Gary Jenkins Talks Mafia

I was invited to do a Facebook Live interview with KC Star reporter, Ian Cummings. This is called the Beer Hour and we met at the craft beer joint called the Kansas City Bier Company. I talk about my career in the KCPD Intelligence Unit working with the FBI to investigate the “River Quay Mob War” and the mob war between the Nick Civella faction and the Spero brothers. I also tell Ian how in the investigation of these mob activities we discovered the existence of Mafia skimming from Las Vegas casinos as depicted in the well known DeNiro film, Casino.

I tell how I got started with filming documentaries on antebellum Civil War life in Missouri and the Western Underground Railroad along the Missouri/Kansas border.


11 thoughts on “Gary Jenkins Talks Mafia”

        1. Kevin, The book Open City is the best resource about the early mob days. That and the documentary, Black Hand Strawman.

  1. Gary… This Gina Taylor (Spero)

    Just got off the phone with Angel Gonzales… really good friend of mine since 2008. Told him that I went the see your documentaries yesterday.

    He just told me you guys went through the academy and were really good friends. Small world…

    Enjoy the two documentaries…

    1. Thank you! Angel and I were good friends in the academy and ever since. Our careers on the PD took different paths, but that academy bond never breaks.

  2. Gary this is Karen Conaway. I played the stripper part in Brothers against Brothers. I have several people wanting copies of the dvd. Let me know how to get my hands on a couples.

  3. Gary,

    My name is Peter Raimo, my great grandfather was officer Joseph Raimo. I’ve been doing research for my family, and my father Bernard Raimo jr., and was hoping you might be able to point me to some sources to gather as much information as possible about both my great grandfather Joe and also the DeFeo family in Kansas City.

  4. I recently found your podcasts and have been burning through them. I’ve heard mention of gangland wire mob tour app? I can not seem to find an app that shows these mob places in the KC area.
    Thank you for all you do!

    1. Thank you. The app is only in the Apple App Store. I had some trouble with Google and cannot work it out.

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