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The execution of Louis Lepke Buchalter

June 24th, 2019


Louis “Lepke” Buchalter was a 1930s New York City racketeer. Authorities believed Albert Anastasia appointed him to run his Murder, Inc., enforcement squad. Crime buster Thomas Dewey will set his sights in Lepke as an …

Willem Holleeder Part 2

June 17th, 2019


No Surrender MC Gang

In Part 2, David Amoruso continues the story of Dutch master criminal Willem Holleeder and how he became the leader of a major …

Willem Holleeder Part 1

June 10th, 2019


Freddie Heineken kidnapping demand.

In this story about Willem Holleeder, I interview a Netherlands based crime writer David Amaruso about the John …

Bonus Gary Jenkins in Patrol

June 1st, 2019


A fan asked for stories from the career of Gary Jenkins, your host, so in this bonus episode, I describe the life of a young police officer named …

Gerald Scarpelli and the Wild Bunch

May 27th, 2019


Gerald “Gerry” Scarpelli was a Chicago Outfit hit men who specialized in armored car heists and bank robberies. Early FBI records show him as a member of Al Pilotto’s Chicago Height’s crew, but it is known that he …

Butch Petrocelli and the Wild Bunch

May 20th, 2019


William “Butch” Petrocelli Image by Annoyatorium

Don’t forget to buy me a coffee on Venmo at ganglandwire. This week, Chicago writer and Outfit historian, Camillius “Cam” Robinson and I talk about Butch Petrocelli and …

Outfit Wild Bunch Murder Decade

May 13th, 2019


In Chicago, law enforcement documented 31 Outfit-connected murders between 1980 and 1989. Scott Burnstein and his Gangster Report article was the inspiration for this podcast.  Outfit terrorists named Jerry Scalise, …

Bonus episode The Chicago Tribune and the Outfit

April 27th, 2019


In this special bonus episode, I thank our generous contributors with an extra episode in which our most faithful fan, Chicago resident and mob …

Roy DeMeo

April 22nd, 2019


After a life devoted to crime in his teens and early 20s, Roy Demeo would eventually become a made man of the Gambino crime family Additionally, he …

Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso Part 2

April 15th, 2019


Mob Cops

As Anthony Casso progressed in his mob career, he became more suspicious and violent. One of the many interesting stories about Gaspipe is …

Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso part 1

April 8th, 2019


Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso was born May 21, 1940. Before his career ended with the U. S. Marshal’s office and Witness Security, mob bosses would promote …

Bonus Episode – Kansas City Police kill teenager in Missouri River

April 3rd, 2019


Missouri Valley Room Special Collections

I bet the headline got your attention. This is a story of policing and street life in 1908 Kansas City. A …

Bob Gross Serial Killer Part 2

March 25th, 2019


In part 2 of this story of fear and horror on Kansas City streets. Gary and newspaper reporter Ian Cummings examines how Bob Gross once escaped any …

Bob Gross Serial Killer part 1

March 18th, 2019


Authorities could have predicted that a teenager named Robert “Bob” Gross might end up a suspect in sex crimes. They just did not know how far he …

Frank Costello and the Honest Cabbie

March 11th, 2019


Costello Testify

A few days after D-Day in June of 1944, the Prime Minister of the New York Underworld, Frank Costello took a short cab ride. When he exited the cab, he left behind two envelopes containing $27,200.00 in …

Bonus – The police life of Gary Jenkins

March 9th, 2019


Irish Dean, a fan from Ireland, suggested I do an episode answering fan questions about the police career of Gary Jenkins. In this bonus episode, I …

Bonus Episode Murder in Park Ridge

March 1st, 2019


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Paul the Waiter Ricca

February 25th, 2019


Paul Ricca started his mob career in Italy with a murder. By 1920, he arrived in Cuba where he met a member of the Camorra mafia named Giuseppe …

Chris Spina and Chicago Corruption

February 20th, 2019


As you know, this podcast runs on donations and purchases of my books, movie and the Kansas City Mob Tour app. I have over 200 free episodes out there with interviews of ex-mobsters, cops and federal agents, all mostly …

Jimmy the Weasel Fratianno

February 18th, 2019


In this episode, we taped an interview with Jimmy Fratianno expert George Custer at the MobWorld Summit in our Las Vegas hotel room. We learn that Jimmy the Weasel started as a Cleveland mobster, then passed through the …

Frank Schwiehs Hijacker

February 14th, 2019


In 1954, the Chicago Outfit found it lucrative to hijack trucks filled with cartons of cigarettes. They had dozens of corner stores who did not question the history of a case of Lucky Strikes if the price was right. In …

Women and Undercover Narcotics

February 11th, 2019


In this episode, we interview retired Undercover Detective Reyne Reyes. She worked in the most dangerous job of all the Street Narcotics Units before she arrived to work for your host in the Intelligence Unit and then …

The Great River Hills Caper

January 31st, 2019


River Hills

In keeping with last months subject about a team of cops running surveillance and catching somebody during a caper, this bonus episode …

Hole in the Wall Gang Part 3

January 28th, 2019


Larry “Lurch” Newman

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Hole in the Wall Gang Part 2

January 21st, 2019


I am adding a new method of supporting the podcast. If you have the venmo app, how about donating an average of fifty cents an episode or just hit me up for a buck every time you think of it. In this second …

Hole in the Wall Gang Part 1

January 14th, 2019


I am adding a new method of supporting the podcast. If you have the venmo app, how about donating an average of fifty cents an episode or just hit me up for a buck every time you think of it. Now on with the show. This …

Hole in the Wall Gang Series

January 9th, 2019


Hole in the Wall Gang

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Harry “The Hook” Aleman Part 4

December 24th, 2018


Last Mugshot

In this 4th and final episode chronicling the life and times of feared Chicago outfit enforcer Harry “The Hook” Aleman, Gary and David Byrne of the Facebook page The Chicago Outfit Old and Current news and …

