April 21, 2016   Thursday

Yesterday, I appeared on Gary Jenkins' Gangland Wire podcast from Kansas City, Missouri. He pre-recorded two 1/2-hour podcasts for broadcast two or three weeks from now. Gary is a former long-time Kansas City Police Department Intelligence Unit detective. Years ago, Gary's Intel Unit joined forces with the FBI to fight organized-crime infiltration in Kansas City's River Quay entertainment district. An unexpected result of this investigation led to the conviction of Mafia leaders in Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee and KC. This takedown of  Mafia bosses, who had hidden interests in Las Vegas Strip gambling resorts, was fictionalized in the movie "Casino" (1995). You can learn more about this true-crime investigation in

Gary and I discussed "30 Illegal Years To The Strip", and the career and the extensive gambling interests of New York City Mafia Boss of Bosses Frank Costello. He had illegal slot routes with thousands of machines in retail shops, elegant illegal casino-nightclub-restaurants, the Tropicana gambling resort on the Las Vegas Strip which still exists, and the country's largest illegal bookmaking operation. We also talked about my earlier history, "All Against The Law", which covers the Kansas City Mafia's five earliest gang leaders' tremendous power in both local and state politics.

This evening, I did a one-hour live interview with California Haunts Radio. Host Charlotte Kosa's  broadcasts are based in Sacramento. Her company investigates paranormal activity. It is not surprising that of the 2,500 authors who follow my weekday true-crime and authentic organized-crime Tweets, the largest group of authors who follow me also write about my two subjects. However, it is interesting that after them, my main followers are authors of novels in several genres. These include paranormal writers, along with authors of history, science fiction, Zombies, romance, and Christian.

Of course, we discussed the gangland backgrounds of the pioneers who built the Las Vegas Strip gambling resorts, which is presented in "30 Illegal Years To The Strip". Since Charlotte is a social gambler, she understands the basic interests of players, so she asked very relevant questions about the experiences of gamblers and the interior settings they seek. It was a very challenging interview for me, because she has a good innate sense for the many issues she asked about.