ushered in the Era of the Floating Casinos will follow this program.
Dr. J. Michael Niotta
As the great grandson of Los Angeles mafia boss Jack Dragna (“Perhaps the only classic ‘godfather’ that the city has ever known,” Los Angeles Times) and a blood relative of Placido Rizzotto (a trade union labor leader kidnapped and murdered in Corleone for opposing the mafia), organized crime has long been a field of study for Italian-American writer, Dr. J. Michael Niotta. The author of four nonfiction titles has appeared on Disney +, NatGeo, and the Travel Channel and lectured at the Las Vegas Mob Museum and Adventurers Club of Los Angeles.