Harry “The Hook” Aleman Part 3

December 17th, 2018


This is the third of a four part series on one of the most feared enforcers in the history if the Chicago Outfit. In this episode the Gary discusses the Billy Logan hit with Chicago Outfit – Old and Current News and …

Harry “The Hook” Aleman Part 2

December 10th, 2018


Harry Aleman will slowly but surely matured into a full fledged member of the Chciago outfit. It was like he was born to fill the purpose of …

Carlo Morelli and Anthony “Big Tuna” Accardo

December 7th, 2018


Carlo Morelli

A continuation from last week for your holiday listening pleasure. In this episode, Carlo Morelli tells a little more about his life …

Carlo Morelli and Mad Sam DeStefano

December 7th, 2018


Carlo Morelli was born in the Italian section of Chicago known as the Patch. While we often tell negative stories about young men who came out of the Patch, this episode and the next episode will tell about a talented …

David Breakspear on Women in the Mafia

December 6th, 2018


National Crime Syndicate blogger, David Breakspear and Gary Jenkins discuss how to make podcasts attractive to female fans. The National Crime …

Boston Organized Crime before Whitey Bulger

November 6th, 2018


From the Boston Marathon bombing to to Whitey Bulger, Emily Sweeney has covered it all as a reporter and blogger for the Boston Globe. In her spare …

Freddy Geas killed Whitey Bulger

November 2nd, 2018


In this podcast, Aaron and I interview our friend who is a former prison guard at the maximum security federal prison at Marion, Illinois. He will talk about the procedures in handling high profile prisoners and special …

The Real French Connection

October 22nd, 2018


Aaron and Gary go into the real story behind the French Connection, a popular film staring Gene Hackman. The French Connection film followed Robin …

Heroin and the Kansas City Mafia Part 2

October 15th, 2018


In this second episode, retired FBI agent Bill Ouseley tells abut how the Kansas City Crime family set up a heroin pipeline from Cuba to Tampa to …

Heroin and the Kansas City Mafia Part 1

October 8th, 2018


Retired FBI agent Bill Ouseley  discusses the history of heroin use and trafficking in the Untied States. During the mid-1800s, Chinese immigrants arriving in California introduced opium smoking to America and soon …

Sam Giancana Part 2

September 24th, 2018


In Part 2, David, Aaron and Gary discuss Sam Momo Giacana and his rise in the ranks and how that leads to his downfall. Momo Giancana would rise to …

Kenji Gallo

September 10th, 2018


Kenny “Kenji” Gallo was born to a well to do Japanese-American family in ritzy suburban Orange County, California. Kenji started his criminal career as a quiet but hyperactive kid who entered into the drug trafficking …

Ron Fino – Mr. Undercover

August 20th, 2018


When Aaron and I were at the MobWorld Summit 2018, we had the opportunity to interview Ron Fino. I met him at the previous Las Vegas Mob Con when we were co-presenters in 2104. Ron Fino was born into a Buffalo mob …

The Death of Dutch Schultz – Bonus Episode

August 16th, 2018


Dutch Schultz thought it would be a good idea to kill New York Special Prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey. He would learn that Lucky Luciano and the …

Black Joe Amato Chicago Outfit

August 13th, 2018


Solly Di Laurentis

When we were at the MobWorld Summit 2018, I reconnected with a friend, Rick Adornetto. Rick is retired law enforcement and he …

Harry Jones Kansas City Mob Reporter

August 6th, 2018


For our media on Monday, the Kansas City Mob is the subject of your interview of a retired Kansas City Star reporter who covered the Kansas City Mob extensively in their 1970s heyday. Harry Jones developed sources deep …

Rob the Mob Part 2 Tommy Uva goes down

July 23rd, 2018


Movie couple
Michael Pitt Nina Arianda
Real Couple
Tommy Uva, Rosemarie DeToma

In the movie, Tommy Uva made the mob guys strip to their underwear and lay on top of each other and act like they were humping the bottom guy. …

Rob the Mob Part 1

July 16th, 2018


Movie couple
Michael Pitt Nina Arianda
Real Couple
Tommy Uva, Rosie DeToma

In this first of a 2-part series, Gary and Aaron reveal it was John Gotti that inspired the Bonnie and Clyde couple made famous for robbing New …

Ed Scarpo on Michael DiLeonardo

July 3rd, 2018


Michael DiLeonardo knew he was destined to be a mob boss from his early teen years. Well known reporter and New York Mob expert has established and maintained a relationship with Michael DiLeonardo, aka Mikey Scars, …

North and Central Chicago

June 25th, 2018


Our guest, author Bob Hartley was raised on the West Side of Chicago. He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Pittsburgh. His first novel, …

Sex Worker Report on the Sex Business

June 18th, 2018


Lucky DeLuxe or Susanna Lee has toured as a comic, taught yoga, performed on Sirius XM’s Raw Dog Channel and given a TedX at  the University of Kansas. She created a web series called Peeping Comics and co-produced and …

Ned Day and the Mob Part 2

June 11th, 2018


In this second of a two part interview with former Las Vegas newsman and current Mob Museum blogger Larry Henry we talk Vegas and the mob and about …

Ned Day and the Mob Part 1

June 4th, 2018


In this first of a two part interview with former Las Vegas newsman and current Mob Museum blogger Larry Henry we talk Vegas and the mob and about …

Andrew DiDonato: A Soldier in the Gambino Crime Family Part 2

May 21st, 2018


In part 2, Andrew DiDonato continues telling about his life of crime. He is still with the Gambino crime family. but he is being threatened and feels …

Andrew DiDonato-A Street Soldier in the Gambino Crime Family Part 1

May 14th, 2018


Andrew and Denny Griffin

Andrew DiDonato was born to live the life of a gangster and came by it from family ties to the Gambino crime family. Like the famous Henry Hill, he wanted to be a gangster from his early boyhood …

Gotti and Prison

May 7th, 2018


Our friend from the federal prison at Marion, former guard David, continues in this episode telling about his experiences with New York City crime boss, John Gotti. We learn that when Gotti arrived at the Reception and …

