Brothers against Brothers: The Civella-Spero War

In this documentary film, Gary Jenkins, former Kansas City Police Intelligence Unit Detective, host, and producer of the popular mafia podcast Gangland Wire, guides the viewer on a journey inside a Kansas City mob war. Brothers Nick and Carl “Cork” Civella ruled Kansas City’s la Cosa Nostra family since 1957. In the 1960s, four brothers named Nick, Mike, Joe, and Carl Spero started careers as professional criminals. The established Civella crime family thought of these brothers as mavericks. Starting with the gangland-style murder of the eldest brother, Nick Spero, this mob war rages for a decade until a powerful bomb killed the last brother standing in 1984.

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 Leaving Vegas

The True Story of how the F.B.I. Wiretaps Ended Mob Domination of Las Vegas Casinos

This book told from an insider’s perspective offers an exciting view into the inner workings of the Mafia , and the law enforcement agents working to bring them to justice.

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Filmmaker Gary Jenkins was a Kansas City Police Detective in the 1970s. He was assigned to a task force dedicated to bringing down the La Cosa Nostra family in Kansas City, Missouri. After retirement Gary started making documentary films. In this feature length documentary Gary interviews retired F.B.I. agents, Police officers, Star reporters and other witnesses to the events that led to the demise of the Civella Family. Gary was able to access the F.B.I. archives and recovered over 100 of the actual audio tapes from the many wiretaps and secret microphones installed by the feds during this investigation. The viewer will hear the voice of the boss, Nick Civella, discuss mob problems and plans with underboss Carl “Tuffy” DeLuna, Consigliere Carl “Cork” Civella and other mob  underlings. Hear Chicago Outfit Capo Joseph “Joey the Clown” Lombardo tell casino owner, Morris Shenker, that if he wants to live to age 73, he better pay up.




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Films and Books by other authors

Black Hand Strawman – Documentary film of Kansas City’s colorful Organized Crime. Producer, Terence O’Malley chronicled the entire history of the kansas city Mafia in this feature-length documentary film. The film’s title suggests the time frame the documentary spans. The Black Hand era from 1900 to the early 1920s was primarily Sicilian upon Sicilian extortion and was the beginning of Italian organized crime in Kansas City.  “Strawman” is the code name assigned by the FBI in the 1970s and 1980s to the Mob investigation and prosecution of the skimming of casinos in Las Vegas. Terence O’Malley’s previous documentary film Nelly Don: A Stitch in Time was the longest running film at Screenland Theater in Kansas City and remains the theater’s largest box-office revenue-generating film.Included in Black Hand Strawman are many previously unpublished photographs and film of Kansas City gangsters.


Mobsters in our Midst and Open City were written by retired F.B.I. Agent William Ouseley. Open City chronicles the Kansas City Mob from the early days to the 1950s. Mobsters In Our Midst covers the 1950s to the end of the Las Vegas Skimming trail in the 1980s.

 

 

 


 Battle For Las Vegas

 by Denny Griffin

A solid, well-researched account of the years Anthony Spilotro was the Chicago Outfit’s enforcer in Las Vegas. — Sunrise View, May 16, 2006

Dennis N. Griffin uses all of his investigative and interviewing skills to bring this fascinating story to his readers. — Rome Sentinel, July 22, 2006

If you want to know about Las Vegas in the mob days, this book says it all. A great read. — Tru Hawkins, KDWN Radio, April 2, 2006

No punches are pulled in this hard-hitting account of some of the most vicious men to ever walk the earth. —Salem-News.com, August 13, 2006