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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.

    Nick “Nick the Blade” Gesuale

    Nick “Nick the Blade” Gesuale

    Nick The Blade – early years

    Eugene “Nick the Blade” Gesuale was a notorious Capo in the Genovese Crime Family. He also was the infamous “Pittsburgh Connect” in the movie Goodfellas and the guy that sup[plied narcotics to Henry Hill. Nick the Blade Gesuale grew up in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh. He stared in the mob as a numbers runner like many other budding young gangsters.  He dropped out of Central Catholic High School and started learning the trade of cutting hair at the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy. He will use this skill during his many years in prison. This seems like an unusual occupation for the real tough gangster Gesuale, but he was as tough as they come. The cops arrested Nick the Blade as many as 13-14 times from 1959 to 1981. The prosecutor could never get a conviction because all the witnesses refused to testify. Gesuale got this nickname, Nick the Blade, after he sued a knife in several fights. I found stories about his famous temper and knife ability like he sliced up a man’s face for checking out his girlfriend and he supposedly stabbed a guy at a brawl after a basketball game. The Pittsburgh police arrested him for many assaults in the 1970s and ’80s, including a shooting in a parking lot, and after they arrested him for running over a man with his car. As usual, no convictions because the victims refused to cooperate with the prosecution.

    Nick the Blade in Prison

    It was reported in Real Crime magazine a prisoner once said that Nick the Blade was a throwback gangster who did not “mess around” and “if he had a problem with you, he would tell you and if it was serious, he would strap up and you would not see it coming even at 70 years old.”

    The Genovese Family in Pittsburgh

    Most people think that the Genovese Family was restricted to New York City but they often had small enclaves of territory in upstate New York and in Pennsylvania. The mob has been active in western Pennsylvania since the 1920s because it was prime territory for bootlegging during Prohibition and there was already a sizable Sicialian populatio. The Genovese branch in Pittsburgh has been well konw for running narcoitics, gambling, loansharking and labor racketeering in Steel City for many years. FBI records show that  Nick the Blade Gesuale “made his bones” for the gangland murder of  a low level gangster named Alphonse Marano in 1967. The Pitsburgh underboss Joseph “Jo Jo” Pecora ordered this maan murdered becuse he had unknowlingly introduced an undercover IRS agent to himslef and other mobsters. Later after the resulting investigaiton the IRS arrested Pecora at the mob Marano’s social club where Marano was runing a interstate gambling racket.

    Nick the Blade and Narcotics

    Nick the Blade Gesuale became a well-known and notorious feared mobster by the 1980s. Another criminal reported to Real Cime that he was Pittsburgh’s biggest heroin trafficker by the 1908s. A judge would describe him as vicious, amoral, and that he was “as bad as it gets” in the criminal underworld. The IRS claimed he had earned as much as a million dollars in 1980 dollars during this time. He was a kilo weight dealer.   Throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, Nick the Blade was one of Pittsburgh biggest narcotic’s traffickers. The Pittsburgh mafia bosses used Nick the Blade as an enforcer because they knew he was an all-in Mafia member and would practice the code of Omerta. He was a liaison between Outlaw bikers and the Mafia because he was in the narcotics business with the bikers.

    Fearsome Drug Kingpin and the Goodfellas connection

    A Pennsylvania Crime Commission report in 1990 claimed the LaRocca/Genovese La Cosa Nostra family and the Pagans motorcycle gang were the largest and most feared narcotics organization in western Pennsylvania. The FBI once asked the Pittsburgh mob boss, John LaRocca,

    • 36 min
    Gotti in USP Marion

    Gotti in USP Marion

    John Gotti Arrives

    In this reboot of an old podcast, I talk with my friend David Layman who was a guard at the federal prison at Marion. He describes the day Gotti arrived at the Reception and Diagnostic Unit. David said men gathered around looking and watching like a movie star was being processed. He heard people yelling how much they loved Gotti, how they would do anything for him, and other expressions of admiration for the former mob boss. David tells about the day-to-day life of the famous mob boss inside the walls of Marion. Learn more about his relationship with the feared prison gang, the Aryan Brotherhood. David noticed Gotti sat with the leaders of the AB at meals. He observed that during this time the Aryan Brotherhood engaged in business-like conversations with Gotti. He claimed that after meeting Gotti, the feared prison gang changed some tactics and did not rise to minor slights or signs of disrespect from other prisoners. They maintained a more business-like demeanor.   

    Gotti takes a beat-down

    David was the second guard to arrive on the scene when Walter Johnson was beating Gotti down. We get an insider’s version of both the events leading up to the beating and the aftermath. Gotti will die in prison and Walter Johnson will be released. Johnson does not stay out long until he is convicted of killing a Washington DC police officer.

    Show notes by Gary Jenkins

     

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    • 29 min
    Jesus Ruiz Henao aka Mr. Big

    Jesus Ruiz Henao aka Mr. Big

    Jesus Ruiz Henao

    Gary interviews the well-known true crime author Ron Chepesiuk and Jesus Ruiz Henao (aka Mr. Big).  Gary gets the inside story of the largest single cocaine supplier to Great Britain during the 1990s. The famous English law enforcement organization known as MI-5 reported to British newspapers that when they took down the Henao organization, the price of cocaine increased by 50%.  Henao tells the story of a young immigrant who works hard to establish himself in the cocaine business in Columbia. He gets an opportunity to help expand his bosses operation to Europe

    Jesus Ruiz Henao and the Sicilians

    Ron Chepesiuk and Jesus tell how his Columbian boss sent him to meet with the Sicilian mafia in Sicily. They liked what he had to say so much that they directed him to meet with a member of the mafia in London England. He learned that the British Isles are considered an open market with lax law enforcement to cocaine smuggling and drug use in general. He takes this information back to Columbia and over the next few years, they set up a supply line of cocaine from Columba to ports in Spain and Portugal where the cocaine is transported overland to England. Along the way, he bribes border guards, customs officials, and various law enforcement officers to keep out of trouble. During this time Jesus Ruiz Henao maintained a very low profile while living in England. He even went so far as to keep a regular job as a delivery driver to maintain his cover.



