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!

Update 8/9/20

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

 

Crazy Times

 

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.

So I could go looking for another co-writer but that’s not going to happen. Most feel they should get a car and a mortgage payment as a fee and I will not be able to find someone I trust like Zack Long. Men like him are hard to find and as hen’s teeth.
So rather than just having that info for the books live on my hard drive, I will post it to my blog so that others may read it and gain a better understanding of the topic and perhaps they’ll even be able to use it in books of their own.
As you may or may not know, the Mr. Big Talks line of books are starting to come out with:
both out now
 
and Mr. Big Talks Texas Hold ‘Em Poker and Mr. Big Talks Slots to be out late April to Mid-May. All will be in ebook format, though I may combine them together to make for one big paperback. All links will be posted.
I also have a notebook you can get as well.       https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0863RMSQ3
Oh and Frank got a new cover
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The Book is out!

  Book Cover

 

Wayne Clingman, producer of the film Milwaukee Mafia – Frank Balistrieri, The Longest Running Mob Boss in Milwaukee’s History, announced today that the book, Frank Balistrieri: The Last, Most Powerful Godfather of Milwaukee, is live on Amazon both in paperback and kindle format. Perfect for fans of mafia history, Milwaukee, and/or the Outfit.

This book, by myself and cowriter Zack Long, is based on over 1000 pages of documents received from a Freedom of Information Act request, along with newspaper stories from The New York Times,The Milwaukee Journal and others. Mr Clingman said on the matter, “I had no idea that when I started to produce my film, Milwaukee Mafia, that doing so would lead to a book. Yet once I received the FOIA return, I knew I had to continue to tell Frank Balistrieri’s story. Frank was, even if many would not like to admit it, a major part in the history of not only Milwaukee but Las Vegas and the American Mafia at large.”

Mr Clingman continued, “The best part was working with such a great writer, Zack Long.”

Mr Long spoke on the project, “It has been a lot of fun working with Wayne to turn Balistrieri’s story into a book. It is downright shocking just how much violence can orbit a single life.”

Paper back available for $11.99.
Get the ebook for $3.95.

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1098754697

Frank Balistrieri, A look at “The Last Godfather of the Milwaukee Mafia” The Ebook Pre-Sale

 

Today, Wayne Clingman, the producer of the film Milwaukkee Mafia – Frank Balistrieri, The Longest Running Mob Boss in Milwaukee’s History, announced that the book, Frank Balistrieri, A look at “The Last Godfather of the Milwaukee Mafia” is about done and being offered for pre-sale to those fans of mafia history, Milwaukee, and/or The Outfit, who will want to own it for their own collections.

This book, by myself and co-writer Zack Long, is based on over 1000 pages of documents received from a Freedom of Information Act request, along with newspaper stories from The New York Times, The Milwaukee Journal and others. Mr. Clingman said, “I had no idea that when I started to produce my film, Milwaukee Mafia, that doing so would lead to a book. Yet once I received the FOIA return, I knew I had to continue to tell Frank Balistrieri’s story. Frank was, even if many would like not to admit it, a major part in the history of not only Milwaukee but Las Vegas and the role of the American Mafia at large.
Mr. Clingman continued,”The best part was working with a great writer, Mr Zack Long.”
Mr. Long spoke on the project, “It has been a lot of fun working with Wayne to turn Balistrieri’s story into a book. It is downright shocking just how much violence can orbit a single life.”
The ebook can be purchased via pre-sale for $5. Buyers will also receive a Chicago Outfit Blood on the Street sticker along with their purchase.
The sale of the ebook on Amazon will begin in mid-June for $3.95;

The Milwaukee Mob is now opening their event, Lunch with The Milwaukee Mob, to sponsors :

 

The Milwaukee Mob is now opening their event, Lunch with The Milwaukee Mob, to sponsors. The four levels of sponsorship are found below.

 

But first: What is Lunch with The Milwaukee Mob?

 

A “Lunch with The Milwaukee Mob” is an afternoon of great food and informative conversation featuring guest speaker Gavin Schmitt, author of The Milwaukee Mafia and other works of True Crime. The lunch will be held on March 30 2019 at Chief Bob’s 1405 16th St, Racine, WI 53404. 12pm to 4pm.

Mr. Schmitt will speak on the colorful history of the mafia in and around S.E. Wisconsin and will be open a Q &A following his discussion . Great conversation over a great authentic Italian lunch that even the most hardened Mafia Buttonman would enjoy. Mr. Schmitt will begin around 1pm and is expected to last until 2:30pm.

This event is a fundraiser for Made Men Production/Chiago Outfit Blood on the Street so that they can continue to create true crime content. Mr. Clingman will be available to talk further on upcoming projects and exciting news regarding Made Men Production.

 

Levels of Sponsorship

 

Mr. Clingman can be reached about sponsorship opportunities by phone at 262-632-5336 or by email at wclingman@wi.rr.com.

