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A Story of a Casino Near Lake Geneva
So in Wisconsin we are in the fear-mongering phase and must wear a mask outside and even if the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is open you need an appointment and must have a mask. My understanding is that the casinos in Illinois have the same rules and may even have stronger ones.
We know men like to gamble and some love love love to gamble, so I was not shocked to hear that a group of enterprising men, have set up shop outside Lake Geneva. It is a casino with just a few tables, and my understanding is that there is a craps table, a few Blackjack tables and a Poker room. They have typical bar food like pizza and snacks. This casino runs mostly at night after 10:00 PM to about dawn and is located on the Wisconsin side of the border in what was once a bar. It has now reopened but is designed that if you did not know it was open it would look like a dump.
Interesting that Lake Geneva once (and still) the playground of the rich of Chicago is only about 70-80 MI away a fast 90 min drive. Old memories die hard.
It makes a lot of sense that men who want to gamble do not want to be treated like kids, so I would be more shocked if this was the only one. Not only in Wisconsin but around Chicago, where do all the men go that would spend time/money in the casinos? Some will wear the masks however most will not. I will not.
Will I go? Maybe, if it exists, and I think it does. I do not have the contacts to get in so it is not on the top of the list of things to do.
I will say this, if you win, the casino operators will make damn sure you get home safe and if you need money they will lend it to you (you may not like the terms) .
The Outfit in Lake Geneva, WI and Lake County, IL – a Documentary
For a while I had wanted to do something of the Chicago Outfit in Lake Geneva, WI, not only to see what Al Capone may have owned but other outfit members as well.
My understanding is that Capone had a home in the area as well as storage for bootlegging coming in from Wisconsin (a story in itself) and others may have had homes in the 20’s in and around Lake Geneva, a place for them to get away from everything, and maybe to have meetings far far away from prying eyes.
After Capone, my understanding is that homes were still owned as get-away hunting and fishing spots as well as disposing of the bodies of those who ran afoul of the mob.
As a bonus, it is rumored that my guy Frank Balistrieri owned large acreage from his long-term leadership in running the Milwaukee Mob and involvement in the Vegas skim. After all, how do you hide the millions he must have had from the IRS: landwords owned via straw men and corporate shells, and when he was sent away for the last time and his end days how better to pass it along to others without the government knowing much.
Funny thing is, two years ago I met a retired realtor who loved poking around the area of Bulington, WI and Lake Geneva, looking for old coins, farm signs and the like. He invited me more than once but I never went with him and I regret that. I know he had interesting stories of the area and would have been great to be in on the finds, not only the old coins or cool old seed signs, but the horde of coins, well over 10 lbs of dimes, quarters and gold one and two dollar bills, he found in a caved-in drainage ditch, using a cheap metal detector and an old school dowsing rod. We counted the bills about 300 in face value, way more as collector items and so many coins with silver. I do think the value as collecting items was quite a bit, and the last I heard from the guy is that he was moving to Deadwood, CO to try his hand at prospecting. It makes me think how much did he get? Did he go back for more? Are there other hordes to be found?
Not only can we look at the old homes of the outfit but also look into the story of if the Outfit did try to take over the Grayhound Track in Lake Geneva, which would be a very interesting story. Can we find the old stashes for the bootlegging? The list goes on.
Then we have Lake County, from petty crime, a bit of corruption to a few murders and the story of an illegal casino, a murder with a few ghosts, maybe a bit of arson.
As I see it, Lake County, IL has quite the story to tell and we should tell it.
My thought is this could be a 90 minute to 2 hour documentary to be put on Amazon Prime and YouTube. I got a great presenter and a talking head for explaining some of the background when needed.
We got a research crew going now!
Sadly this has been put on the back burner due to the actions of others in the past bothering those living in the locations. Now making filming hard as I would have liked to have done the project.
Am reaching out to see if arrangements can be made
Murder INK is to be held on the 27th of June, 2020 at Parkview Playhouse featuring The Little Bakery Players.
