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Geraldine McGee Rosenthal: The Real Ginger!



Geraldine (Geri) McGee Rosenthal (May 16, 1936 – November 9, 1982) was the second wife of Las Vegas sports handicapper, Frank Rosenthal. She provided the basis for the character of “Ginger,” portrayed by Sharon Stone in the 1995 movie Casino. Geri and her sister, Barbara, grew up in the Sherman Oaks community of Los AngelesSan Fernando Valley and went to Van Nuys High School with Robert Redford and Don Drysdale.

Geri started going out with Lenny Marmor in high school. Their daughter, Robin L Marmor, was born December 27, 1957, in Los Angeles, and Lenny, who never married her though he was married three times to other women, talked Geri into moving to Las Vegas. Geraldine met Anthony Spilotro while at a convention in Atlantic City. She had an affair with him at that time. Later, after marrying Rosenthal the affair with Spilotro would resume.

When Frank met Geri, she had been hustling in Las Vegas for close to eight years. She owned her own house and was raising her 11-year-old daughter Robin, who was fathered by her high school sweetheart Lenny Marmor. Geri supported her ailing mother, Alice Pollock McGee, and her sister, Barbara Stokich (b. Feb 6 1934, d. May 7, 2000), who had been abandoned with two young sons after her husband left. In 1954, Geri’s aunt (her father’s sister) received a large inheritance.

Geri’s aunt offered to send Geri to Woodbury Business School, as she had Geri’s sister Barbara, but Geri wanted to go to UCLA or USC. Instead she got a job at Thirty Drugs, then as a teller for Bank of America. Lenny would visit Geri and their daughter, usually for two or three days, often with the intention to borrow money for a “surefire” business deal. Occasionally, her father, Roy McGee, a California auto mechanic long separated from her mother, would visit. Besides Marmor and Rosenthal, Geri was also seeing John Hicks. Johnny Hicks was about 10 years younger than Geri. She adored Hicks and some believed he would have married her, except he had very rich parents who objected to the relationship.

The Hicks owned the Algiers Hotel and the Thunderbird Casino and didn’t want the couple to wed. Johnny Hicks had a $1,000-a-month trust fund and would have had it taken away if he married Geri. Johnny liked to act as a tough guy and hung around Downtown Las Vegas with a crew that used to beat up prostitutes.


Frank and Geri were married on May 1, 1969. They had two children, Steven and Stephanie. Their divorce was final January 16, 1981. Geraldine Rosenthal died from a drug overdose Nov. 9, 1982, and was buried at Mount Sinai Cemetery in Los Angeles. Frank Rosenthal spent $50,000 to have a private autopsy conducted.

Don Deadric Robey: The Real Big Red!

robey_62190220_stdDon Deadric Robey (November 1, 1903 – June 16, 1975) was an American record label executive, songwriter and record producer, who used criminal means as part of his business model. As the founder of Peacock Records and the eventual owner of Duke Records, he was responsible for developing the careers of many rhythm and blues artists in the 1950s and 1960s.

He has been credited with writing or co-writing many of the songs recorded by Duke/Peacock artists, either under his real name, or under the pseudonym of Deadric Malone. However in many cases, he was merely a publisher and was not involved in the writing. Many other label owners paid little for songs and controlled the publishing, but Robey was one of the few to disguise the real writers, making it nearly impossible to assess who wrote what on Duke, Peacock, Backbeat and his other labels

Born in Houston, Texas, Robey’s entrepreneurial spirit developed while growing up around Houston’s black business community, where he began as a professional gambler, then a taxicab business manager. He managed a nightclub in Los Angeles, California before returning to Houston, where he opened the Bronze Peacock Dinner Club in 1945. Soon he began to promote dances. The Peacock was soon featuring stars such as Ruth Brown, Louis Jordan, Lionel Hampton, and T-Bone Walker.

