Gary Jenkins, former Intelligence Unit detective with the Kansas City Police Department has produced 4 documentary films, created the Kansas City Mob Tour app, authored 2 books and currently produces and co-hosts his own true crime podcast, titled Gangland Wire Crime Stories.
In Gary’s most recent documentary, Gangland Wire, former F.B.I. agents, cops, reporters, and casino employees tell insider stories about a Kansas City mob squabble that escalated into several murders and bombings. the investigation into the local crimes led to install hidden microphones and wiretaps on Kansas City mob locations. To use in the documentary film and his book Leaving Vegas, Gary was able to obtain the actual recordings from F.B.I. archives.
The Kansas City F.B.I., with the help of Kansas City Police Intelligence Unit, entered into an investigation that uncovered a national conspiracy of the Midwest La Cosa Nostra families using Teamster’s pension fund money to finance Las Vegas casino owners. The price for casino owners to obtain loan approvals was high. Chicago, Cleveland, Chicago and Kansas City mob bosses ordered “Strawman” casino owners to give casino jobs to mob pawns. These mob underlings skimmed cash from the counting rooms and sent it back to the Midwest Mob bosses. Jenkins was able to obtain hours of the recordings used as evidence to convict the La Cosa Nostra bosses in Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland and Kansas City for this conspiracy to skim. He made extensive use of the audio clips in Gangland Wire and Leaving Vegas. The viewer will hear out of the mobster’s own mouths just how they conducted their business. For example, the viewer will hear Kansas City Mob bosses discussing problems with Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal. In his great film, Casino, Martin Scorsese based Robert DeNiro’s Ace Rothstein character on “Lefty” Rosenthal.
For the documentary and book, Gary obtained copies of ledger notes kept by Tuffy DeLuna. In that ledger DeLuna kept detailed notes about the Mob’s Las Vegas activities.
Gangland Wire and Leaving Las Vegas documents the investigation and fall of the four Midwest Mob families. Those families have never fully recovered from that fall. They lost control of the billion- dollar Central States Teamster Pension Fund and a steady flow of millions in cash from Las Vegas casinos.
Gary Jenkins independently produced, Negroes To Hire: Slave Life and Culture on Antebellum Missouri Farms which won the Jackson County Historical Society award for best historical documentary film of the year in 2011. He produced Freedom Seekers: Stories From the Western Underground Railroad. Gary authored a companion book titled John Brown and The Last Train.