Like a gritty Audio Book to hear in the car, working in the shop or even cleaning up the blood splatter ?
Then out this morning we have Narco Saints https://www.audible.com/pd/Narco-Saints-Audiobook/B0812CQTCZ?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-170961&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_170961_rh_us&fbclid=IwAR1YQPG4-FNebM6RHTkPoLHtqEFP47MwHl656qUsFvBjcWVq7Yo-nfW1QKw
This is lets say a bloody ride with a twist that you will not see coming.
Check it out, well worth your time and hard earned cash
Born in 1923, George Jay Vandermark had worked in Vegas for some time already when 1976 found him working at the mob owned Stardust Casino. In May of that year, the Nevada Gaming Commission staged a raid and quickly found out that a wide ranging skim was being conducted to the tune of about $7 million. Nice money, that, too bad that George told the mob it was only $4 million (roughly $300,000 a week). That meant that George had put aside $3 million for himself. It is alleged that Vandermark’s job as a slot supervisor was to create opportunities to do this skim, such as rigging the scales that were used to weigh the coins from slots (For example, 1lb of coins would weigh in at 3/4 a pound to be reported to the IRS).
Mr. Vandermark vanished before law enforcement could interview him.
As you might imagine, this upset the mafia who were running the show. Such men as the alleged Godfather of Milwaukee, Frank Balistrieri (a man believe by many to have had others killed for simply insulting him behind his back).
Not a good thing to do, pissing those folks off.
The government reached out to George via his son, Jeff, to warn him that his life was in great danger. They offered to put him into witness protection. My understanding is that Jeff told the FBI that he was able to contact his father, who may have been living in Mexico at the time, and that George was willing to talk with the FBI. This might have been a fatal mistake on his part, since soon after Jeff was found dead with his skull crushed (1).
For a few years following, there were reports of Vandermark sightings both in Baja, Mexico, and Phoenix. These stopped by 1978.
Current rumor has it that the mafia caught up with George in Mexico where they had him killed and buried in the desert (2).
No one has been charged with Vandermark’s disappearance or murder, nor has any trace of the money looted from the Stardust ever been discovered.
Stealing from the mafia is never a good idea.
(1): Was his son, Jeff, killed to find the money that his father stole? Three million is a lot of money, after all.
(2). Another story is that the mob gave him a trip to Mexico, a thanks for all of George’s hard work, and then had him killed in Mexico and used a look alike to cause confusion through the subsequent sightings.
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one point in time, me and Jason Love were planning a series of YouTube shows where we would sit down with an (alleged) former member of the Outfit and with a member of the Chicago Press Core, perhaps a retired member of Law Enforcement, and talk about the Chicago Outfit as this group lived and experienced events.
We even had the first group lined up, however the day before filming I received a phone call saying the Outfit member had an emergency and would be unable to do the program. They promised they would get back to us. But it never happened.. We have many ideas on why this happened but no answers. Life goes on.
The idea of telling the “true” stories of the Outfit in the years 1965 to 1995 has never left me. This would not have to be a huge mega production. It would be just as effective with a few guys dressed as mafia types, telling the documented stories (and a few urban legends) while sitting around a table drinking beers and eating pizza.
The could be ramped up to have a cute woman bring the pizza and beer out. With far more effort we could even do a story line where a crew has an issue to take care of as the stories go on or even have the dinner fade out as the story starts and show a reenactment of the events.
Both of the above ideas (other than the reenactment) could be done for less than $2500 but money is hard to come by.
In many ways this would be easier and cheaper to do than Frank Goes to Vegas, and the building of a fan base from Pizza With the Outfit could help get Frank Goes to Vegas going.
Love to hear your thoughts either on Twitter @themilwaukeemob or firstname.lastname@example.org
For those who like Audio Books for long drives, in the background working on Cars, or between beat downs, we have our Audio book: The Life and Times of Frank Balistrieri The Last, Most Powerful Godfather of Milwaukee out on audiible/ I-Tunes too! You can get your copy at this link https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Life-and-Times-of-Frank-Balistrieri-Audiobook/B07YF57GWX?asin=B07YF57GWX
We had the voice artist John Campagna who has a back ground in doing other Audio Books on the same time frame and subjects, narrate this book, amazing on how well he was able to nail the names from the FBI FOIA retuns.
For under $10.00 how can you go wrong ?
When you get your copy please do not forget to rate the book
I typically stick to stuff dealing with the mob (with a healthy dose of conspiracy theory thrown in) but I would be remiss if I didn’t use this platform to educate and correct misconceptions whenever possible. As you know, in the book Narco Saints we use Santa Muerte as a plot device (though some might say a character). Either way, she plays a major role.
My interest in Santa Muerte goes back to my days as a volunteer for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for S.E Wisconsin which I was V.P for about a year. I helped many from Mexico and Central America to get ESL classes, start small businesses and navigate City Hall. In doing so, I got to hear stories about life in Mexico and why individuals wanted to live in Wisconsin. I also heard what I can only describe as horror stories about dealing with the corrupt government and the Cartels.
Over time I was invited to many meals and gatherings and I got to learn more. Way more. The most intriguing thing I learned was the truth about Santa Muerte vs what the media and entertainment had to say.
When I met Dr. Kate Kingsbury on Twitter, I found out about her research and I knew I needed to help her with her GoFundMe campaign she was running for her book. While I could offer a donation, I knew this wasn’t enough. That’s why I have decided to pledge 10% of the sales from my book Nacro Saints to her campaign (including the upcoming audiobook and t-shirt sales). To me, this will help to educate us all on the Santa Muerte far more than a brief and misguided reference in the odd television program.
Dr Kate Kingsbury’s Go Fund me https://ca.gofundme.com/f/fund-book-on-santa-muerte-the-skeleton-saint
Yes, we had to try our hand at erotica based on the mafia of the 20/30s to see if it would sell, at least as an inexpensive Kindle read. Of course I am talking about Meeting Mr. Big, a quick, fun read that I wrote together with JK Cummings. At $0.99, how can you go wrong?
Buy Here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WJYSHTW
We also have Alias Mr Big, a longer story with way more crazy sex. You’ll learn why Mr. Big likes cigars. We used the opportunity to explain the terms used in the ’20s. This bigger, crazier story is just $2.99 to find out just how sick I really am. But I promise, it’s a blast.
Ms. Cummings also writes for hire if you would like a story of your own making. She can be found on Twitter @MusingErotic
I think that this space can do well in finding a fan base, which is key since you can’t use AMS to get key words. Let’s see what happens.
Doing all kinds of stuff from doing an Audio Book on Frank you can find here : https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Life-and-Times-of-Frank-Balistrieri-Audiobook/B07YF57GWX?asin=B07YF57GWX
To a crime fiction with the DEA joining up with a Narco killer , in the book by the same name Narco Saints https://www.amazon.com/dp/1693614308
You got to love the cover art !
We are also pleased to present to you from England David Breakspaer’s first but we hope not last book A Father’s Son . Set in the 60’s takes you from London to Chicago look at a life of crime and the world it existed in https://www.amazon.com/dp/1690018496