The location for the event is 932 South 12th Street, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220. It is a day long series of workshops for True Crime Writers in the Southeast Wisconsin area. Both a short drive from Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin and a bit of a longer drive from Madison, Wisconsin.
The site opens at 8:30 am and the event ends at 6:00 pm.
Murder INK is designed to help both writers new to the field of true crime writing or those well established in the field gain or improve on skills from research.
These will include:
How to use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Wisconsin Open Records
Contacting and working with jailed offenders, including serial killers (for mature audiences only, 18 and above)
Use of kindle direct print and Amazon marketing services for self-publishing
How to use social media to expand book sales, from Twitter to YouTube
Interesting true crime stories
Paranormal experiences of trained investigators and how true crime authors can help to tell those stories
Murder INK is working on confirming a few more speakers, and will update the topics as they come on board.
The event will have a very limited number of tables for authors to sell books.
Food will not be sold on site but carry-in food is allowed and all are encouraged to visit the local coffee shops and diners.
Tickets are $30 each. Only paid tickets are available and tables are $50 and include one ticket.
We have 4 (four Tables) and 25 Open Seats left
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There are many stray cats in this area, and when we first moved in the biggest issue was from dog fighting, from what I learned in working with the police and neighborhood watch. This horrific practice usually involves young drug dealers who force dogs (mostly pitbulls), to fight. In the park south of my home, with all the bullshit that goes with it, such as using puppies and cats for bait with no veterinary care for the dogs, killing them or leaving them to suffer. As you might guess, the scum doing the dog fighting treated their own families very poorly, abusing their children and domestic violence being typical behavior.
Since we first moved here and found out that this was happening, we made it a priority to do what we could to stop this and to see the assholes responsible for this animal cruelty go to jail.
The Racine Police Department was an integral part in this effort, especially when we discovered that our neighborhood police officer was a big dog lover and found out that the young man we hired to watch our home when we went camping was the son of a police officer and head of the SWAT team. That got our efforts moved from “when we have time” to “let’s kick some ass!”. Well let’s just say that the guys who were fighting dogs were re-educated to stop this behavior and why it was a very very bad idea. And also why it might be a good idea to move out of the neighborhood.
Judges and probation officers were helpful in making sure that there was jail time or revocation of a few years at least in this area for charges related to dog fighting, and it has since significantly decreased or gone away.
Even then we took care of as many of the stray cats and dogs as we could by reuniting them and using the local pet shelter to help as needed. Helping out pet owners with tips on training and basic health-care was also a step that we took to help the animals in our area. With both the Gun Moll and I working, the cost was really affordable and we were happy to do it.
Now it is more the stray cats we care for by feeding and creating shelters in the winter and working with the Gun Moll’s old employer we have been able to rescue litters of kittens, finding them foster homes and forever homes. I was happy to do so, with both of us “retired” it’s harder to pay for some of the expenses in caring for the strays and lo and behold we have found a vet who is willing to fix the older cats at cost, which is a wonderful thing. But, as you might have guessed, even at cost it isn’t cheap.
This is why the income from writing and promoting books helps us ensure that we can at least care for the strays a little bit.
So all of the funds from the profits of my book sales are being used to do this and even after I am gone, that income will continue to be used for that purpose.
I would very much like to thank everyone who has bought, or will buy, any of my books because you sure are helping us to help the weakest and most defenseless among us.
Mob Writer Turns To Erotica
Co-writer of Frank Balistrieri: The Last Most Powerful Godfather of Milwaukee, Wayne “Mr. Big” Clingman, saw an opportunity to bring a bit of spicy naughtiness to the world of historical erotica.
Mr. Big, as Clingman liked to be called in the past, after reading so much silly fiction calling itself erotica, knew he could do a far better job, and with the ebook Alias Mr. Big, he has done so! In this short ebook, Clingman tells a story, set in the 1920’s, of Mr. Big who enters the world of rum-running, casinos and naughty fun in Belle City.
