For many years people have flocked to Las Vegas for the opportunity to ‘get rich quick’ on the gaming tables, and get ‘hitched’ in one of the many Wedding Chapels that adorn the city.For those in a rush, there are even ‘Drive Thru’ options. In less time than it takes to order a couple of Whoppers and Fries,  you can get married.

A perennial favorite however is to be married by Elvis. Lets face it, what married couple would not be happy to share their wedding photo’s with their grandchildren 50 years from now and explain that Elvis performed the ceremony?

Well it looks like Elvis has some competition. For decades Las Vegas was controlled by the Mob. Vegas offered the ideal and fertile ground for the East Coast based American Mafia to flourish. Well folks the Mob is back! Well sort of…

I received an email from my good friend Denny Griffin, he is an author who specializes in all things Mob and a resident of Las Vegas. Here is the press release:

The Mob Is Active In Las Vegas Again. Only This Time They Are Working Within The Law

Have you ever played cards with a real Mob hit man? Gone bar-hopping in a limo with a bank robber? Smoked a cigar and swapped stories with a man whose testimony helped put some of the most dangerous men in American organized crime behind bars? Most people haven’t. But a new business opening in Las Vegas is making it possible for those scenarios and more to be realized by those seeking a truly unique experience in Sin City.

This novel approach is being offered by Real Wiseguys, a newly formed Las Vegas-based company. They are providing marriage-minded couples looking for a different kind of wedding an alternative to having an Elvis impersonator unite them in matrimony. Instead, they can be Married By The Mob.

That’s right, former mobsters are now ordained as ministers, will actually perform the wedding ceremony. Real Wiseguys is offering a variety of packages that feature having a wiseguy or two attend a pre-wedding bachelor party and/or the reception after the wedding. Additional events that can be booked include wiseguy-attended poker and cigar parties. But possibly the most intriguing is the get made party, at which attendees will go through a ritual to become made men in the Las Vegas family.

The company Website lists local independent wedding-related businesses, such as florists, limo services, jewelers, banquet facilities, and others that wedding organizers may need to contact.

Real Wiseguys events are done for entertainment and fun. A portion of the proceeds from each event will be donated to local Las Vegas charities, or to a charity specified by the client.

For security reasons, Real Wiseguys will have no direct contact or relationship with the former Wiseguys or law enforcement personnel that participate in the activities or events provided. Appearances of former mobsters and lawmen are arranged through BEAR Media Consultants, LLC, an independent contractor.

I took a look at the web site for Real Wiseguys and was impressed. This is a pretty interesting lineup of ex-mobsters and ex-Law Enforcement. Through Denny Griffin I have talked to all of them at one time or another.

Who would not like to spend some quality time with such people as:

Frank Cullotta – Associate of the Chicago Outfit and right-hand man to feared Outfit enforcer Anthony Spilotro in Las Vegas. He formed the infamous Hole in the Wall Gang.
William “Billy” Cutolo Jr. of the Colombo crime family. Billy’s father was “Wild Bill” Cutolo, Colombo family underboss.

Former Gambino crime family associate Andrew DiDonato, author of Surviving The Mob

FBI undercover agent Jack Garcia, the agent that almost became a ‘Made man’

They are all have very unique stories. Although I have spoken to all of them, I would indeed love to sit down and chat with them over a cold beverage. They look like mobsters, they sound like mobsters, they are ex-mobsters!

If you decide to spend some time with these Wise Guys ask Andrew DiDonato to tell his story about the bank heist, you will still be laughing long after your airplane leaves McCaron.

Or ask Denny Griffin or Frank Cullotta how an almost three decades old double murder was solved.

I wonder if Jan wants to renew our wedding vows? I know just the place!

Simon Barrett

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