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Gangland Wire Crime Stories is a unique true crime podcast. The host, Gary Jenkins, is a former Kansas City Police Intelligence Unit Detective. Gary uses his experience to give insigtful twists on famous organized characters across the United States. He tells crime stories from his own career and invites former FBI agents, police officers and criminals to educate and entertain listeners.

Gangland Wire Gary Jenkins: Mafia Detective

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Gangland Wire Crime Stories is a unique true crime podcast. The host, Gary Jenkins, is a former Kansas City Police Intelligence Unit Detective. Gary uses his experience to give insigtful twists on famous organized characters across the United States. He tells crime stories from his own career and invites former FBI agents, police officers and criminals to educate and entertain listeners.

    Who was the Real Boss: Nitti or Ricca?

    Who was the Real Boss: Nitti or Ricca?

    Retired Intelligence Detective Gary Jenkins brings you the best in mob history with his unique perception of the mafia. In this conversation between Gary and Camillus Robinson, aka “Cam,” they delve into the intriguing histories of Frank Nitti and Paul Ricca, pivotal figures in the Chicago outfit from the Capone era to modern times. Cam discusses his book “Chicago Swan Song: A Mob Wife Story,” detailing Lisa Swan’s experiences living in the shadow of the Calabrese mob family during the Family Secrets trial. They explore the power dynamics between Nitti and Ricca, highlighting Nitti’s enforcement role and Ricca’s political savvy and connections with mob bosses nationwide. The conversation transitions to discussions around Capone’s influence, with differing perspectives on Nitti’s power after Capone’s downfall and Ricca’s rise to prominence. They delve into the organizational structure of the Chicago outfit, noting the mentorship roles that Nitti and Ricca played in grooming future mob leaders like Tony Accardo and Giancana. The conversation also touches on the Kansas City-Chicago mob connections and their intertwined history. Gary and Cam reflect on the transition from the prohibition era to modern times, emphasizing Nitti and Ricca’s legacy and impact in shaping the Chicago Outfit. They shed light on the mob’s complex relationships and power dynamics, pointing out how the Chicago Outfit Bosses changed while the organizational structure persisted. Gary and Cam keep the audience engaged throughout their banter with their deep knowledge and entertaining exchanges.

    Chapters

    0:00

    Welcome to Gangland Wire

    0:24

    The Swan Song of Chicago Mob

    3:49

    Capone’s Shadow and Chicago’s Shift

    11:22

    Ricca’s Rise and National Connections

    12:50

    The Hollywood Scam and Its Players

    14:52

    Ricca’s Ascendancy and Tragic End

    21:01

    Chicago’s Organizational Structure

    24:27

    Chicago vs. New York Power Dynamics

    25:08

    Nitty and Ricca: Pivotal Figures

    28:24

    Mob Summit in Las Vegas

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    Transcript

    [0:00]

    Welcome to Gangland Wire

    [0:00]Welcome, all you guys. Well, welcome, all you guys.

    I’m back here in studio Gangland Wire with my good friend, Camulus Robinson.

    I tell you what, Camulus,

    Audie Murphy and the Mob

    Audie Murphy and the Mob

    Retired Intelligence Detective Gary Jenkins brings you the best in mob history with his unique perception of the mafia. Gary found a little-known story about a famous WW2 war hero/movie star who took on Fifi Bucceri of the Chicago Outfit.

    Audie Murphy was the most decorated soldier in World War II. He also suffered from a gambling addiction after the war. In this fantastic story, we learn how he killed 50 Germans single-handedly to win the Congressional Medal of Honor and came home to a grateful public. Jimmy Cagney sponsored him in the Hollywood movie industry, where he became a film star in many action movies. The most famous was To Hell and Back. Murphy’s gambling addiction led him into the hands of two scam artists from Chicago. The rest is right out of an Audie Murphy movie.  Let us just say that he was not afraid of the Mob. 

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    Transcript

    Transcript

    [0:00]Well, hey guys, welcome back into the studio of Gangland Wire.