In 1947 he became manager for blues singer Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and two years later started Peacock Records, with Brown as his first artist. He found success both with Brown and with other R&B artists, the biggest success coming with Big Mama Thornton‘s #1 hitHound Dog“. The label also recorded Little Richard at the start of his career.

In 1952, Robey merged his Peacock label with Duke Records of Memphis, and Duke-Peacock was born. Robey took over full ownership of the label the following year. Initially the company’s biggest star was Johnny Ace, but after Ace’s death the gap was filled by other artistes including Junior Parker, Bobby Bland, and Johnny Otis. He is credited with co-writing “Farther Up the Road” with Joe Medwich Veasey, which was initially a hit for Bobby “Blue” Bland in 1957, and later became a live staple for Eric Clapton.

Besides blues and R&B, Robey’s label was responsible for issuing gospel music, with successful artistes such as the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, and the Swan Silvertones. Robey also started Back Beat, an R&B label that had hits with O. V. Wright and Roy Head. He sold his labels to ABC Dunhill Records in 1973.

Robey died of a heart attack in June 1975

According to Jerry Leiber of the songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, Robey was a gangster who managed his various entertainment enterprises using violence, the threat of violence, and murder.

The character “BIG RED” from the movie the five heart beats was loosely based on Mr. Don Deadric!



Elvis Presley:January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977

elvis-presley1977, Elvis Presley was found dead lying on the floor in his bathroom by his girlfriend Ginger Alden, he had been seated on the toilet reading ‘The Scientific Search For Jesus’. He died of heart failure at the age of 42. His first record for RCA, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, was also his first US No.1. He starred in 31 films. Elvis holds the record for the most entries on the US Hot 100 chart with 154. Elvis became the first rock ‘n’ roll artist to be honoured by the US Postal Service with a stamp.

The Gambino Family: Generations Of Criminals


Gambino Crime Family


  • Boss: Domenico “Italian Dom/Greaseball/Dom from 18th Avenue” Cefalu
  • Underboss: Arnold “Zeke” Squitieri (Jailed)
  • Consigliere: Bartolomeo “Bobby/Bobby Glasses” Vernace (Jailed, Under Indictment)
  • New Jersey Faction Boss: Alphonse “Funzi” Sisca
  • Estimated Membership: About 260 Made Members.
  • Operates out of:

    • Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Long Island
    • Crews within the family:
      • Ozone Park Boys
        • Mainly in Queens and Long Island
      • DeMeo Crew
        • Mainly in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan
        • Activities:
          • Narcotics trafficking, loan-sharking, gambling, extortion, car theft, union corruption, construction, internet fraud


Julianna Farrait: Mrs. Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas, his wife Julianna, and daughter Francine. In the 2007 movie American Gangster, we were made to believe his wife had nothing to do with the business. Actually, she served 5 years in prison after being arrested in 1975, for her role in Lucas’ heroin operation and arrested May 19, 2010 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after she allegedly sold 2 kilos of cocaine to an informant and stating she had additional 8 kilos to be unloaded.

Frank Lucas: The Real American Gangster.



Frank Lucas’ home was located at 933 Sheffield Road in Teaneck, New Jersey. This modest home looks nothing like the huge mansion that appeared in the 2007 film American Gangster. Hollywood takes

liberty with the truth as usual.













John Dillinger: Happy 110th Birthday!


Sam Barbara & Bobby:You, Me, and She

sam and barbaraHere’s more about what Sam’s brothers did to Bobby after he married Barbara Cooke:

Bobby Womack admits in his autobiography “Midnight Mover,” that Sam Cooke’s family had a real problem with him marrying Sam’s widow (Barbara).  Especially, Sam’s brother, Charlie.  He told Womack, shortly after the marriage, “Man, anybody else could have married Sam’s wife, but you.  Sam loved you, man.” If you ever come to Chicago…The threat was left hanging in the air but I knew what it meant.

