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The Sewers of Vegas
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
May 14, 2007
lights were turned on, the agent tells, and the officers’ eyes adjusted
a little, guys became nauseated by what they saw. Nobody wanted to go
near the seats... And the lab turned up nine different types of semen
from one seat. - Joshua Longobardy
sewers of Paris yielded gold, jewels and relics of the revolution. And
thousands of people lived in the subway and train tunnels of New York
City. What secrets do the Las Vegas storm drains keep? What's beneath
the neon? -
LAS VEGAS - From a blood and semen soaked
topless bar, to the sewers of Vegas, this past week two authors bravely
exposed the darkest secrets of our town.
When a young writer came calling at my home over six weeks ago, I
welcomed him with my usual skepticism. Many writers over the years have picked my brain on the subject of the
Crazy Horse Too. But none have inspired me to open my files and share
all my research and sources -- until Joshua Longobardy knocked on the
The 26 year old former editor of the UNLV
Rebel Yell had taken a job with my nemesis Brian
Greenspun at his family's Las Vegas
Weekly and was given the leeway to write an investigative
word feature article on the LV strip club scene.
Knowing Brian has carried a childish grudge against me since our high
school days, and that I once penned an article entitled "Brian is a poor excuse
for a Greenspun," I realized up front that I would be an unnamed
source in spite of Joshua's best effort to give professional credits, and that could be a good thing!
My main concern has always
been to get this story told. I don't seek credit, or to be sued for defamation.
I just want the violence and
political corruption to end. (The Weekly
has a much larger local audience than AmericanMafia.com, and
Brian Greenspun has much deeper pockets than Rick Porrello or me, so it
will be interesting to see if the Greenspun Media Group gets sued for
libel even though the story in 100% factual. Attorneys for the Crazy
Horse have a propensity to sue
or try to gag reporters to discourage the truth from being told.)
Joshua immediately zeroed in
on INSIDE VEGAS articles
from 2002 to the present,
many of which tell the tragic story of the Crazy Horse Too and those
who enable it to remain in business. He also studied my Rick Rizzolo Connection website.
Asking the most well thought out questions I've ever been asked by a
reporter on the subject, I soon realized Joshua fully intended to
reveal one of our town's best kept secrets -- how organized crime has
corrupted our politicians, law enforcement, and judicial system to
allow the depraved owners to continue to this day the extortion,
prostitution, drug sales, robbery, and violence at their Industrial
Road topless bar.
I told Joshua about our paid
off mayor; several paid off police
officers; the paid off district
attorney; and a paid off judge.
I told him how cops, paramedics, and firemen were comped
in the back
room so they didn't file reports on any of the over 700 calls for
police or paramedic service in 3 years. I told him how a local reporter
accepts favors from Rick Rizzolo, squelched news stories and possibly
tipped him off that the Feds were about to conduct a raid. I told
Joshua that Rizzolo and his silent
partners who I named, still own and run the club with a straw
man fronting the operation with a paid off city official helping to
preserve the liquor license. I explained that someone
in Washington D.C. reportedly told the Department of Justice to "go
easy" on Rizzolo and his partners, then fired the U.S. Attorney when he
Joshua took careful notes and studied the Internet links I provided. I also arranged
interviews with eyewitnesses, victims, Buffalo Jim Barrier, private
detectives, and the disgusted FBI agent who told me about the D.O.J.
thwarting their prosecution after ten years of hard work. All my
sources readily cooperated with Joshua,
though no one from the police, district attorney's office, courthouse,
or city hall agreed to be interviewed.
Now I wish to share Joshua Longobardy's excellent front page story with
Rise and Fall of Crazy Horse Too" for a fascinating look at our
town's biggest ongoing disgrace.
(Editor's note: Crews of unidentified men were observed removing all
copies of the Las Vegas Weekly
from news stands several hours after the magazine hit the streets.
Because its a free publication, such an act is not illegal.)
BENEATH THE NEON
Matt O'Brien is the News Editor of Las Vegas CityLife.
In his new book, "Beneath
The Neon," Matt goes underground -- literally -- to tell the story
of those who exist under the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip.
While tourists cavort on the streets above, the losers have found a
sanctuary of sorts in the depths of our city's storm drain system.
"Armed with a flashlight, tape recorder and expandable baton for
protection, I sought to answer these questions," wrote O'Brien.
"In the summer of 2004, I took a sabbatical from CityLife and explored the flood-control system in
full. It continued through 2006, as I returned to the drains for
follow-up notes and to explore virgin tunnels."
O'Brien continues; "Set in the
long, hot and lonely summer of '04 (Beneath The Neon) chronicles my
adventures in this uncharted underworld. I follow the footsteps of a
psycho killer. I two-step under the MGM Grand at 3 in the morning. I
chase the ghosts of Benny Binion, Bugsy Siegel, Elvis, Frank Sinatra
and Howard Hughes. I learn how to make meth, that art is most beautiful
where it's least expected and that there are no pots of gold under the
Because both of the literary works are so well written, I'll forgo my
usual diatribe this week to let you experience the perspectives of
other writers -- perspectives that bring together many of the lose ends
about a city that reminds me of the Titanic.
We the writers are akin to the radio operators on that doomed ship.
Duty demands that we stay at our stations in the radio room even though
we know the ship is going down. We keep tapping out our SOS hoping
someone will hear our distress signal and come over the horizon to
rescue our fellow passengers from a horrible death.
Meanwhile, we'll stay at our posts until the lights go out.
Las Vegas is that Titanic. It will never be the lovable small town it
once was. But it's story must be told. I thank Joshua and Matt for
bravely staying at their stations to tell our saddest stories.
Maybe there's a Carpathia out there listening?
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