    Gary Jenkins here, retired Kansas City Police Intelligence Unit detective.

    I’ll tell you a story. I found this story in a book titled Pay, Quit, or Die.

    It was written by a former Chicago police detective named Don Heroin.

    And it’s a story that I never heard. I couldn’t find online.

    It was about a war hero that I I remember as a child, his name was Audie Murphy.

    [0:32]And the title of the chapter was from War Hero to Hollywood Star to Mob Buster, in a way.

    Anyhow, Audie Murphy. Let me tell you a little bit about Audie Murphy.

    [0:46]Every kid, everybody my age, post-war baby boomer that knew about World War

    II, Every boy probably has heard of Audie Murphy.

    It was a remarkable journey. He was born in 1925 down in Texas,

    made him just right to be a young man.

    1941, whenever the war was really rocking and rolling, he fought in Europe.

    His early years were he grew up poor and

    in hardship on the farm now you know he may be poor

    to have have hard conditions but you know usually had enough to eat uh just

    that farm life is it’ll make you tough i’ll tell you i was raised on a farm

    man a little tough of your butt up went in the army in world war ii like everybody

    else even a lot of the mob guys went in And Johnny Roselli,

    I just read an article about him,

    and he went in, and by the end of the war,

    Louis Milito: Another Gravano Victim?

    Louis Milito: Another Gravano Victim?

    The interview delves into the life and criminal activities of Louis Milito, a mobster born in Brooklyn in 1942. The host, Gary Jenkins a retired Kansas City Police detective, discusses Molito’s upbringing in a neighborhood teeming with Sicilian immigrants and his involvement with the Rampers street gang alongside Sammy the Bull Gravano. Despite his criminal endeavors, Milito also pursued a career as a hairdresser, showcasing a surprising dichotomy in his persona.

    Milito’s criminal journey includes car theft, jewelry heists, and involvement in high-profile murders like that of “Johnny Keys” Simone, a Philadelphia mobster. Milito’s loyalty to Gravano and the Gambino crime family is highlighted through his involvement in various criminal activities under their command. However, a grave mistake occurs when Milito and Gravano mistakenly murder a 16-year-old instead of the intended target, leading to unforeseen consequences. The episode explores Milito’s continued involvement in criminal activities, including a murder ordered by the Gambino underboss, Frank DiCicco. Amidst power struggles and changes within the Gambino family, Milito’s dissent towards Gravano’s rise in the hierarchy sets the stage for his eventual downfall. As Gravano ascends through the ranks, tensions rise within the family, leading to Milito’s imprisonment for tax evasion in 1984.

    The narrative culminates in Milito’s final days filled with regret and poignant discussions with his wife, Lynda. The complex dynamics of loyalty and betrayal in the organized crime world are highlighted, showcasing the precarious existence mobsters like Milito navigated. Milito’s mysterious disappearance after a meeting with Gravano hints at a tragic end to his tumultuous life. The interview provides captivating insight into the intricate web of relationships, crimes, and internal conflicts that characterized Milito’s life as a mobster.

    Check out Lynda Milito’s book – Mafia Wife: A Story of Love, Muder, and Madness.

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    [0:00]Well, hey guys, welcome to the studio of Gangland Wire.

    Glad to be back in here. I am a retired Kansas City Police Intelligence Unit detective.

    Worked a mob for about 15 years in Kansas City.

    Well, guys, I’ve been talking about a lot of different mobs and a lot of different

    guys in the mob over the years.

    Johnny Roselli: Hollywood Gangster

    Johnny Roselli: Hollywood Gangster

    Retired Intelligence Detective Gary Jenkins brings you the best in mob history with his unique perception of the mafia. In this episode of Mafia Biographies, delve into the captivating life of John “Handsome Johnny” Roselli. Born Filippo Sacco in 1905, Roselli’s journey traversed organized crime during Prohibition, connections with mob figures like Al Capone, and ventures into liquor imports and labor racketeering.