 

Gold: $750

  • A link and logo of their choice to be put up on the Chicago Outfit web page.

 

  • A pre-roll Thank You to include their webpage information on the taped version of the show.
  • 4 tickets to the Lunch.

 

  • 2 copies of Mr. Schmitt’s books Milwaukee Mafia and Murder Capital.

 

  • Meet and greet with Mr. Schmitt.

 

Silver: $500

 

  • Link and Logo on the web page.

 

  • 2 tickets to the Lunch.

 

  • 1 copy of Mr. Schmitt’s books Milwaukee Mafia and Murder Capital.

 

  • Meet and greet with Mr. Schmitt.

 

 

Bronze: $250

 

  • Link and Logo on the web page.

 

  • 2 tickets to the lunch.

 

Basic: $100

 

  • Link and Logo on the web page.

 

  • 1 ticket to the lunch.

 

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.

 

Our Thanks Frank Balistrieri,

 

My thought is that anyone who has been to Las Vegas needs to thank Frank Balistrieri, for without his efforts to bring millions of dollars from the Central State Teamster’s Pension Fund to invest, yes invest  for my understanding is that the fund’s investments were profitable in returning a profit to the Pension Fund during the time frame of Mr. Ballistrieri , this investment allowed Casino’s such as The Fremont and The Stardust to exist.

  Fremont      

 

 

The Stardust Hotel

Yes we know that the Mob was in Vegas long before Frank came in, A shame he has not gotten the credit I believe he is due with the creation of the Vegas, we know today.

Interesting to note that in 1976 the fund had about 249. Million investing in Casinos,  getting interest on those loans, in the years to come after the Skim was discovered, the Mob kicked out.

The years of  Junk Bonds used to finance deals in Vegas that would not be the case, for investors   being taken for a ride.

To think that the Mob would help retired Americans with good investments is well, crazy, but perhaps true

Pre-production starts with a fundraiser

 

The first steps in the pre-production will be a fundraiser on the Indie-Go-Go platform to obtain the money needed to insure the rights needed, pay talent and crew, the numbers are being hammered out  but look to be around $6500-7000 USD.

We will be offering the typical perks such as Stickers-T Shirts- digital copies of the film (s), will also be offering an invitation only gathering to hear stories not in the film but would be of great interest to those interested in the topic by the Wisconsin crime author Gavin Schmitt, who was also part of the first Milwaukee Mob film and be helping us on Milwaukee Mob Part Two Frank Goes to Vegas.

Plan is to offer a low end way for someone to help by donating less then $25.00 to the die hard fan base to eat Pizza and talk Milwaukee Mob with one of the best writers in the field today, Mr. Schmitt.

 

This would insure a great product that the fans on the story of The Mafia in Milwaukee will want to hear will be created.

The film (s) will be placed on Amazon Prime as well as at least two Roku Channels. This will insure maximum exposure to our fan base.

 

The link to the Fundraiser will be of course posted here and the Twitter and Facebook Page

Budgets and Opportunities

So after talking with Mr. Love , the Editor of the Milwaukee Mob we have come up with a budget of about $1500. for the Milwaukee Mob, the Editor’s Cut.

The Editor’s Cut is expected to run about 60 Mins and bring another story into the documentary that did not make the first film.

As for the Film The Milwaukee Mob II : Frank Balistrieri, Goes to Vegas, the story of the much understood little known role that Frank played in bring the Mob into Vegas will be looked at.

Should the lawyers allow we would like to talk about how in our humble opinion, that as alleged  Allen Glick was perhaps not Mr. Innocent as the media has made him out to be.

We are not trying to rehabilitate Frank Balistrieri, but in a way give him more credit in making Vegas what is became.

As you we hope have read of the stickers and T shirts you can buy to make our next projects happen and with out your help this take more time to happen,there is also sponsorships as well as advertising opportunities available.
As The Milwaukee Mob got over 50,000 views in a a few months this be a great way to get your product out in front of an engaged community looking to buy male focused products, as well since much of Milwaukee Mob II Frank Goes To Vegas talks about sin city be a fantastic oppertunty to bring men with CASH to say your Mob Tour or Casino be it in Vegas or in the Chicago area.
Interested?

Please Email wclingman@wi.rr.com

Thanks

Film Project : Milwaukee Mob Editors Cut

With the 1st anniversary of the release of the film The Milwaukee Mob our documentary on the last and most powerful leader of that group ,   Frank Balistrieri coming up in January 2019 the Editor Jason Love and I, are planing to to a Director’s Cut of the film. 

This film would include footage not used in the first release  as well add more on the famous underrated Milwaukee Phil : Felix Alderisio.

As Milwaukee was under the oversight of the Outfit, I see that doing an Editor’s cut under the Chicago Outfit Blood in the Streets brand fits well.

Mr. Love and I thought the story of Milwaukee Phil is interesting, needed to be brought up in the context of an Editor’s Cut.

This project should be done if funding allows early Spring of 2019.