I figured if Charlie was going to do something, I wanted to get it over and done with. Barbara and I flew to Chicago.  We checked into the ‘Roberts Motel,’ and I called Charlie.  I told him, ‘I’m here.  We’re in 2112.’ In the motel room, Barbara busied herself loading bullets into a pistol.  Barbara had a mean streak in her.

Charlie showed up with his two brothers David and L.C.  I opened the door and Charlie punched me.  He beat me so bad-my whole head swelled up like a melon. My teeth came through my lip.  He beat me unconscious.  He even broke my jaw.  Barbara came out of the bathroom screaming.

She made a grab for the gun, she pointed it and pulled the trigger.  It just clicked (I had removed the bullets while she was in the bathroom, before our guests arrived).  Charlie and his brothers left.  The cops were called, when they arrived and saw my condition, they said Charlie would do time.  They arrested him later that evening but I declined to press charges.  He was released and Barbara and I went on with our lives.

James Gandolfini: RIP


It would be their last dinner together. The next afternoon, Gandolfini’s son, Michael, called for help after discovering his father collapsed in a bathroom, according to the manager of the Italian hotel where the “The Sopranos” star was staying. The Emmy-winning actor was later pronounced dead Wednesday at age 51.


Gandolfini, who rose to fame as mob boss Tony Soprano on the hit HBO show, was still alive when the ambulance arrived, according to Antonio D’amore, who runs the Hotel Boscolo in Rome.


Gandolfini suffered a suspected heart attack in the bathroom of his hotel room at about 10 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET) Wednesday, according to D’amore.

Our prayers and condolences go to Mr Gandolfini’s family and firends,” Kobold said, referring to himself as a family spokesman.  “We ask you all to respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.”

Kobold said Gandolfini died of “an apparent heart attack.”

Claudio Modini, head of the hospital’s emergency room said that Gandolfini was admitted at 10:40 p.m. (4:40 p.m. ET) and doctors tried to resuscitate him. But he was declared dead at 11 p.m. (5 p.m. ET), 20 minutes after being admitted. He said an autopsy would be performed Friday, as required by local law.


He said Gandolfini’s son was with him in the room and called for help. Hotel staff rushed to the room and found the actor on the bathroom floor, D’amore said.


Workers tried to resuscitate him and he was  taken to the nearby Policlinico Umberto I hospital. Michael Kobold, who lived with Gandolfini years ago and considered him a “big brother,” spoke to reporters Thursday outside the hotel and confirmed that hotel workers called an ambulance and first aid was administered on Gandolfini before he was transported to the hospital.

Gandolfini and his family were visiting Rome prior to his scheduled appearance on Saturday as guest of honor at the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily. The actor was going to participate in a roundtable with Italian director Gabriele Muccino. Now, the festival organizers said they will pay him tribute instead.

Casper Holstein: Original Gangster

Casper Holstein outside Washington Heights Court.


Casper Holstein was a prominent New York philanthropist and mobster involved in the Harlem “numbers rackets” during Prohibition. He, along with several other rivals, most notably Stephanie St. Clair, were responsible for resurrecting illegal gambling in Harlem after several years of inactivity following the conviction of Peter H. Matthews in 1915.

The product of a biracial union, Holstein was born in St. Croix, Danish West Indies. In 1894, he moved with his mother to New York. Holstein spent most of his teenage years attending high school in Brooklyn. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy shortly before the Spanish American War. After the war, he held several odd jobs among being positions as a porter and a doorman in Manhattan.  Eventually he worked his way up to become head messenger for a Wall Street brokerage firm.

While working on Wall Street Holstein became familiar with the stock market.  He also began studying the numbers system, an illegal lottery often played by impoverished New York City residents.  Holstein eventually developed his own lottery called Bolito and by 1920, he became known in the New York underworld as the “Bolito King.” By the mid-1920s Holstein reputedly earned more than $2 million from his lotteries.

