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1/4/2011, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Room: Main Theater
The Law vs. The Mob
Author: Mob Month
Every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in January 2011, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District will be featuring special guests and authors who’ve researched and written about organized crime, along with ex-mobsters from different syndicates across America who will share stories about their lives in and out of the Mob. All events are free admission & open to the public.
On January 4, Clark County Library welcomes four panelists: two from the right side of the law and two from the wrong side:
Retired FBI special agent Dennis Arnoldy led the team that arrested the infamous Hole In The Wall Gang; former mafia street soldier-turned-author/filmmaker Andrew DiDonato (Surviving The Mob) worked for the Gambino & Genovese crime families; ex-sheriff/ Internet talk show host Dennis Griffin is an author of 10 bestsellers including The Battle For Las Vegas– The Law vs. The Mob, Vegas Vixen, and Cullotta ; and ex-mobster/active government witness Salvatore ‘Fat Sal’ Mangiavillano whose testimony against mob instigators Peter Gotti & Huck Carbonaro resulted in their convictions.
Books and DVDs by DiDonato and Griffin will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation. For more information, please call 507-3458.
On January 18, the discussions will revolve around heavyweights from organized crime families in New York, New Jersey and Chicago who ended up in Las Vegas, what it was like turning on the Mob and working for the government, plus Hollywood memories from the Martin Scorsese movies Casino and Goodfellas.
Frank Cullotta of the Chicago Mob participated in the original Hole In The Wall Gang that pulled off the most notorious heist in Las Vegas and was mob technical advisor on the movie Casino; Andrew DiDonato worked for the Genovese & Gambino crime families in New York who later became a government informant and produced a documentary movie about his criminal life ; Dennis Griffin penned Cullotta, a biographical expose about Frank Cullotta’s life of crime; East Coast ex-mobster Henry Hill got the Hollywood treatment when his life story of working for the Lucchese crime family was portrayed by actor Ray Liotta in Goodfellas; and actor Craig Vincent played the cowboy who wouldn’t take his boots off the table in Casino and was also a technical advisor/stuntman for the movie. The Mob Museum is scheduled to open in 2011 and a presentation of mob related items will be donated to curator Kathleen Hickey Barrie on behalf of the Museum in an onstage ceremony.
Books and merchandise by DiDonato, Griffin & Hill will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation. For more information, please call 507-3458.
On January 25, the discussions will focus on what led to living a life of crime, the decision to leave that kind of life behind, protecting family and loved ones during the transition, and moving forward.
Andrew DiDonato worked for the Genovese and Gambino crime families in New York who later became a government informant and wrote the book Surviving The Mob which was later turned into a confessional style documentary film; Dennis Griffin penned several fiction & nonfiction books about organized crime including The Battle For Las Vegas, Policing Las Vegas, and Cullotta; plus a visit with special guest Mayor Oscar Goodman as he reminisces about his legal eagle days representing Mob kingpins. The Mob Museum is scheduled to open in 2011 and a presentation of mob related items will be donated to Mayor Goodman on behalf of the Museum in an onstage ceremony.