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:
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.
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.
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 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 email@example.com.
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.
Link and Logo on the web page.
2 tickets to the Lunch.
1 copy of Mr. Schmitt’s books Milwaukee Mafia and Murder Capital.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
On the heels of the documentary The Milwaukee Mob, where we looked at Frank Balistrieri, the last major Boss of the Mafia, this film Frank Balistrieri, Goes To Vegas will look at what we here feel is the misunderstood story of Balistriri role in the Mafia’s getting into the financing of Casinos in Vegas.
What role did Frank B play in the idea of major mob influenced investing in Vegas casinos ?
Who did Frank B use as sources of money for this investment ?
How did the Mafia work behind the scenes to protect and profit from this investment ?
How did this fall apart ?
What happened to the major players ?
This film will be a feature and be shared with interested parties via VOD outlets or Cable stations. “DVD’s” with bonius content will be offered to be purchased.