With this wealth he lived lavishly, owning two Harlem apartment buildings, a Long Island home, a fleet of expensive cars and several thousand acres of Virginia farmland.
Holstein established a Harlem tradition of using some of his illicit earnings to support worthy causes and thus win “goodwill” within the African American community.  He donated some of his earnings to humanitarian enterprises.  He

financed dormitories at Southern black colleges and supplemented the income of a number of Harlem Renaissance artists and supported impoverished Harlem children.  His lottery profits also helped establish a Baptist school in Liberia, create a museum in New York and provided hurricane relief for his native homeland, the Virgin Islands.

By the end of the 1920s, Holstein had become the most significant of Harlem’s numerous powerbrokers. He controlled a massive numbers-running operation, as well as nightclubs and several other legitimate business enterprises. His income was rumored to be as high as $12,000 a day at his peak.  He was, according to the New York Times, “Harlem’s favorite hero, because of his wealth, his sporting proclivities and his philanthropies among the people of his race.”

In 1928, Holstein was taken hostage by five white men who demanded a ransom of $50,000. Three days later he was released. After his release he insisted that no ransom was paid.  No one was arrested and the incident was never explained. However, rumors abounded Holstein’s abduction was orchestrated by New York mobster Dutch Schultz who eventually took control of Harlem gambling scene.

After serving a year in prison for illegal gambling, Holstein “retired” from the numbers racket and spent the remainder of his life supporting various charities.  Casper Holstein died in Harlem on April 5, 1944.

Parnell Steven ” Stacks Edwards”: Black Mafia Hitman


Parnell Steven “Stacks Edwards” was played by Samuel Jackson in the 1990 film GoodFellas.


Parnell Steven “Stacks” Edwards (January 15, 1947 South Bronx – December 18, 1978 Morningside Heights, Manhattan) was an African-American musician and criminal who became associated with the infamous Jimmy Burke and the Vario crew in 1967. Edwards was portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in the film Goodfellas.

Edwards was born in the South Bronx, to parents from North Carolina and Northern Virginia. He was said to have been chubby at 5’8″, 285 pounds, but became muscular from his visits to prison. He claimed to have been a bodyguard to Muhammad Ali.

He met mobster Tommy DeSimone as a struggling blues-rock musician, singer and songwriter on Queens Boulevard sometime during 1967, earning money as a street performer. At the time DeSimone was selling stolen Rolex watches. DeSimone began to think of Edwards as a “brother” and the two became close friends.


Around this time, DeSimone adopted the same integrationist stance later adopted by Colombo crime family mobster Joe Gallo and Gallo associates, believing that Italian organized crime should work with black organized crime to increase power and profits.Edwards and DeSimone became involved in credit card fraud and carjacking with Henry Hill. Edwards later moved to East Harlem after becoming an associate of the Vario Crew. Edwards was a heavy drug user, smoking marijuana before moving on to heroin and cocaine.


As a child growing up he was a fan of jazz, jump blues and gospel. Growing up, his interest in music increased and he learned to play the acoustic guitar. As Edwards got older his tastes turned to Fats Domino, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Frankie Ford, Irma Thomas, The Neville Brothers and Dr. John.


When rhythm and blues became outdated he listened to Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and James Brown and started performing blues-rock. Edwards worked the nightclub circuit and was hired on occasion by Burke for performances at Robert’s Lounge from 1967 to 1978, and by Hill at his night club The Suite as a regular performer from 1967 to 1972.

Edwards formed a band called Grand Central Station in the early 1970s. He relied increasingly on organized crime rackets as a means of making money following his introduction to the Vario Crew by DeSimone.


Edwards earned a reputation within the Vario Crew as being an “under the limit” master in credit card fraud. He would go to a shopping center with a panel truck and purchase merchandise from the stores until he ran out of room on the truck. He would make $45 purchases on a card with a $50-expenditure limit every afternoon.


His rampant shopping sprees would consist of blenders, transistor radios, cigarettes, razor blades and within two hours of steady shopping, call it quits. He had a girl from South Ozone Park, Queens who worked for MasterCharge, delivering cards.