Martin J. McNally, Prison Stories

April 30th, 2018


If you have not listened to the 7 part interview with the parachuting skyjacker Martin J. McNally, please stop and go back to listen to those episodes. In this episode, David, a retired Marion prison guard, recounts …

Scott Deitche on Garden State Gangland

April 23rd, 2018


We interview noted mob historian and author Scott Deitche about his latest book, Garden State Gangland and the listener learns about the New Jersey crime families. As a bonus, Scott also tells the Wiretappers about …

Jesús Malverde

April 20th, 2018


As you know April 20 has become known as National Marijuana Day. In recognition of that event, Aaron and I have a special guest, former undercover narcotics officer Reyne Reyes. Together, the three of us will discuss …

Jose Miguel Battle – A Cuban American Mob Story Part 2

April 16th, 2018


Jose Miguel Battle

David Shanks spent most of his law enforcement career working on Jose Miguel Battle and his mafia organization known as The …

Jose Miguel Battle – A Cuban American Mob Story Part 1

April 9th, 2018


Jose Miguel Battle

David Shanks spent most of his law enforcement career working on Jose Miguel Battle and his mafia organization known as The …

Nick Civella – A Reporter’s View

April 2nd, 2018


Bill Norton covered the Kansas City mob boss Nick Civella and the crime beat for the Kansas City Star newspaper from his first day as a reporter. In …

Texas Moonlight Murders Part 3

March 26th, 2018


There were no more murders but the investigation got complicated

The Texas Moonlight Murders have grabbed the attention of the entire country. In the May 11th edition of Texarkana Gazette, Sheriff Presley and Chief of …

The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld

March 20th, 2018


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This episode is a teaser for a two part in depth interview of retired Miami-Dade County Sheriff’s Investigator David Shanks …

Texas Moonlight Murders Part 2

March 19th, 2018


The next murder was another double-homicide, occurring exactly three weeks from the Griffin/Moore murders. On Saturday night, April 13, Betty Jo …

Texas Moonlight Murders Part 1

March 12th, 2018


The 1976 film The Town That Dreaded Sundown was released internationally and is loosely based on true crime Texas Moonlight Murders. The movie claimed that the “story you are about to see is true, where it happened and …

Scott Burnstein and the Detroit Mob

March 5th, 2018


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Scott Bernstein was one of my first contacts in the true crime mob world. I found his website and blog Gangster Report and realized this guy was a serious student of organized crime. another thing …

Dean O’Banion and the Outfit

February 26th, 2018


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Dean O’Banion was born on July 8th, 1892 in Maroa Illinois. His father, Charles O’Banion was an Irish Immigrant. Charles was …

Melvin Purvis and the Battle of Little Bohemia

February 19th, 2018


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The famous and controversial F.B.I. agent Melvin Purvis was most famous for his fanatical pursuit of the Midwest bank robbing gangs led by John Dillinger and George “Baby Face” Nelson. We like to …

William Hanhardt – Cop on the Chicago Outfit payroll

February 12th, 2018


William Hanhardt as he leaves the Federal Building. Guv claims he masterminded a jewelry thief ring including the time he served as Chief of …

David Schratwieser – Mob Reporter

February 4th, 2018



As we continue with our Media and the Mob series on the first Monday of each month, this week Aaron and I interview veteran Philadelphia television reporter Dave Schratwieser who has been an investigative reporter …

Frank Calabrese Jr. Part 2

January 29th, 2018


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In part 2, Frank goes into how his father groomed him as a teenager for the Outfit life and his adult life as a soldier in …

Frank Calabrese Jr. Part 1

January 22nd, 2018


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Aaron and I interview Frank Calabrese Jr. and learn the inside story of what it is like to grow up in an Outfit family and then go into the family business. Frank Calabrese Sr. separated his work …

John “Bulldog” Drummond Part 2

January 15th, 2018



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In the second and final episode of famous Chicago television reporter, John Bulldog Drummond, the listener learns about …

John “Bulldog” Drummond Part 1

January 8th, 2018



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In the first a two-part show Aaron and I interview the well known colorful Chicago TV personality and reporter “Bulldog” …

The Railroading of F. B. I. Agent Paul Rico

December 18th, 2017


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May 27, 1981 was a beautiful spring day at the exclusive Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A respected …

The Bank Robber and the School Teacher Part 2

December 11th, 2017


Caroline Giammanco never expected to fall in love with a man convicted of bank robbery known as the Boonie Hat Bandit. In this interview she reveals …

The Bank Robber and the School Teacher Part 1

December 4th, 2017


Boonie Hat Bandit at work

Donald Keith Giammanco was working as a stock broker in suburban St. Louis has 2 daughters and a wife. As in many modern marriages, the couple divorces and Dad has custody of the two girls. It …

Roofie Romeos

November 20th, 2017


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Aaron and I interview Deranged Crime LA blogger Joan Renner.  Desperate sick fuckers use this to get laid. A pill containing the drug rohypnal. street name Roofies, causes the taker or victim  to …

Top Hoodlum program

November 13th, 2017


This week we talk with our friend and regular contributor, retired F.B.I. agent William Ouseley. The topic is the formation of two law enforcement …

Chicago Outfit Hit Car

November 6th, 2017


Chuckie Nicoletti and ‘Milwaukee Phil’ Alderisio

On May 2, 1962, Chicago cops responded to a suspicious party radio call at 1750 SupeStor st. in …

Anthony DeStefano on the Lufthansa heist

October 30th, 2017


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Anthony DeStefano is veteran reporter who covered the Five Families in New York City for over three decades. He recently sat though the trial of New York mob boss Vincent Asaros who was charged …

Philadelphia Strip Clubs

October 23rd, 2017


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This episode Aaron and I interview a fellow true crime podcaster, retired F.B.I. agent Jerri Williams. We talk about a strip club investigation done by the Philadelphia office. Jerri was assigned …

Friday Night Bank Robber

October 16th, 2017


Carl Gugasian would grow up and become the the Friday Night Bank Robber, one of the most prolific of criminals in US history He is known to have rob …

