From 2008: Longtime Las Vegas high roller Jimmy Chagra died in Arizona last week. He gambled millions and was accused of putting a hit on a federal judge. In his life, he only granted one on-camera interview -- George Knapp of the I-Team tells us what Chagra had to say.More>>
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From 1982: Mobster Frank Cullotta was one of Tony Spilotro's inner circle. He joined Spilotro's crew back in Chicago then moved to Las Vegas when Tough Tony was sent here to control street rackets and protect the casino skimming operation.More>>
Casino executive Frank Lefty Rosenthal (the Ace Rothstein character in Casino, played by Robert Deniro) exited a restaurant on E. Sahara on the evening of October 5, 1982, climbed into his late-model Cadillac, and was nearly blown to bits by a car bomb that had been placed under the vehicle.More>>
One of the largest Mafia trials in American history is slated to begin in Chicago in May, and a key witness could be a former killer and thief who roamed Las Vegas during the heyday of the local mob. Frank Cullotta talked with the I-Team's George Knapp. Watch the extended interview.More>>
At least 18 unsolved gangland murders could finally be solved. One former Las Vegas mobster says he's ready to tell the court what he knows about those crimes. Frank Cullotta has been in hiding for 25 years but he surfaced long enough to give an exclusive interview to the I-Team's George Knapp. Watch the extended interview.More>>
The mafia is supposedly long gone from Las Vegas casinos, but does that mean they've left town altogether? Hear the fascinating stories of Tony the Butcher for the first time anywhere in exclusive reports form the I-Team's George Knapp.More>>
A former mob associate who helped the FBI infiltrate organized crime enterprises in both Las Vegas and New York is living in an undisclosed location and under a new name because a lawman leaked his name in court. Chief Investigative Reporter George Knapp has an interesting footnote to the life of a mob associate.More>>
When gangsters with Gotti's crime family heard about a mysterious black box device being used to steal from escort companies, they sent a fearsome crew to town to fix the problem. The person most responsible for stopping them is a former mob associate who gave his first and only interview to the I-Team's George Knapp.More>>
"The Outfit" once had considerable control of casinos and street rackets in Las Vegas. Now, the remaining bosses will be prosecuted for eighteen unsolved murders. Among the witnesses will be former mob soldiers, including one time Las Vegas hitman Frank Cullotta.More>>
Jury selection begins in what might qualify as the last great Mafia trial in America. The last remnants of Chicago's crime family "The Outfit" are charged with numerous murders and other felonies. It's a trial with many Las Vegas connections. More>>
Mobster Frank Cullotta was one of Tony Spilotro's inner circle. He joined Spilotro's crew back in Chicago then moved to Las Vegas when Tough Tony was sent here to control street rackets and protect the casino skimming operation.
Cullotta was a master thief, part of the group that came to be known as the Hole in the Wall Gang for its audacious robberies in Las Vegas. But when the FBI was able to convince Cullotta that Spilotro had put a contract out on his life, Cullotta "flipped" and agreed to become a government witness.
He testified about murders he had been ordered to commit and many other crimes. His decision in 1982 to testify against fellow mobsters was a major development in the FBI's fight against organized crime in Las Vegas. The report above is how it aired back then.