The Vegas Mob Tour was created for anyone interested in the history of Las Vegas and the old mafia association here. The tour guide is none other than Frank Cullotta. Former real-life mobster, Cullotta became a collaborating witness for the government, testifying against his former associates after key Las Vegas player Tony Spilotro tried to kill him over Cullotta’s knowledge of Spilotro’s affair with the partner. from the mob, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal’s wife, Geri.
As the tour begins, Cullotta smiles and greets the passengers. Maybe not what you would call a full-blown smile, that wouldn’t fit her style. Now in his seventies, Cullotta is a man who has lived an incredibly interesting life. As we step off the sidewalk, Cullotta starts talking hungrily as if his time as a mobster was yesterday. There is something about the way the story begins, with hints and simple glimpses of what lies beyond. This inevitably hooks your audience.
Former mobster Tony Spilotro kept in touch with Cullotta after Spilotro moved to Las Vegas, often calling to ask Cullotta to come here. Cullotta always rejected Spilotro, but when Spilotro called in 1979 and asked, “Frankie, I have a lot going on and I need you a lot here.” Frank Cullotta was ready to leave Chicago and accept the offer and replied, “I’m on my way.”
Once in Las Vegas, Cullotta acted as Tony Spilotro’s enforcer, directing Spilotro’s robbery, extortion, murder arm and casino robbery. Cullotta and Spilotro’s friendship dates back to their old neighborhood when they were children growing up in Chicago.
It is an understatement to say that Cullotta has been through some difficult situations and has come out on the other side. He spent time in a federal institution before being paroled into the Witness Protection Program and tells tour bus passengers that he has received immunity or that the statute of limitations expired long ago for his crimes.
In the 1970s and 1980s, the Chicago mob presence in Las Vegas stole large amounts of cash from various local casinos. It was this era that the 1995 movie Casino, shot in Las Vegas, describes. In the film, actress Sharon Stone played Geri, the wife of Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, Robert De Niro played “Lefty” Rosenthal, and Joe Pesci played Tony Spilotro.
Frank Cullotta could give the kind of detail to the film that only someone who had lived it could offer to capture the real mood and detail. When he left the Witness Protection Program, Cullotta was hired by director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Nick Pileggi as a technical consultant during the production of Casino, and Cullotta also acted in the film. Cullotta remains friends with some members of the film’s crew.
During the tour, Cullotta accepts questions and candidly answers about mob jobs, locations, and mob members. When asked how many times he had been married, Cullotta replied three times. When pressed to explain, he responded with a twinkle in his eye: “My first marriage was too young. My second wife divorced me when I went to jail and my third wife divorced me when I did not go to jail. the jail”.
The Vegas Mob Tour and Frank Cullotta invite you to become a part of mob history by taking tour visitors to see many of the sights in Las Vegas that once made headlines. Frank Cullotta will pose for pictures with you in front of the house that was used in the movie Casino like Frank and Geri Rosenthal’s.
Cullotta’s tour presentation ends with a pizza party where he again poses for photos and signs books for those interested in buying books about his life as a “Chicago criminal, Las Vegas mobster and government witness.” Explore Vegas Now Tours markets the Vegas Mob Tour.