    Transitioning to Las Vegas, Roselli emerged as a key player in the casino scene and infiltrated Hollywood craft unions and production companies, showcasing his versatility. The narrative takes a surprising turn in the 1960s with involvement in a CIA plot to assassinate Fidel Castro, entwining mobsters and political intrigue.

    Roselli’s appearance before a Senate committee in the 1970s shed light on his connections to espionage and criminal activities. His mysterious demise in 1976 near Miami further added layers of speculation to his intricate life, leaving a legacy that echoes the complexities of crime, business, and political power in American history. Join us for more underworld biographies as we unravel captivating stories of mobsters.

    Support the Podcast

    Subscribe to get new gangster stories every week.

    Hit me up on Venmo for a cup of coffee or a shot and a beer @ganglandwire

    Click here to “buy me a cup of coffee”







    To go to the store or make a donation or rent Ballot Theft: Burglary, Murder, Coverup, click here

    To rent Brothers against Brothers, the documentary, click here. 

    To rent Gangland Wire, the documentary, click here

    To buy my Kindle book, Leaving Vegas: The True Story of How FBI Wiretaps Ended Mob Domination of Las Vegas Casinos.

    To subscribe on iTunes click here. Please give me a review and help others find the podcast.

    Donate to the podcast. Click here!

    Transcript

    [0:00]

    Welcome to Gangland Wire

    [0:00]Well, hey, welcome all you wiretappers back here in the studio of Gangland Wire.

    We’ve got another riveting episode of Mafia Biographies. You know,

    I’m bringing you these little short Mafia biographies.

    It’s your host, former intelligence unit detective, Kansas City Police Department, Gary Jenkins.

    And today we’re going to delve into the intricate life of John Handsome Johnny Roselli.

    He was a mobster who his life story weaves through the gritty streets of Chicago,

    started in New York, of course, goes out to L.A., Las Vegas.

    This is the gripping story of a man who was able to navigate both the criminal

    underworld and the covert world of espionage.

    But he also was able to navigate through the boardrooms and the film studios

    of the Hollywood major motion picture producers.

    It’s crazy. And we’re going to uncover the different layers of handsome Johnny

    Roselli. He was born Filippo Sacco, July 4th, 4th of July, 1905.

    I didn’t know he was that old. He’s born in Esperia, Italy.

    [1:04]Roselli’s early life was marked by an immigration to Boston at th...

    The Bonanno Family: Betrayal and Ambition

    The Bonanno Family: Betrayal and Ambition

    Retired Intelligence Detective Gary Jenkins brings you the best in mob history with his unique perception of the mafia. In this podcast episode, we delve into the intriguing life story of Joe Bonanno, a prominent figure in organized crime. Joe Bonanno’s life was intertwined with the Mafia’s tumultuous history from his early days migrating to the United States from Sicily. We witness his rise through the ranks of the New York City Mafia families, navigating through turbulent times marked by power struggles and alliances. Bonanno’s escapades take us through significant events such as the Castellammarese War and the infamous Appalachian Conference. His ambitious nature leads him to orchestrate intricate plots, including a scheme to eliminate rival mob bosses, ultimately resulting in a betrayal that shatters loyalties within the Mafia commission. As the podcast delves deeper, we witness Joe Bonanno’s retreat to Arizona, where retirement beckons after a series of family wars and power struggles. His legacy, marked by contradictions of honor and treachery, is explored in detail, shedding light on his involvement in the heroin trade and his untimely demise in 2002. Throughout the narrative, the complexities of Bonanno’s character and his role in shaping the New York City Mafia landscape are articulated with admiration and criticism. The episode concludes with reflections on the lasting impact of Joe Bopnanno’s actions, painting a picture of a man whose life danced on the edge between honor and treachery, leaving behind a legacy etched in the annals of crime history.

    Support the Podcast

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    To go to the store or make a donation or rent Ballot Theft: Burglary, Murder, Coverup, click here

    To rent Brothers against Brothers, the documentary, click here. 

