| Oct 1, 2012
| 6:27 AM
"Life's better with friends." - Gyp Rosetti
Like most men, Nucky Thompson dreams about bacon. Unlike most men, he also dreams about dead choirboys. Yes, the whole "assassinating your surrogate son" thing is finally starting to catch up to Nucky, and it's...
| Nov 1, 2010
| 4:34 AM
After seven episodes, "Boardwalk Empire" has finally found its first iconic character. I don't mean to say that the other characters on the show are bad, not at all. I like the way that Nucky's intelligence causes him to overestimate......
| Feb 14, 2012
| 4:38 PM
Vegas Mob Museum: A Las Vegas museum dedicated to the history of organized crime in the city opened Tuesday....
| Sep 15, 2012
| 4:32 PM
So many razor-edged bad people swagger about Terence Winter’s Boardwalk Empire that, even having shed one of its primary POV characters, it is instantly, retoxifyingly addictive as the epic criminal sojourn of Nucky Thompson and Atlantic City...
| May 4, 2011
One of the many things to admire about Philip Kerr's long-running Bernie Gunther series is the way the novels seamlessly blend the complex antihero's personal history with that of Germany before, during and after World War II. From the first novel, "March...
| Jan 2, 2011
To Millicent Siegel Rosen, her father was a loving parent. She knew nothing of his life as one of America's most notorious gangsters — and to this day, does her best to steer the conversation away from her father's infamy.
"I adored my father," she...
| Jul 5, 2008
Cuban writer Jose Lezama Lima's description of Havana—"an unnameable feast"—fits the city's last great era like the flawless suits from Pepe Sastre fit the best-dressed mobsters of the glittering casino years.
Here was a posh gambling scene...
| Dec 9, 2009
It is odd how history often bequeaths to us iconic names bereft of personality.
Helen Gahagan Douglas, once a paladin of California's progressive politics and a congressional stalwart of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, is such a name. To the extent she'...
| Sep 19, 2010
NEW YORK -- Steve Buscemi does not bear much physical resemblance to Enoch "Nucky" Johnson, the tall, broad-shouldered political boss whose 30-year rule of Atlantic City inspired HBO's new Prohibition-era drama "Boardwalk Empire."
But that ended up...
| Jul 6, 2007
Before Tony Soprano or Don Corleone or Tony Montana there was Lucky Luciano -- the real-life patriarch of modern organized crime.
Luciano was the Sicilian immigrant who rose to power in the Mafia in the U.S. in the 1920s and transformed it into a...
| Mar 17, 2008
Las Vegas, a city forged on gambling, booze and flesh, has been strangely reluctant -- and perhaps a little nervous -- to make money off its mob roots. Until now.
On a recent drizzly night, a small, white Vegas Mob Tour bus rumbled past aging strip...
| Oct 9, 2009
Even before its incorporation 53 years ago, Lighthouse Point has attracted good folks and Good Fellas. Cap's Place epitomizes that legacy, from its speakeasy and casino beginnings during Prohibition to what it is today, 81-years later -- a romantic and...