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Friday, January 27, 2012

Married at the the Mob Museum

The following story appeared January 27, 2012 in the Las Vegas Sun:

MARRIED AT THE MOB MUSEUM: The Mob Museum, National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and have announced Married at the Mob Museum, a promotion to award seven couples with a unique opportunity to wed, renew vows or formally commit to each another at the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day.
Former Mayor Oscar Goodman, who is chairman of LVCVA’s host committee, will conduct the ceremony. The winning couples will be flown to Las Vegas courtesy of LVCVA and receive a three-day, two-night stay in the Cabana Suites at the El Cortez once owned by Bugsy Siegel. The prize package also includes flowers by Gaia, photography, a champagne brunch at Mob Bar after the morning ceremony and a $250 shopping spree at Fashion Show. Winners also receive expedited marriage licenses on Feb. 13.

Want to know more about Las Vegas's Mob Museum? Check these links for more info: and

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Crime Beat Radio: Hot new topics

Crime Beat Radio Show

Strategic Media Books

Crime Beat Radio Show's Upcoming Schedule for January 12, 2012, through March 8, 2012, features Tupac’s murder Investigation, International arms trafficking, the Montreal mafia, Chicago’s Outfit, Mexico’s War on drugs, and much more

January, 2012— Crime Beat: Issues, Controversies and Personalities from the darkside on Artist First World Radio Network is pleased to announce its forthcoming schedule for January 12, 2012, through March 8, 2012. Topics covered include the Tupac and Biggie Smalls murder cases, the international arms trade, the Mexican border war, Chicago’s notorious Mafia, the Outfit, and more. Here is the lineup:
  • January 12, Greg Kading, author of  Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations. Kading, an LA detective, worked on both cases and provides an inside look. See Read more..
  • January 19, The Weasel: A Double Life in the Mob - authors, Marvin Elkind and Adrian Humphries. The remarkable story of Marvin Elkind, who learned that, as a career informant, he was a far better fink than he ever was a crook.
  • January 26, ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW - Andre Cedilot and Andre Noel, authors of Mafia Inc: The Long. Bloody Reign of Canada's Siclian Clan. See this link for more information.  Previous guest Jack Garcia, author of the best selling Making Jack Falcone, will provide an update of his career and activities...  
  • February 2,  Luellen Smiley, daughter of Allen Smiley, Bugsy Siegel's best friend and business partner, who will talk about growing Up with gangsters. Read more..
  • February 9,  Sylvia Longmire, author of Cartel: The Coming Invasion of the Mexico's Drug Wars. Border security expert Longmire takes listeners deep into the heart of a dangerous underground that will do whatever it takes to deliver drugs to a willing audience of consumers. Read more..
  • February 16, Evan Wright, co-author of American Desperado: My Life--From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset. Wright will discuss the remarkable life of Jon Roberts, the de-facto “transportation chief” of the Medellin Cartel during the 1980s and the star of the documentary “Cocaine Cowboys.” Read more..
  • February 23, Kathi Lynn Austin, arms trafficking, executive director of Conflict Awareness Project who for nearly 20 years has carried out in-depth field investigations into the illegal trade in weapons. Austin will talk about her role in tracking and bringing to justice Victor Bout, history’s biggest arms dealer. Also, previous guest Lou Diaz, retired DEA agent and author of Dancing with the Devil, will provide an update on his life and activities. Read more..
  • March 1, Frank Cullotta: author of Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster and Government Witness. Cullotta will provide an inside look at Chicago’s Mafia, The Outfit.. Read more..
  • March 8,  Stacy Dittrich, award-winning author and decorated 17 year veteran police officer and former detective specializing in sex crime cases, will talk about police work, her writing career and crime issues in the news. Read more...

On the air since January 28, 2011, Crime Beat is a weekly hour-long radio program that airs every Thursday at 8 p.m. EST.  Crime Beat presents fascinating topics that bring listeners closer to the dynamic underbelly of the world of crime. Guests have included ex- mobsters, undercover law enforcement agents, sports officials, informants, prisoners, drug dealers and investigative journalists, who have provided insights and fresh information about the world’s most fascinating subject: crime.

Crime Beat is currently averaging 100,000 listeners plus each week, and the figure is growing. Crime Beat is hosted by award-winning crime writer and documentary producer Ron Chepesiuk ( and broadcast journalist and freelance writer Will Hryb.

Ronald Herd I1, the popular Internet radio host and regular listener of Crime Beat, said: "Crime Beat sounds like an organized crime greatest hits collection...I am loving it!" Tom Hart of Atlanta, Georgia, writes: “I am a BIG fan of your show and enjoy the variety of guests you have on your show.. “Keep up the good work.”  

Crime Beat airs weekly every Thursday at 8 P.M. EST on the Artist First World Radio Network at 
To contact the Crime Beat radio program for interviews, e-mail or call 803-366-5440.