Narcos with Ron Chepesiuk

October 9th, 2017


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This is a repeat of last week, I forgot to attach the audio and then was out of town all week. Sorry for the delay of the audio podcast. The subject of this episode is Narcos, the story of the Cali …

John Dillinger Escape – Episode 2

September 25th, 2017



Crown Point jail

In episode 2, we discuss the frantic flight of John Dillinger and Herbert Youngblood. Lillian Holley and every law enforcement …

John Dillinger Escape – Episode 1

September 18th, 2017


Dillinger escape car

Dillinger with Sheriff Lillian Holley

In this first episode of the exciting story of John Dillinger and his jailbreak the …

Owney Madden and Primo Carnera

September 11th, 2017


We talked in our first episode on the Irish mob about Owney Madden getting into promoting and managing and gambling on professional boxing. Like professional criminal activities, for young Irish and Italian guys, …

Westies Part 2 Jimmy Coonan goes down

September 4th, 2017


Jimmy Coonan brought the Westies into the 20th Century and presided over the most bloody and violent gang in New York City history

James Coonan was a …

Westies Part 1 from Owney Madden to Mickey Spillane

August 28th, 2017


The Irish Mob, thanks to Dean from Ireland in the next two episodes we will examine the Irish Mob or the Westies.

The Hell’s Kitchen area of NYC is from about Central Park on the west side of Midtown Manhattan west of …

Charles Starkweather, Stone Cold Killer

August 21st, 2017


Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate spread fear throughout the high plains of Nebraska in the 1950s. In 1958, starting in their hometown of …

The Kidnapping of Bobby Greenlease Part 2

August 14th, 2017


As word of the kidnapping hit the media, it became a nationwide sensation. Kansas City was already a city famous for crime ever since the Union Station Massacre. The Greenlease ransom of $600,00.00 was the largest ever …

The Kidnapping of Bobby Greenlease Part 1

August 7th, 2017


On September 28, 1953, Bobby Greenlease, the son of Robert C. and Virginia Greenlease, spent his last day on earth. He was in the first grade at …

Harry Reid is Clean Face part 3

July 31st, 2017


Joe Agosto

In this third and final interview, we learn that the mob did not give nicknames to anyone except the people they believed were helping them in their skimming efforts so it is a bit suspicious when the …

Harry Reid is Clean Face Part 2

July 24th, 2017


Nick Civella

In this second part of the Bill Ouseley interview, we learn more about the inner workings of Las Vegas casinos and Las Vegas politicians …

Harry Reid is Clean Face Part 1

July 17th, 2017


Nick Civella

In the first of a three part interview with retired F.B.I. agent William Ouseley, we discuss the lessons learned from the Las Vegas wiretaps that exposed the Kansas City, Chicago, Milwaukee and Cleveland …

The Mob in the Netherlands and Europe Part 2

July 10th, 2017


In this second part, Mafia blogger and expert David Amorouso from Gangsters Inc. tells us more about the influence of the American mob on illegal …

The Mob in Europe Part 1

July 3rd, 2017


Interview with Mob expert David Amoruso. he maintains and writes for the mob blog site We discuss the influence of the American La Cosa Nostra mob in Europe.

Don’t forget to listen to Aaron on the Big Dumb …

Frank Cullotta and Tony Spilotro Part 2

June 26th, 2017


Hole in the Wall Gang after the Bertha’s bust

In Part 2, Frank goes into more depth about his work with the Hole in the Wall Gang. Spilotro obtained …

Frank Cullotta and Tony Spilotro Part 1

June 19th, 2017


In this first of a 2 part interview of Frank Cullotta, we talk to a guy who was a career criminal from his teenage years and rose though the ranks of …

Van Gogh and the Camorra

June 5th, 2017


Octave “Okkie” Durham, the thief behind one of the biggest art heists in history went on various Dutch talk shows to discuss how he stole two Van …

Joe Raimo and the Black Hand Part 2

May 29th, 2017


In the second and final episode Gary and Aaron reveal the subsequent investigation by the Kansas City Police Department.

Officer Joseph Raimo was …

Joe Raimo and the Black Hand Part 1

May 22nd, 2017


Kansas Police Officer Joe Raimo was born September 23, 1879 in Naples Italy. He came to the United States, in 1892, when he was 13 years old.  The …

Lupo The Wolf – A Story of the Black Hand

May 15th, 2017


Petrosino and His Italian Squad

Ignazio “the Wolf” SaiettaIgnazio Lupo, AKA Lupo the Wolf, was a Sicilian-American Black Hand leader in New York City …

Joe Petrosino and The Black Hand

May 8th, 2017


Petrosino Park

Joe Petrosino was the first cop to investigate the Mob in the United States. Steven Taltry has written a thrilling account of Petrosino and his investigation into

Petrosino and His Italian Squad

the Black …

Martin J. McNally – Follow-up

May 1st, 2017


Martin J. McNally told us about his attempted prison break with Garrett Brock Trapnell. In this episode, we learn how Robin Oswald, the daughter of …

Alan Gunnar Lindbloom and the Detroit Mob Part 2

April 17th, 2017


In this second episode, Alan tells more about his book To Be a King and the problems of writing inside a prison. We learn a lot about how to rob a drug dealer. You just get a contact inside a strip club to tip you off …

Gunnar Alan Lindbloom and the Detroit Mob Part 1

April 16th, 2017


Gunnar Alan Lindbloom visits Gangland Wire in this first of a two part series on his life in the Detroit underworld. Gunnar was the 1/2 Sicilian which kept him out the the Brogata or La Cosa Nostra or as the they call …

Pete Rose and the Mob

April 12th, 2017


Pete Rose gambled on his own team and with mob connected bookies, here are a few details.

The Dowd Report is a 252-page report included testimony that Rose bet $2,000 on the Reds in every one of the 52 games over a …

Listener’s Input and Mad Sam Follow-up

April 9th, 2017


Listener responses.

