The Outfit in Lake Geneva, WI and Lake County, IL – a Documentary

 

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?

The Film

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!

 

Lets welcome Paul Peterson

Mr. Peterson will be part of Milwaukee Mob II Frank Goes to  Vegas
Paul Peterson is from the Southwest suburbs of Chicago.  He enjoys films about the Italian Mafia because of the epic narratives (with warring families, and all), and because Mafiosi are outlaws who make up a secret society, and seemingly aren’t confined to the same rules that law-abiding citizens are; thus, Mafiosi exist in kind of a dark fantasy world.
In short:  For a film goer who works an average 9-5 job, films about the Italian Mafia allow the viewer to experience being part of a dangerous, but potentially thrilling, world, without having to suffer the real-life consequences.

 

The Plan (subject to contact with real life)

” No plan survives contact with the enemy. ”  Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

“So this is the plan for the production film. ” Wayne Clingman

 

All joking aside we have a plan for the production of the films , late this week should see the launch of the Indie Go Go this is to gather needed funds to pay for the costs of creating the films, from obtaining B-Roll, Stock Footage and obtaining the Freedom of Information Act requests with The FBI and DEA, we may also start the process to get records from The State of Nevada   Gaming Control Board. The last part I have tried before and lets just say wow… .

The Milwaukee Mob Editors Cut will be the easiest to get done with only content to add we may want to bring Gavin Schmidt Author of The Milwaukee Mob to add some background to the tale of Milwaukee Phil.

The Milwaukee Mob II Frank Balistrieri Goes to Vegas will take longer to get out the door since information we plan on obtaining with the FOIA to the above groups will be needed. but by the time the Editor’s cut is done we should have it. 

We can do a lot of the filming during the time we are waiting for the records so it will not be like we are sitting on our hands.

Both “Should be done around 3/2019. Subject to contact …

Say hi to our star Shanta Pasika

Ms. Pasika from Wisconsin has long been an actress in local Indy Film and TV productions.

She is a big fan of classic horror film such as the Thing as well the gore horror films of  today such as Serbian Film.

Like myself, she had little idea of the history of the Mafia in Southeastern Wisconsin until  Shanta and I met and she saw my film on the Milwaukee Mob.

A quick study and very interested in the subject, looking forward to looking at the homes owned by/connected to The Chicago Outfit, in the Lake Geneva WI area.

Interesting to note that Ms. Pasika in the past had heard that Al Capone may had bunkers dug in the Burlington WI area to store Beer to be shipped into the Milwaukee and Madison area, she plans to see what notes she still has on this in an effort to incorporate  this story into the history of Lake Geneva