    Show notes by Gary Jenkins

    To go to the store or make a donation 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.

    • 33 min
    Polly Adler: The Madam to the Mob

    Polly Adler: The Madam to the Mob

    Madam Polly Adler

    Non-fiction author Debby Applegate discusses the famous New York madam Polly Adler. We learn how Ms. Adler came to America as a Russian Immigrant Jew and how she rose to prominence and achieved a certain amount of fame in New York Society in the same manner as other Jewish emigrants like Meyer Lansky. With most other opportunities denied her because she was Jewish, she turned to crime. Starting from the Brownsville Jewish ghetto in New York City, she learned that the only work available to her would result in a lifetime of drudgery and starvation. When a pregnancy results from date rape, Polly turned to a back alley abortionist. From this start, Polly Adler decided she is a ruined woman and turned to prostitution.

    Polly Adler and the Mob

    During prohibition, law enforcement directed a lot of attention toward the existing house of prostitution. Like the speakeasies, this drove the prostitutes underground. Polly Adler was an organizer and a natural leader. She rented an apartment and started a “Call House.” She had a book of clients that was growing all the time. She entertained men at her house and called in other girls. The famous gambler and mob fixer of the World Series, Arnold Rothstein took notice and admired her business sense. He gave her his approval among his underworld pals and her business grew.  She was introduced to Lucky Luciano,  Dutch Schultz, and Frank Costello among others. Lucky always used her girls when he wanted to entertain out-of-town guests. Dutch Schultz and Polly Adler had a strong relationship to the point that when Schultz was on the run from Tom Dewey’s men and other gangsters, he hid out in Polly’s house.

    Show notes by Gary Jenkins

    To go to the store or make a donation 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.

    • 56 min
    Giovanni Rocco Undercover with the Mob

    Giovanni Rocco Undercover with the Mob

    Giovanni Rocco

    Giovanni Rocco tells Gary his experiences as he infiltrated the DeCavalcante crime family AKA The Real Sopranos. Rocco was able to gain the confidence of the DeCavalcante hierarchy. He tells about the problems and rewards of working undercover on extended investigations that took years. He uses the tough guy characters he saw as he grew up in a working-class family in Bayonne New Jersey. He was a cop’s kid but also a wayward kid who is bored and looking for action. He started working the mean streets of northeast Jersey as a telephone repairman. He joins a police department and because of his father. Once he pays his dues as a patrol officer, because of his local accent and attitude, his Chief puts him undercover in a biker gang. This starts Giovanni Rocco on a long career of working so far undercover that at times he forgets who he really is.

    Charlie “The Hat” Stango

    Giovanni Rocco assumes the identity of Giovanni Gatto as he moves closer to an organized crime crew headed by Charlie Stango. Giovanni Rocco was part of a DEA/FBI task force and they provide him with “swag” or property that he can use to give the appearance that he has access to stolen property. He used these high-end designer clothes and shoes to trade for cocaine. Stango takes notice of Giovanni Rocco aka Gatto and recruits him into his crew as an associate. From here he will help make cases on many New Jersey mobsters. At the end of this investigation, the Feds placed Giovanni and his wife into Witness Protection and they now live under new identities. Giovanni Rocco uses his experiences in working undercover to help other former law enforcement officers who experience PTSD from their work.

    Show notes by Gary Jenkins

    To go to the store or make a donation 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.

    • 35 min
    1989 Year of the Stool Pigeon William Jahoda

    1989 Year of the Stool Pigeon William Jahoda

    William Jahoda

    William Jahoda was an Outfit gambler connected to Rocco Infelise, the ruthless consigliere of the Chicago mob. He and others run the most profitable gambling house in Chicago. The entire operation is dubbed the Good Ship Lollipop. At first, under Solly DeLaurentis, the Lake County crew are making money and not making any waves. This operation turns into a mess of greed, jealousy, and murder. After William Jahoda is forced to lure a couple of men to their deaths, he becomes disillusioned. Then he falls in love with a girl who recently dated his crew’s boss Solly DeLaurentis and he knows this could mean death for him. He decided to become a government witness. He contacts Thomas Moriarty of the IRS Intelligence unit because he has heard that Infeliise has a federal agent on his payroll. Moriarty is well now to be a straight incorruptible agent. Jahoda will meet with Moriarity and wear a wire on his Outfit bosses.

     

    Show notes by Gary Jenkins

    To go to the store or make a donation 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.

    • 12 min

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Fun time

Fantastic podcast. Host is great and has a funny personality. Love the history of mobsters than this is you’re place!!!

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Such a personable detective

I think I came to Gary's podcast by way of the Mobbed Up podcast. It is definitely worth listening to. I am not that into mob podcasts but I look forward to hearing Gary. I haven't given him a beer or a cup of coffee but I thought I could at least (and it is litterally the very least I can do) go to the trouble of updating this silly iTunes software and signing into this app I do not use just to leave a five star review and to thank Gary for making his show. I wouldn't mind if he started including real ad reads if it would help him keep doing it.

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This is a GOOD podcast !

Informed sources. A behind the scenes look at Mafia characters and their stories. NO COMMERCIAL interruptions. The narrative flows. Enjoy the interviews with original members as well as the knowledgable authors who have researched their subjects.

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