She would bring Edwards official office memos keeping him informed about security checkups and credit checks. Among his contacts Edwards included a female associate who worked at a local bank. She would give him duplicates of the cards and inform him of the amount of credit that was attached.


Before a card was put in an envelope for delivery to the cardholder, Edwards would have a duplicate. If a card had a $500 credit line he would go into stores where he and members of the Vario Crew were known, or visit places like The Suite, The Bamboo Lounge and Robert’s Lounge where he would punch out credit card slips.


The associates he knew in the stores would call the bank and get authorization for whatever merchandise he wanted. The cardholder waiting for his card would never receive it and Edwards usually had enough time to make purchases on the certain card for about a month before it would be reported stolen.

In 1978, Hill, working from a tipoff from bookmaker Martin Krugman, told Jimmy Burke of vast sums of cash being held overnight in a safe at the Lufthansa terminal at JFK airport in New York. Burke analyzed the possibilities and concluded that six men and two panel trucks would be needed to successfully steal the cash. This was the first stage of the heist.


Burke assembled a crew consisting of his son Frank James Burke, Edwards, Joe Manri, Robert McMahon, Louis Cafora, Tommy DeSimone, Paolo LiCastri and Angelo Sepe. During the robbery, Edwards slugged Lufthansa employee Kerry Whalen. His job was to take the panel truck used in the heist and drive it to a junkyard in New Jersey, where mafia contacts would compact it and the evidence would be destroyed.


Edwards’s ambition was to be a successful blues singer and he was a regular performer at Robert’s Lounge, in South Ozone Park, Queens. He was involved with various low level criminal enterprises with the Lucchese Family associates, paid in stolen goods. He would take the stolen goods and sell them to independent stores in Harlem and Jackson Heights or at flea markets in the area.


Shortly after the robbery, Edwards went into hiding in a South Ozone Park, Queens tenement after learning that the police identified him through fingerprints left in the getaway car. DeSimone and Sepe paid him a visit one early morning. After Edwards allowed DeSimone and Sepe to enter, DeSimone killed Edwards with a .32 silencer-equipped pistol. Even though DeSimone considered Parnell Edwards a friend, he understood that due to Parnell Edwards’ drug addiction, he could easily become an informant against the robbers.


Edwards’ girlfriend Shelly found his body after coming home from shopping. The next day a distraught DeSimone called Edwards’s mother, with whom DeSimone was acquainted, and said, “I’m so sorry, mom, about what happened to Stacks.”

Hill visited with Edwards’s distraught family briefly before Christmas 1978; DeSimone never attended the funeral


The heist worked out better than Burke could have imagined, but Edwards neglected his duty and used heroin, visited his girlfriend Shelly, and fell asleep at her house. The police found the panel truck, parked in a no parking zone, with a muddy boot print matching a pair of shoes owned by Edwards


Frank Alexander: Suicidal…..


Rumors are circulating that Alexander killed himself, It was an accident, then there’s people saying that it was an professional hit. His closet friends and ex employee’s have said that he always threatened to kill himself. He was depressed & had martial problems.  The fact that he did steroids may have affected his mood swings and depression.  Plus he always felt guilty Pac got killed on his watch. We don’t know the answer yet…..



Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., director of segregated bus boycott, with 7080 sign across his chest for police mug shot, sitting on chair against wall in station house after his arrest for directing city-wide boycott of segregated buses.MUGSHOT


The Assassin view of room 306 of The Lorraine Motel Memphis, Tennessee, through a riffle scope.lorraine hotel


Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Curtis.the rat pack

Jennifer Lopez: ” Cocaine Godmother

What happened to Jennifer Lopez playing Cocaine Kingpin Griselda in a movie about her life? While Griselda Blanco‘s escapades were hardly a secret — she was known as Colombia’s ‘Cocaine Godmother,’ after all — the 69-year-old’s significant presence in the drug industry has been thrust into the international spotlight last year  following her assassination outside a butcher shop in Medellin. Jennifer Lopez is chasing that [role] like crazy, “It’s the role — if I could play Griselda, I wouldblanco

MUHAMMAD ALI: Say my name….