Terry Johnston from Cedar Hill Tennessee asked about the St. Louis crime family. I responded privately but so you guys know, the KC family had little to do with St. louis. They were tied in with …

The Trial of Al Capone Part 2

April 3rd, 2017


This second episode recounts in great detail the interactions between jurors in the famous trial of Al Capone for income tax evasion.


NATE C. BROWN, 64, retired, Protestant, SL Charles.


The Trial of Al Capone Part 1

March 26th, 2017


Al Capone Juror

I found a detailed newspaper  account written by a juror shortly after the October 5, 1931 trail of Al Capone for income tax evasion at the federal courthouse in downtown Chicago.

For several weeks …

Mad Sam DeStefano Chicago Outfit Part 2

March 19th, 2017


“Mad Sam” was truly a crazy sadist.  He liked to muse about feeding his victims to victims to the pigs. He drove to pig farms just to watch them for …

Mad Sam DeStefano Chicago Outfit Part 1

March 13th, 2017


Sam “Mad Sam” DeStefano will become the Chicago Outfit’s most notorious loan shark and sociopathic killer. No less an authority than FBI agent and mob fighter, William F. Roemer, Jr., considered DeStefano to be the …

Ken Eto and the Chicago Outfit

March 5th, 2017


Ken Eto or Tokyo Joe was an unusual dude in the world of the Sicilian Chicago Outfit. The only Japanese American to be in any position of trust with the Chicago Outfit or any other family. He was Japanese-American born …

I-70 Killer

February 13th, 2017


Gary and Aaron discuss a series of murders that touched on their home town, Kansas City, Missouri.

The murders were conclusively linked after a St. Charles detective found all of the murders were committed with the same …

Serial Killers Analzyed Part 2

February 6th, 2017


In this second episode Stephen J. Giannangelo, tells an unusual story about how he made contact with a convicted serial killer who is serving life in prison. After several rebuffs, Stephen finally is able to exchange …

Serial Killers Analyzed Part 1

January 30th, 2017


Stephen J. Giannangelo, as a child, was fascinated by horror film genre, but not in the way most kids love horror films. He was not scared and titillated or shocked. He was drawn to the study of extreme abnormal …

Bob Berdella Serial Killer Part 4

January 23rd, 2017


L-R Aaron, Gary and Troy

In this fourth and final episode of our interview with Troy Cole, we learn about Berdella’s frantic efforts to avoid the …

Bonus Episode Missing Mobsters

January 18th, 2017


Recently, I was a guest on the podcast Unfound. The host of this show researches stories about people who went missing and have never been found. He contacted me to ask about mob guys who went missing and were never …

Bob Berdella Serial Killer – Part 3

January 17th, 2017


In Part 3, Troy Cole relates how his detectives encountered problems trying to identify the young men in the photos found in the home of Bob …

Bonus Episode – Las Vegas

January 12th, 2017


Aaron and I promise this will be the last bonus episode where we ask for money. But, if you are so inclined and want to help us, please navigate to our DONATE page and make a donation.

In this episode, I tell about my …

Bob Berdella Serial Killer – Part 2

January 7th, 2017


In episode 2, Troy Cole tells about the search of this chamber of horrors. The house was in complete disarray, kind of like a teenage kid’s room. …

Mob Update and Pledge Drive

January 7th, 2017


Bonus Episode

Mob Update and Pledge Drive

Yes I know, I hate those public TV and Radio pledge drives but sometimes they are necessary. Copying off those, Aaron and I ask for donations the first few minutes and then we …

Bob Berdella Serial Killer – Part 1

January 7th, 2017


L-R Aaron, Gary and Troy

This is the first of a 4-part series of interviews with retired Kansas City Police Department Sergeant Troy Cole. On April …

Janitor In a Drum – Part 2

December 19th, 2016


Korner Sandwich in 2016

In this last episode of 2016, Retired Chicago P.D. Detective Jim Padar tells how he learned the real story behind why Chicago Outfit associates Samuel Marcello and Joseph Grisafe were killed. He …

Janitor In a Drum – Part 1

December 12th, 2016


In our last episode we told a story about how just before Thanksgiving day in 1973, Chicago Outfit associates Samuel Marcello and Joseph Grisafe …

Most Wanted Wednesday – 12-02-2016

December 7th, 2016


George Orfanos is wanted for the arson of a multi-million dollar Sacremento area mansion. His co-conspirator, Koko Pappadopoulos arrived in …

Chicago Mobster in a Drum

December 6th, 2016


Just before Thanksgiving day in 1973, Chicago Outfit associates Samuel Marcello and Joseph Grisafe  parked in front of a fire hydrant at Taylor & …

Superbike Murders Part 2

November 29th, 2016


Todd Kohlhepp

Kala Brown, 30, and Charlie Carver, 32, who lived together in Anderson, South Carolina went missing on August 31, 2016. The usual …

Superbike Murders – Part 1

November 21st, 2016


Scott Pender, Beverly Guy, Brian Lucas, Chris Sherbert

In Chesnee, South Carolina on November 6, 2003, a customer drives into the the Superbike Motor …

The Murder of John Lazia – Bonus Episode

November 19th, 2016


Brother John Lazia

John “Brother John” Lazia (spelled Lazio on the tombstone) was born in New York in 1895. He dropped out of high school in the …

Los Angeles Mob Story

November 15th, 2016


If you ever saw the film, L.A. Confidential, then you know a little bit about this story. In James Ellroy’s fictional book and film, LA Confidential, two men, known as the “Two Tonys”, Tony Brancato and Anthony Trombino …

Angelo Lonardo – Cleveland Mob – Part 2

November 8th, 2016


In the Cleveland mob war the Danny Greene gang (Danny was backed by mob associate and teamster John Nardi who had been

Danny Greene

mad because he …

Angelo Lonardo – Cleveland Mob – Part 1

November 1st, 2016


Angelo Lonardo

Angelo Lonardo “Big Ange”

In the 1980s, the FBI recorded Cleveland Mob Underboss, Joey Gallo, “Angelo Lonardo is probably one of the …

Happy Halloween – Haunted Crime Scenes

October 28th, 2016


We will discuss two locations of paranormal activity that are connected to the famous Union Station massacre of 1933. They are Union Station itself and 6612 Edgevale, the hideout of the participants.

