The Rise and Fall of Tony Spilotro

When Frank Cullotta and I began writing this manuscript we used the working title, Tony Spilotro- How the Chicago Mob Lost Las Vegas. It was true that Tony had made some bad decisions while functioning as the boss of Las Vegas. Those decisions helped cost the Mob control of Las Vegas and they also cost Tony his life.

As we proceeded with the story we knew the original title didn’t exactly capture what we wanted to say. We wanted to talk about Tony and what made him tick; about the chinks in the armor of the otherwise perfect Mob enforcer that made him expendable. We wanted to explain how Tony came to be the Mob’s man in Vegas, Arizona and Southern California and then lose it all and his life along with it. We changed the title, but included the Chicago Outfit’s ouster from Sin City with the story of Tony’s personal demise.


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