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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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    • 4.6 • 434 Ratings

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.

    The Life of Bill Bonnano

    The Life of Bill Bonnano

    Retired KCPD Intelligence Unit Detective Gary Jenkins and mob historian Camillius “Cam” Robinson discuss the life and times of New York Mob boss, Bill Bonanno.

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    • 36 min
    The Plot to Kill Sammy the Bull

    The Plot to Kill Sammy the Bull

    Retired Kansas City Police Intelligence Detective Gary Jenkins examines the Gotti plot to kill Sammy the Bull Gravano. After Gravano served his time from his plea arrangement, 5 years for a lifetime of murder, assault, extortion, and racketeering. He was relocated to Tempe Arizona in the Witness protection program but left after a few years because he did not like the constraints. In 1995, he relocated to Scottsdale Arizona, started a construction company, and lived an open life. he even gave interviews to Diane Sawyer on 60 minutes and to the Arizona Republic newspaper. This enraged the Gotti family, especially after they learned he was collaborating on a book about his life in the Gambino family and his rise to underboss for John Gotti Sr. He even hired a publicist to get more press attention, the exact thing he claimed he did not like about John Gotti.

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    Gary tells the story of how Peter Gotti ordered two Gambino soldiers, Thomas “Huck” Carbonaro and Eddie Garafola, to murder Gravano.

    Salvatore “Fat Sal” Mangiavillano gave an interview to Ed Scarpo of www.cosanostranews.com in which he described the story of how he helped a New York hit team further a plot to kill Sammy the Bull Gravano on the orders of Gambino boss, Peter Gotti. Sammy the Bull Gravano described this attempt on his life in his podcast episode titled, A Hit Team From New York Came To Arizona To Kill Me.

    Fat Sal Mangiavillano was born in Italy and came to the US as a child. He never got his citizenship and lost his first green card after a criminal conviction. As an adult, Fat Sal worked with a sophisticated crew of New York thieves who perfected the art of breaking open bank night deposit boxes and then graduated to bank burglaries and invasion-type bank robberies. In other words, he was an upper-echelon professional criminal worthy of a whole podcast himself. Sal was known for his resourcefulness. For example, he made a homemade gaff with three-pronged spears to pull money out of night deposit boxes. During one Queens, New York, heist, he rigged a remote-controlled drill to cut through concrete and steel. His organized crime pals dubbed his capers “Fat Sallie Productions.” Fat Sal told Ed Scarpo that when he was a 16-year-old car thief, he first met a guy named Thomas Huck Carbonaro at a Gravano-connected chop shop. This was in the early 1980s. Huck was a little older and a member of Sammy the Bull Gravano’s crew. He got friendly with Huck when he saw him working as a doorman at an after-hours bar owned by Sammy the Bull Gravano.

    By 1988, Fat Sal has a crew chopping and tagging stolen cars. This means he would either chop the stolen car into body parts to be sold as used parts to auto-body repair shops or -re-tag a stolen car with another VIN number and title from a salvaged car. of interest, Chris Paciello was one of the guys bringing him stolen cars. Through these connections, he met a young smash and grab thief named Tommy Dono. He claims he and Tommy got arrested in a case of mistaken identity for mugging an off-duty cop. The cops handcuffed them to a radiator at the police station and beat them for several hours off and on. In the end, the cops brought in their fellow officer who exclaimed, “These aren’t the guys they were Puerto Rican.” He said he and Tommy Dono bonded over this incident and started working together.

    During this time, Fat Sal learned about alarm systems and other technical skills needed to do the more lucrative scores. He was retagging stolen cars and sending them to Atlanta at his own body shop by this time.

    • 21 min
    Richard Stout and Jack Garcia – The FBI Fight Dirty Cops

    Richard Stout and Jack Garcia – The FBI Fight Dirty Cops

    Retired KCPD Intelligence Unit Detective Gary Jenkins interviews retired FBI agents Richard Stout and Jack “Jack Falcone” Garica. Richard Stout worked on public corruption in South Florida during the 1980s. Agent Stout uncovered a small cabal of corrupt Broward county Florida cops. Together, these agents conducted an operation that snared the ringleader, former Deputy Richard Tauber, and another deputy Kevin Frankel. They also took down two civilians named Robert Baccari and Christopher Provenzano.