Frank “Jelly” Nash

Murder Incorporated – Part 3

October 25th, 2016


After the deaths of the Mangano brothers, Costello pushes Anastasia as the new boss of that family. The Commission confirmed Anastasia’s ascension to …

Murder Incorporated – Part 2

October 18th, 2016


To reward Anastasia’s loyalty, Luciano placed him and Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, the nation’s leading labor racketeer, in control of the Syndicate’s …

Murder Incorporated – Part 1

October 12th, 2016


Long before Albert Anastasia  forms Murder Incorporated in 1919, he and his brothers arrived in New York City, working on a freighter. Jumping ship, the brothers stayed in the United States, working as longshoremen on …

Red Wemette and the Chicago Outfit

October 2nd, 2016


William “Red” Wemette was an FBI informant who testified against against the most feared and dangerous Chicago Outfit killers of modern times. I must note that Red was not the usual infomant but more a contract agent. …

Richard Grissom Jr.: Apartments Painted and Girls Murdered – Part Two

September 26th, 2016

The Investigation and Arrest

In Part 2 of this horrifying story, retired detectives, Joe Langer and Tom Robinson tell about the

Theresa Brown

subsequent man hunt for Grissom. After he escaped arrest in the nearby town …

Richard Grissom Jr.: Apartments Painted and Girls Murdered – Part One

September 19th, 2016

The Murders

Joan Butler, Christine Rusch, and Theresa Brown disappeared in June 1989. All three women were in their early 20s and resided in Johnson County, Kansas. All three women knew a man named Richard

Joan Marie …

Murder Prosecutor Part 2

September 12th, 2016


In Part 2, former Jackson County prosecutor Phil Levota recounts horrifying stories of murder and dismemberment. In this case Phil Levota prosecutes a former member of the prison gang, the Aryan Brotherhood, for a …

Murder Prosecutor Part 1

September 6th, 2016


His Name Was Murder

Phil Levota, former Murder Team and Gang prosecutor in the Jackson County Missouri Prosecutor’s office, comes on the show for this and one more episode. In 2016, Mr. Levota published His Name Was …

Martin J. McNally- Part 7

September 1st, 2016

Prison Break

The Department of Justice sentencing guidelines send Mac to the famous maximum security federal prison at Leavenworth, Kansas. Here, he …

Martin J. McNally – Part 6

August 24th, 2016

Arrest and Trial Of McNally

Martin J. McNally in Lineup

Shortly after, Mac arrives back home with a new plan. He is going to skyjack another plane …

Bonus Episode – The Killing of the Two Charlies

August 19th, 2016


In this bonus episode I try my hand at a dramatic reading of the 1950 newspaper articles reporting on the famous Kansas City mob executions of Charles Binnagio and Charles Gargotta.

On April 5, 1950, Binaggio and …

Martin J. McNally – Part 5

August 15th, 2016

The Hunt for the Skyjacker

Skyjacker Martin J. McNally continues telling how he lands safely in a farm field. He determines he is in Indiana by the license plates. After hiding over night, hearing helicopters come and …

Martin J. McNally – Part 4

August 8th, 2016

Skyjacking Interrupted

Actual Parachute

In Part 4, convicted skyjacker Martin J. McNally (“Mac”) relates how a local St. Louis man is drinking at the Lambert Airport Mariott Inn lobby bar. The bar patrons are watching …

Martin J. McNally – Part 3

August 4th, 2016

The Hijacking

Our D. B. Cooper copycat, Martin J. McNally, continues with his fascinating account of a real life skyjacking. He has selected Lambert Field in St. Louis and has arrived at the gate. Mac gets on the plane …

Martin J. McNally – Part 2

July 31st, 2016

The Preparation

In the first episode, Mac told how he heard about the successful skyjacking of D. B. Cooper and started his own skyjacking plan. In …

Al Capone – The Early Days

July 18th, 2016


Al Capone was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. He was a small time criminal and belonged to several different gangs including the …

Martin J. McNally – Part 1

July 14th, 2016


Several months back, Aaron and I posted an episode telling about a 1972 D.B. Cooper copycat skyjacker named Martin J. McNally. In 1972, D. B. Cooper inspired McNally and several others to skyjack  passenger planes and …

F.B.I. Black Bag Jobs part 2

July 9th, 2016


During the time Ed Tickel was installing F.B.I. wiretaps, he led a secret life as a burglar. He was the son of a respected FBI agent and well liked by his coworkers. I found a report about this secret life in a book …

F.B.I. Black Bag Jobs Part 1

July 5th, 2016


This show is about F.B.I. Black Bag operations and the men who do this. Without the skill of the “bag men” the important microphones would not have …

Tropicana Casino Skimming

June 24th, 2016


In this episode, Tropicana Casino Skimming, Aaron and I talk about how KC boss Nick Civella used Joe Agosto to

Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal

infiltrate the Tropicana casino. I use the below actual wiretap audio to help tell …

Milwaukee Mob Story – Part 2

June 21st, 2016


In part 2, Aaron and I talk about the crime that our friend Schlecter, aka Joe Sharpino, did to get himself in witness protection.  A woman named Sally Papia came from Chicago to Milwaukee and opened a nice club called …

Milwaukee Mob Story – Part 1

June 13th, 2016


I met retired F.B.I. Agent Gary Magnesun in Las Vegas- he had been assigned to the Milwaukee Organized Crime Squad and then transferred to Las Vegas. In Milwaukee, he was assigned to the first Organized Crime squad. In …

Illegal Gambling before Las Vegas – Part 2

June 8th, 2016


In his 30 Illegal Years to the Strip Bill Friedman explains how Al Capone, Frank Nitti, Charles Luciano, John Torrio, Moe Dalitz, Meyer Lansky and Joe Adonis and Frank Costello created the modern criminal gambling …

