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Chicago mob expert Gus Russo comes to Mob Museum

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Author and Chicago Mafia expert Gus Russo will visit the Mob Museum in Las Vegas on April 19 to discuss the Outfit’s history and its most notorious bosses during a new edition of Author Talk. The event starts at 7 p.m. and will be concluded with a book signing by Russo. Admission is free for members.

Giancana. Spilotro. Rosenthal. The Stardust. The Tropicana. The Desert Inn. The Skim. The Greed. The Ruthlessness. How the Mob brought about its own ruin in this city. “Casino” only tells part of the story.

Russo will provide insight into “the little-known story of the Chicago crime family known as The Outfit, the secretive organized crime cartel that began its reign in Prohibition-era Chicago,” the museum’s press release states. “Their tentacles spreading to Hollywood, Washington, D.C., and finally, Las Vegas.”

Gus Russo wrote “The Outfit: The Role of Chicago’s Underworld in the Shaping of Modern America,” “Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and his Criminal Associates Became America’s Hidden Power Brokers,” “Gangsters and Goodfellas,” “Boomer Days” and “Live by the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK.” “Gangsters and Goodfellas,” co-written with the later mobster Henry Hill, was the sequel to Hill’s “Wiseguy,” the basis of the movie “Goodfellas.”

He also has co-written and produced several documentaries as well as served as a consultant to Hollywood screenwriters. In 2013, he produced a two-hour television special, hosted by Tom Brokaw for NBC News, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination. He has worked as an investigative reporter for PBS Frontline, ABC News Special Reports with Peter Jennings, Dan Rather’s CBS Reports and Jack Anderson Specials. He has served as a consultant for “Sixty Minutes” and “Eye to Eye with Connie Chung” and has worked with Robert De Niro, Seymour Hersh, Gerald Posner and Academy-Award winning director Nigel Nobel.

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