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    Agent Stout learned that Deputy Richard Tauber acted more like he was an organized crime associate than a deputy sheriff. He was able to insert an unc=dercover agent into Tauber’s circle and when the agent suggested that Tauber could earn a large payoff if he transported a large cache of stolen diamonds from Florida to New York. During the first meeting with this agent, Tauber openly bragged about how he could get anything done because of his police connections. He would later introduce his friends Baccari and Provenzano to help with future shipments of diamonds and what he thought was cocaine.

    Jack Garcia was introduced as the mafia boss from an unspecified Northeast mob family and these men continued bragging about how much they could do with the inside connections with all police departments because Tauber could always flash his badge and claim to be working his own undercover case.

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    • 54 min
    Family Secrets Trial Part 2

    Family Secrets Trial Part 2

    Chicago Outfit historian James Imlach tells listeners about watching Frank Calabrese Sr. testify on his own behalf and how he could not hold his anger back. He also describes how funny and engaging Joey Lombardo was when he took the stand in his defense. Finally, he describes the rambling testimony of former Chicago cop Twan Doyle and how he had other Chicago cops testify what a great cop he had been. Then he watched as the prosecutor asked this question of each character witness, “Did you ever go visit a mob boss in prison?”

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

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    • 33 min
    The Family Secrets Trial Part 1

    The Family Secrets Trial Part 1

    In Part one of a two-part series, Chicago Outfit historian James Imlach tells how he attended the entire Family Secrets trial in 2007. The Family Secrets investigation started on July 27, 1998. Outfit associate Frank Calabrese Jr. mailed a letter from prison to the FBI and said he was willing to cooperate and help the FBI make murder cases on his father, Frank Calabrese Sr. Hence, the codename of the investigation became Family Secrets. Frank Jr. requested to meet in person with FBI agents and promised he could give good information about his father’s murders and other Outfit activities.

    Frank Jr. had stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from his father to feed his lifestyle and cocaine habit. He was afraid his father would eventually have him murdered. During the next few months, Frank Jr. “wore a wire” on his own father inside the prison. The agents reviewing these tapes heard Frank Sr. bragging about his many crimes to his son. One of the most significant intercepts was details about the murder of Outfit member Frank Fecarotta in 1986. Frank Jr. also told them he had returned to the scene and retrieved the gun. More importantly, they learned that Frank Sr. lost a blood-stained gove at the scene. They reviewed the Chicago PD evidence and found they had recovered a blood-stained glove close to the murder scene.

    James Imlach provides a colorful and personal view of what it was like to sit through this two-month log trial. Some of the tidbits are a first-hand view of watching Frank Calabrese Sr. and Joey Lombardo testify in their own defense. Another is getting a first-hand account of watching a son testifying against his killer father in the same room less than a few yards away, that would be something to see.

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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.

    • 38 min
    Frank Balistreri and the Milwaukee Mob

    Frank Balistreri and the Milwaukee Mob

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    Gary talks to Milwaukee author and mob historian Gavin Schmitt about the history of the Milwaukee organized crime family. One of the first things we learn is that Milwaukee rarely enforced the Volstead Act and consequently, the mob was important in smuggling from Canada but inside the city of Milwaukee, it was hard to tell that alcohol was a banned substance. Gavin continues to explain the rise of the Frank Balistreri crime family.

    Frank Balistreri became to head of the Milwaukee family and he was instrumental in Midwest organized crime activities. Frank Balistreri and the Teamsters are the most current and important stories we discussed. He was able to help influence the Central State’s Teamster’s Pension Fund to loan money to Allen Glick to buy the Stardust casino. In return, Glick ensured the mob could skim money from the count rooms.

    Gavin Schmitt has several books on Milwaukee crime. For your purposes check out The Milwaukee Mafia: Mobsters in the Heartland

    Show notes by Gary Jenkins

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

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    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.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
434 Ratings

434 Ratings

Ng1104 ,

Great

Gary is awesome. Love the show!

Firebird3131 ,

Great mafia podcast

Very informative! The host knows his stuff and I appreciate that he is just himself and isn’t a phony. The interviews are good as well. Highly recommended.

yoga.aha ,

An extraordinarily brilliant history of crime in America

This is a fantastic podcast. Listened to in order it is a linear history of organized crime in America. It could be a college course. It is entertaining & funny also. (Jeff Nadu is simply not believable.) The book about Franzese sounds like nothing more than a mob vanity publication, let’s not romanticize murderers, that’s ridiculous fluff.

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