Illegal Gambling before Las Vegas Part 1

May 31st, 2016


In his 30 Illegal Years to the Strip Bill Friedman explains how the early Mob bosses created illegal gambling empires after prohibition. Some of these men went on to help create modern Las Vegas. Al Capone, Frank Nitti, …

Jamaican Drug Posses – Part 3

May 23rd, 2016


In our final episode, Aaron and I talk with Retired KCPD Major David Barton. He was the Captain in charge of the Jamaican Drug Posse Task force in …

Jamaican Drug Posses – Part 2

May 17th, 2016


In this episode retired Sergeant David Starbuck tells us how the Kansas City Jamaican Task Force became known as the Black Hole posse in Jamaica and …

Jamaican Drug Posses – Part 1

May 13th, 2016


Kansas City once was once the home of a powerful Mafia family before it became the stronghold of a Jamaican Drug Posse. The Strawman prosecutions for …

Murder in McHenry – Paul Scharff – Part 3

May 10th, 2016


In Part 3, Paul Scharff tells about his struggle to help clean up the McHenry County Sheriff’s office and elect a new sheriff. Paul runs into …

Murder in McHenry – Paul Scharff – Part 2

May 5th, 2016


In Part 2, our special guest, Paul Scharff tells about his first contact with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Investigator. Paul learns they have never …

Murder in McHenry – Paul Scharff – Part 1

May 1st, 2016


In 1981, 10 year old Paul Scharff was awakened and told the news that his father, Ron Scharff, was killed by unknown persons at his McHenry County …

Craig Glazer – The King of Sting Part 3

April 25th, 2016


Remember the Warren Zevon song, Lawyers Guns and Money? That song may have well been written about this segment of Craig Glazer’s life. In this third …

Craig Glazer – The King of Sting Part 2

April 19th, 2016


In this second episode, the hilarious, profane, thoughtful, and provocative Craig Glazer continues this exciting true story of using police …

Craig Glazer – The King of Sting Part 1

April 19th, 2016


In the early 1970s, Craig Glazer was a first year college student at the University of Arizona. Craig was a naive graduate of a Kansas City suburban …

Frank Sinatra Kidnapping

April 12th, 2016


Francis Wayne “Frank” Sinatra Jr. died on March 16, 2016. When I saw the report of his death, I was thrust back to 1963. I was just out of high …

Chicago Mob Diamond Theft -Segment 2

April 12th, 2016


In the second episode, Aaron and I discuss the mystery of what happened to the Marlborough Diamond. The listener will learn about the subsequent investigation and arrest of The Monk and The Brain in another audacious …

Chicago Mob Diamond Theft – Segment 1

April 6th, 2016


In this new two part series, I tell about Chicago Mob associates Jerome “Jerry” “The Monk” Scalise and Arthur “The Brain” Rachel. These two guys were master criminals of the Chicago Underworld. Some claim that in the …

51st Street Crips – Segment 3

March 31st, 2016


In the third episode of this series, retired KCPD gang investigator, Jim Herrington, tells how a beautiful Street Narcotics Undercover officer worked …

51st Street Crips – Segment 2

March 27th, 2016


In the second episode of this series, retired KCPD gang investigator, Jim Herrington, tells how the 51st St Crips started a war with the Bloods affiliated gang, the Trey Wall. So named because that little Trey Wall gang …

51st Street Crips – Segment 1

March 27th, 2016


The 51st Street Crips is the first of a 3 episode series about a Kansas City street gang. In the 1980s as crack cocaine started devastating African American neighborhoods, I was part of the L.A. Boys Task Force. We …

Drug House Robbers – Omar Little

March 27th, 2016


Like The Wire’s Omar Little, Monte Ray Denmon was a cold hearted dude that robbed drug dealers. He was from the projects. He did have a mother that …

Airplane Hijacking – Episode 2

February 12th, 2016


In the second episode, we tell how Martin Joseph McNally escapes detection after he lands, who finds the money and how law enforcement unravels the case. And, just when you think it is all over for Martin Joseph …

Airplane Hijacking – Episode 1

February 12th, 2016


In this first episode of 2 episodes, Aaron and I will explore airplane hijackers who use a parachute to get away. The most famous hijacker who used a parachute was Dan “D.B.” Cooper. We learned this was the first of a …

Joseph “Joey Doves” Aiuppa – Segment 3

February 4th, 2016


For this third segment on Joey Doves, I have gone back to my Freedom of Information Act documents on his criminal history. Aaron and I discuss raids …

Joseph “Joey Doves” Aiuppa – Segment 2

January 29th, 2016


In this episode, Aaron and I examine exactly how Aiuppa got the nickname, Joey Doves. Most mob fans know he got caught with several hundred dead doves while on a hunting trip in Kansas. We will tell you where in Kansas, …

Joseph “Joey Doves” Aiuppa – Segment 1

January 29th, 2016


I recently did a short written blog piece on Joey Doves. Aaron and I did a two-part episode on Joey Doves on Gangland Wire Crime Stories. In this first segment, we examine Aiuppa’s early criminal career. One unusual …

Nick Civella and the Chicago Outfit Segment 2

January 21st, 2016


In the second segment, Bill Ouseley tells about Chicago mobster,  Charles “Cherry Nose” Gioe and his connection to Nick Civella and the 1950s KC Mob …

Nick Civella and the Chicago Outfit Segment 3

January 21st, 2016


In this third and final segment, we learn about Nick Civella, Carl “Tuffy” DeLuna and their relationship with Joseph “Joey Doves” Aiuppa and the …

Nick Civella and the Chicago Outfit Segment 1

January 21st, 2016


In the first of three episodes, Aaron and I invite retired F.B.I. Agent Bill Ouseley to discuss the connection between the Chicago Outfit and the Kansas City crime family. We will discuss the early days of Nick …

The Mob and the Boosters – Gangland Wire

January 15th, 2016


Shoplifting seems like a crime done by kleptomaniacs, dysfunctional movie stars or teenagers. Well, there is a huge contingent of professional shoplifters working stores somewhere in the world,as you read this blog. In …