It was critical to me to have historical accuracy in this Mafia erotica where both the mob action terminology and my kink were talked about.
As one reviewer put it “If you can see beyond Mr. Big’s rough and tumble sexual energy, the set dressing and background research truly help sell the setting for the roaring 20s coming into their prime”.
If you want a work that is a bit more accurate and way more fun, Alias Mr. Big is for you!
This ebook is available on Kindle at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XG5FTMG
The Lost Treasure of Ted Binion
You may not know who Ted Binion is off the get go. Ted was the son of gamed gambler/gangster, Benny Binion of Las Vegas fame and a prior mover and shaker in the Dallas, Texas underworld. Speculation is that Benny killed or had killed between five or seven men, mostly over unpaid gambling debts or attempts on Benny’s life. Let’s just say that Bemmy could be hard to get along with. In 1951, Benny would move to Vegas, start a casino and live a large life. This would include time in jail for tax issues.
Benny, to me, did a lot for Vegas in his lifetime.
After Benny’s death in 1989, Ted would play a role in casino operations after a few legal issues with his sister. His father’s death causes, as some would see, mental health issues as it would another member of that family.
Ted was (as his father was) a Silver Bug, owning a lot of it as did the casino. On or about the time the State of Nevada revoked his gaming licence, Ted owned a lot of silver, a bit of gold and, it is rumored, rare coins with other valuables taken to his ranch outside of Vegas and buried in an underground vault. I have read that this amount of treasure has been valued in the tens of millions (in 1990’s rates, $100+ million now).
Sadly, the loss of his father and his gaming license, along with issues with his girlfriend, led to a heroin and drug addiction, so few were shocked when he was found dead in his home next to empty pill bottles. The police knew that he had bought heroin the day before, so the first thought was OD or possibly suicide.
Kin of Ted’s did not accept the idea, they said that Ted was not as upset as others thought. The wanted his girlfriend looked into and found that he wasn’t the only guy hitting that well. After more investigation, Sandy Murphy (the girlfriend) and Rick Tabish (the other boyfriend) were arrested, tried, found guilty, tried again and found not guilty of murder but a range of other issues saw Sandy walked away with time serve and Rick spend a couple years in prision, though he is out now.
Sandy, I last read, was living with a much older, wealthy man.
My understanding is that the couple above did obtain some of the loot but that the vast majority of the loot has vanished. From time to time, others are caught on the old ranch trying to find it. To date, I think no one has. The county has some as well from the ranch that no one has yet claimed.
So where is it? Silver bars are not light. Nor are silver coins. So nobody just walked away with it. Nobody has come to Vegas and said, “Hey, look at what I found.” The vast amount is still out there, in the desert. I’m thinking that one day we should go looking for this.
Perhaps we will find Rick with a spade, still looking for silver.
Have restarted the Podcasts with a series of what I call Blasts, so far we have, Mr Curtis. of Billion Dollar Hollywood Heist fame, you can buy his book here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085CN5HHX/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
The Podcast below
And Gavin Schmitt wild show on Crime in Wisconsin Below
Why, yes, yes I do love the slots. When my folks were still alive we would all go to Ho-Chunk Casino in Baraboo, WI, (https://ho-chunkgaming.com/wisconsindells/) and we would play the slots for a few hours at a time. It was fun spending maybe $20 each. We never really won anything doing so but the few times that I stopped in by myself I won about $50. Since I didn’t just feed the money back into the machine afterwards, I was able to spend it on toys. I remember my dad once won $300 or so and he turned around and invested it into a new lawn mower. It was always a fun way to spend time with the folks.
So…. here we are.
With the way that events have played out, there is no way that either of the mafia books (Frank Goes to Vegas or the one of the mafia in Buffalo) will be able to finish this year. Originally it was expected that Frank Goes to Vegas would be done around June and Mafia in Buffalo around August but it has been a strange year. And that’s putting it lightly, since it just continues to get weirder. As much as I was looking forward to the books, events can (and do!) dictate actions and with my appointment coming up I will not plan anything after this year.