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Mobsters

Mobsters

Episode Description

He grew up in an Italian neighborhood on the west side of Chicago, but rather than follow his father into the restaurant business, Tony Spilotro looked for a criminal education on the streets. He got involved in Chicago's most powerful organized crime family, known as the "Outfit." Spilotro proved his worth to the bosses by carrying out the heavy, or violent, work. In 1971 Spilotro caught his big break when the Outfit moved him to Las Vegas. There he oversaw the gang's casino interests, virtually ruling the city. In time, Spilotro's lust, greed and ambition brought numerous problems for the Chicago leadership. In the 1980s indictments stacked up against Spilotro until June 1986 when he returned to Chicago and disappeared. Two weeks later, his body was found--Tony had been beaten to death and buried in an Indiana cornfield. In 1995 the story of Spilotro's Las Vegas exploits became the basis for director Martin Scorsese's film, Casino.

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