Gary Jenkins served 25 years with the Kansas City Police Department. He was assigned to investigate the Mob for 13 of those 25 years. He attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law and is a practicing attorney. He produced 3 Documentary films. The first was Negroes to Hire: Slave Life in Antebellum Missouri. The second was Freedom Seekers: Stories From the Western Underground Railroad. The third was Gangland Wire: How the Mob Lost Las Vegas. He created and maintains a popular smart phone app called, Kansas City Mob Tour. He is a speaker on the subject of the Underground Railroad on the western frontier and the Mafia in Kansas City, Missouri. He has written one Young Adult historical fiction titled, John Brown and the Last Train.
Gary's most recent project is his fun and interesting true crime podcast, Gangland Wire. He co-hosts this lively and exciting show. Gary's cohost is Aaron Gnirk, comedian and producer of the Big Dumb Fun Show.
In 1976, Gary was assigned to Operation Strawman. He helped the F.B.I. follow Kansas City Mafia members to learn which pay phones they were using to call their mob contacts in Las Vegas. You will find an account of his work in the popular book, Casino by Nicholas Pileggi.
Leaving Vegas is a unique read, especially for true crime aficionados, as it provides verbatim transcripts of the actual wiretaps. Jenkins provides contextual explanations and behind-the-scenes scenarios as agents inserted themselves and their listening devices into the places where mobsters made phone calls to their operatives in Vegas and even where they gathered for pasta and family pow-wows.
Published: July 1, 2016.
Fiction » Historical » USA
This is the story of John Brown's last raid on Missouri slave farms and the transport of captured slaves to freedom in Canada. Told in the words of the slaves, this historic fiction is richly illustrated and contains several historic sidebars.