    To rent Gangland Wire, the documentary, click here

    To buy my Kindle book, Leaving Vegas: The True Story of How FBI Wiretaps Ended Mob Domination of Las Vegas Casinos.

    To subscribe on iTunes click here. Please give me a review and help others find the podcast.

    Donate to the podcast. Click here!

    Transcript

    [0:00]

    Introduction to Mob Figure Biographies

    [0:00]Well, hey, guys, back here in the studio, Gangland Wire. This is retired intelligence detective Gary Jenkins. I got another one of my short bios or biographies of famous mob people. I think I mentioned this before I’ve been doing these because, you know, we mention these names all the time, but everybody doesn’t know everything.

    [0:20]And so I’ll get these out. I’ve been putting them out on my Facebook or my podcast Facebook page, just a short short bio of these really famous mob guys. And so this is another one of them. This is Joseph Charles Bonanno. Joe Bonanno is a really interesting guy. And matter of fact, his family, the Bonanno family, Bonanno family, I think it’s Bonanno.

    Underboss: The Untold Story of Carl DeLuna in the Mob

    Underboss: The Untold Story of Carl DeLuna in the Mob

    Retired Intelligence Detective Gary Jenkins brings you the best in mob history with his unique perception of the mafia. Today, we delve into the intriguing saga of Carl “Tuffy” DeLuna, a notable figure in the Kansas City organized crime milieu. Known as a formidable Underboss with ties to the Civella family, Carl DeLuna commanded respect and fear for his powerful and ruthless demeanor. Though born in Brooklyn, he made his mark in Kansas City, engaging in various criminal activities ranging from armed robberies to overseeing a highly profitable skim operation that yielded substantial profits for the mob. DeLuna’s ascent to prominence involved close ties to influential mobsters such as Nick Civella, and he played a key role in crucial decisions affecting the mob’s operations. Tuffy’s presence was integral to the mob’s functioning, from enforcing discipline to managing sportsbook operations and ensuring the smooth running of illegal enterprises. His counsel was sought in pivotal discussions and actions, underscoring his role as a trusted advisor and enforcer. The dynamic between Tuffy DeLuna and Nick Civella sheds light on their relationship and how Tuffy’s advice influenced critical decisions. His involvement in maintaining discipline and resolving internal conflicts within the mob highlighted his importance as Nick Civella’s right-hand man. Tuffy’s ability to manage various aspects of organized crime made him a valuable asset to the underworld. Tuffy’s narrative also explores his clash with the Spero brothers and the ensuing violent confrontations that shook the Kansas City mob scene. The complex web of alliances, betrayals, and power struggles exemplified the volatile nature of organized crime and the deadly consequences those involved face. Tuffy’s role in orchestrating and executing violent acts to retain control over the criminal empire showcased his unwavering commitment to the Civella Family’s interests. When the Government finally arrested and convicted DeLuna, it marked the end of an era for the Kansas City mob. His enduring legacy as a powerful and influential figure in organized crime speaks to the intricate world of mob operations and the individuals who navigated its perilous waters. The compelling narrative of Carl “Tuffy” DeLuna’s life provides insight into the complex workings of organized crime, highlighting the power struggles, alliances, and betrayals that shaped the criminal underworld in Kansas City. Tuffy’s legacy as a formidable figure in the mob world and his lasting impact on the Kansas City crime scene solidify his place in the annals of organized crime history.

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    To go to the store or make a donation or rent Ballot Theft: Burglary, Murder, Coverup, click here

    To rent Brothers against Brothers, the documentary, click here. 

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    To buy my Kindle book, Leaving Vegas: The True Story of How FBI Wiretaps Ended Mob Domination of Las Vegas Casinos.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
539 Ratings

539 Ratings

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Spencer Shooter

Great show!!

Golfyourazzoff ,

Could listen to Gary read the phone book!

Because the anecdotes for every name would be audible crack! Thank you sir for your time and effort providing incredible insight to incredible pieces of history!

Frank and Cressa Dovigh ,

Great show

Good show. Enjoyable anecdotes. Love when Gary pronounces Italian names.

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