“Inside Stories” at The Mob Museum invites you into the dark world of organized crime

We all got a kick out of mobster movies like “Casino,” “A Bronx Tale,” “The Godfather” and “Goodfellas.” If you were a fan of any of these, you’re going to love The Mob Museum’s upcoming series, “Inside Stories.”

Historic courtroom where the Kefauver hearings in Las Vegas took place. Now part of the mob museum.

Unlike the movies, you’ll hear from experts who dealt with notorious gangsters in real life. The series features Jack Garcia, an undercover FBI agent; G. Robert Blakey, a crime-fighting lawyer; and Dr. Mark Galeotti, a history expert on organized crime. Known as foremost authorities in their fields, Garcia, Galeotti and Blakey will share fascinating, true stories and on Sept. 19, Oct. 17, and Nov. 13, 2012, respectively.

“These individuals all have remarkable stories, expertise and influence in understanding and combating organized crime,” said Jonathan Ullman, executive director of The Mob Museum. “Along with the powerful insight they’ll provide, this is a unique way to delve deeper into the exhibition within the museum and share it with guests.”

To make the experience even more authentic, all three events will be held in the museum’s historic courtroom. This is the same courtroom that housed the Las Vegas hearings by the United States Senate Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce led by U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver. Enjoy a pre-event reception with hors d’oeurves and a complimentary cocktail. After each event, guests are welcome to join in a Q&A session. Tickets are limited and priced at $35 per event.

Considered one of the most successful undercover agents in the history of the FBI, Garcia is the first speaker in the series. Garcia spent 24 of his 26 years in the FBI as an undercover agent with more than 100 assignments. He is best-known for his undercover role as “Jack Falcone,” a self-described Sicilian jewel thief and drug dealer who infiltrated the Gambino crime family in New York. The case resulted in the arrests and convictions of 39 mobsters, including the top members of the post John Gotti-Gambino crime family. Garcia is the author of the book “Making Jack Falcone,” a detailed account of some of his undercover cases and experiences with the FBI.

Dr. Mark Galeotti shares his expertise on the rise of organized crime in Russia and how it how it later affected international security. Galeotti serves as academic chair for New York University’s center for global affairs. In addition to writing more than a dozen books, Galeotti is a specialist in transnational organized crime, security affairs and modern Russia. In his fieldwork, Galeotti encountered the rise of a new generation of gangsters filling up the decaying Soviet Union. He was one of the first to recognize this as an emerging security concern. He also founded the Organized Russian & Eurasian Crime Research Unit at Keele University in England, the only unit in Europe specializing in organized crime.

Rounding out the speaker series is Notre Dame law professor, G. Robert Blakey.  Blakey is an expert on organized crime and an authority on the JFK assassination. In the late ’60s, he campaigned for and helped draft much of the anti-racketeering legislation (RICO Act) that had a major impact on organized crime. He will address organized crime’s rise and fall in America and the role it played in JFK’s assassination.

All three “Inside Stories” events take place from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at The Mob Museum. Tickets for the first event are available August 22. Call (702) 724-8641 or order at the box office. Seating is limited and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.


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