Islamic Terrorist Episode 2

December 3rd, 2015


In this episode Aaron and I discuss how the KCPD responded to the Islamic terrorist threat presented during the 1979 Iranian hostage crises. In that incident, fifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage …

Islamic Terrorist Episode 1

December 3rd, 2015


Aaron and I discuss the most recent terrorist act in Paris. As I upload this podcast, I am listening to a news special on another mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA. This attack on the offices of the San Bernardino

The Mob and the Politician Episode 2

November 20th, 2015


In the second episode the listener will hear about how Nick Civella first met Teamster official Roy Lee Williams at a Democratic Committee meeting. …

The Mob and the Politician Episode 1

November 20th, 2015


The first of a two part series on the Kansas City La Cosa Nostra Mob and their relationship with politicians. In this first episode, guest Terence …

School Shootings – Episode 2

October 29th, 2015


In this episode, Aaron and I discuss the police response and what steps can be taken after the perpetrator starts shooting.

The post School …

School Shootings Episode 1

October 29th, 2015


Because of the many school shootings, Aaron and I decided to do a 2 part series on this subject. In this first episode we examine the shooters and …

Mob Hits Episode 2

October 12th, 2015


In this Episode the hits of the 1970s and 1980s are discussed. Learn how David Bonadonna was lured to his last meeting with Willie the Rat Camissano. How Tiger Cardarella and Felix Ferina messed up on hit and later …

Mob Hits episode 1

October 12th, 2015


In the next two episodes Aaron and I discuss Mob hits. We talk about tactics and discuss early hits called “Signboarding” a guy. I use 2 different …

James S. Duardi and the Oklahoma Connection part 2

September 30th, 2015


In this podcast, learn how a mob hit gone wrong can be ignored by a Federal judge because of a disagreement with the Strike Force. The U.S. Strike Force was formed to cut though jurisdictional boundaries and eliminate …

James S. Duardi and the Oklahoma connection

September 30th, 2015


This podcast is the first of a two-part series about Kansas City Mob associate James S. “Jimmy” Duardi.  Jimmy Duardi was a mobster from the old …

Nick Civella and the Teamsters -3

August 20th, 2015


In the third and final episode I tell about the Mob influence over the Teamster’s local in Cleveland, Ohio and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, In Cleveland a …

Nick Civella and the Teamster – 2

August 20th, 2015


In the second episode, you will learn about a WW II veteran named Allen Dorfman who returned from combat. Like Roy Williams, Dorfman was a hero and …

Nick Civella and the Teamsters Union – 1

August 20th, 2015


This is the first episode of a three part episode discussing how the Midwest Mob families obtained influence over the Central States Teamsters …

Union Station Massacre – Episode 2

August 3rd, 2015


In this second episode Terence O’Malley will tell listeners about the day of the actual massacre. He will reveal a little more about the involvement …

Union Station Massacre – Episode 1

August 3rd, 2015


This is the first episode of a three-part series on the Union Station Massacre with my friend Terence O’Malley. If you saw the documentary films, Nelly Don – A Stitch in Time, Blackhand Strawman or Tom and Harry, then …

The Great Ship’s Annunciator Caper

July 14th, 2015


Here is a real change of pace for you. A real whodunit mystery we got to solve. As Joe Friday once said, “My partner and I were working the day watch …

Klu Klux Klan Part 3

July 1st, 2015


These three episodes became very topical just as I recorded them. In a free society, we have to protect the worst of us under the law. Democracy is …

Klu Klux Klan Part 2

July 1st, 2015


The conundrum in a free society, where does free speech pass from protected to censored? In the recent killings by white power advocate, Dylann Roof, …

Klu Klux Klan Part 1

June 25th, 2015


Starting with Episode 8, I am inserting a photo we took of the Klan members we targeted and arrested in this Intelligence Unit investigation. Episode 8 was Dennis Mahon, the Imperial Dragon of all the White Knights of …

Episode 7 The Bowery

June 19th, 2015


We have new opening and closing segments with local music from Odd-O-Matic, a new independent group with an electro-punk beat with hip-hop undertones. Search for them on Facebook and like their page. To purchase their …

Episode 6 Wrap Up

April 8th, 2015


I am researching the next exciting story right now.  In 1990, the Kansas City Police Intelligence Unit conducted an investigation into Kansas City …

Episode 5 Take-down

April 3rd, 2015


This is the exciting conclusion where the informant, Lyle Neal, finally is shown the actual bomb and gets to watch Joe Spero test the bomb remote …

Episode 4 The bomb

April 3rd, 2015


In this episode, I tell about the Civellas working on their Las Vegas skim while Joe Spero makes his first attempt to kill Tuffy DeLuna. This may …

Episode 3 Informants

April 3rd, 2015


In this episode I tell about the development of some informants. For example, one guy had worked for a mob owned used car lot and auto repair garage. He had been able to listen through a thin wall and hear some snippets …

Episode 2 Ambush at the Virginian

April 3rd, 2015


As  KCPD Intelligence and the FBI monitor Civella family soldiers and the Spero brothers, the war heats up. I will tell how law enforcement almost …

Episode 1 Civella versus Spero

April 3rd, 2015


In this exciting podcast, I will describe how the origins of the Civella/Spero war began. The murder of Nick Spero followed by revenge from his …

Gangland Wire – Crime Stories Welcome

April 3rd, 2015



This post marks the first of my podcast series, Gangland Wire -Crime Stories. After this first short explanation episode, the next 5 episodes will chronicle the 1970s gang war between the Nick Civella crime family and …

Crime Beat Radio

November 1st, 2013

I was interviewed on the Crime Beat Radio show last night. Co-hosts R0n Chepesiuk and Willie Hyb have the world’s biggest audience in the true crime genre with over 200,000 listeners. Both are true crime authors in the …

Kansas City Police

October 3rd, 2013

I think back over my life as a young cop and I realize that I was just playing cops and robbers, only with real guns. Actually, I was playing Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger (click here to listen to the famous opening) ,

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