Muhammad Ali attacks Ernie Terrell with a left hook during the WBA World Heavyweight Title fight at the Astrodome Houston, Texas 2/6/1967.  “Say My Name” is what Muhammad Ali would say as he is beating Ernie Terrell because he was calling him Cassius Clay.4025

The Shadow of a Hitman; Wendy Mazaro


As a child, Wendy Watson relished the small frontier town of Las Vegas, where she and a friend rode their horses to Caesars Palace and tied them up out front while they ate lunch. But as a teenager in the 1970s, Wendy’s troubled home life and rebellious spirit led her to the legendary Horseshoe Club on Fremont Street, where she hooked up with Ted Binion, youngest son of notorious gambling figure Benny Binion. Her affair with the casino scion soon devolved into Ted forcing the underage beauty to sleep with high-rolling gamblers.

Seeking an escape from Binion, Wendy hooked up with Tom Hanley, a man thirty-nine years older than her who nonetheless drew her affections and ultimately married her.

But Hanley was no kindly old air-conditioning repairman. Along with his sadistic son, Gramby, Tom was a mob hitman. Wendy became a terrified and silent witness to his numerous crimes. Authorities say Hanley may have been responsible for more than twenty murders over three decades. He told Wendy he was involved in the murders of John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa. His underworld career culminated with the 1977 murder of powerful Culinary Union boss Al Bramlet.

Bramlet actually had hired the Hanleys to bomb local restaurants that refused to cooperate with the Culinary Union. But later the Hanleys were hired to murder Bramlet, whose body was found buried in the desert outside Las Vegas.

The Bramlet murder proved to be the Hanleys’ undoing. After a nationwide manhunt, the father-son duo was arrested in Phoenix. Seeking evidence, police tricked Wendy into leading them to a stash of jewelry taken from Bramlet after he was killed. Tom Hanley died after serving one year in prison, while Gramby lingered behind bars for two decades.

Meanwhile, Wendy Hanley set about reinventing her life, marrying a man who had played a role in Tom’s conviction. She got involved in Nevada politics and business. Her life had finally settled down, or so it seemed until 2009, when she witnessed questionable activities by Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons, who was secretly dating Wendy’s roommate. Wendy later was deposed in the governor’s divorce case, which was hastily settled before she could reveal what she knew.

In addition to tracing Wendy Hanley’s harrowing life story, Vegas Rag Doll paints a vivid portrait of the final years of organized crime in Las Vegas, before the corporations took control. In a fascinating era when legitimate facades disguised dark secrets, Wendy Hanley had a front-row seat — and a knack for survival.

Vegas Rag Doll: A True Story of Terror and Survival as the Wife of a Mob Hitman

vegas rag dollby Joe Schoenmann & Wendy Mazaros

As a child, Wendy relished living in the small frontier town of Las Vegas. But as a teenager in the 1970s, Wendy’s troubled home life and rebellious spirit led her to the legendary Horseshoe Club on Fremont Street, where she hooked up with Ted Binion, youngest son of notorious gambling figure Benny Binion. Her affair with Benny soon devolved into dalliances with high-rolling gamblers and suitcase deliveries of cash to Midwest mobsters.

Binion then passed off Wendy like a trophy to Tom Hanley, a man thirty-nine years older who nonetheless drew her affections and ultimately married her. In partnership with his sadistic son, Gramby, Tom was a mob hitman. Wendy became a terrified and silent witness to his numerous crimes. Authorities say Hanley may have been responsible for more than twenty murders over three decades.

Vegas Rag Doll paints a compelling portrait of the final years of organized crime in Las Vegas. In a fascinating era when legitimate facades disguised dark secrets, Wendy had a front-row seat — and a knack for survival

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