Press Release


Author Talk about Drug Kingpin Frank “Black Caesar” Matthews to Begin at 1 p.m.; Book Signing to Follow

LAS VEGAS (January 2016) – On Saturday, February 6, at 1 p.m., Ron Chepesiuk will present an Author Talk at The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. As part of Black History Month, author Chepesiuk will discuss details about the life of the first African-American drug kingpin, Frank “Black Caesar” Matthews.

The unsolved mystery of Matthews begins with his rise as America’s top cocaine and heroin trafficker. It ends with his disappearance in 1974 alongside his beautiful, teen-aged mistress and a reported $20 million in cash.

Matthews’ quick climb to drug boss required establishing direct ties to the “French Connection” heroin pipeline as well as the defiance of the Mob and the Corsican Mafia. His criminal organization imported heroin and cocaine from Venezuela and distributed it in 21 states. In 1973, Matthews was arrested in Las Vegas, but by 1974 the then 30 year old escaped without a trace.

This Author Talk is free with Museum admission and free for Museum Members. Chepesiuk will sign copies of his book, “Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin,” which will be available for sale. For more information, go to or call (702) 229-­2734.


The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. The Museum presents unbelievable stories about the Mob, its impact on Las Vegas history and unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in an eye-opening style via interactive exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and nearly 1,000 authentic artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and law enforcement memorabilia under one roof. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of the “Best Places to Travel in 2015” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “9 Reasons to Visit Las Vegas” by CNNgo, a finalist for the “Best Wider World Project Award,” by the British Guild of Travel Writers and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $23.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit Connect on Facebook at or Twitter @TheMobMuseum.