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Mob Museum launches speakers series with Joaquin Garcia, aka, Jack Falcone

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The courtroom of the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas is the site of the Las Vegas Kefauver hearing, part of a series of U.S. Senate Special Committee hearings in 1950-51 that sought to expose organize crime.
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As if sitting in the historic courtroom of The Mob Museum isn’t goose bump-inducing enough for fans and scholars of organized crime history, in comes a lineup of guest speakers to nudge them over the top.

Joaquin Garcia, a Cuban-born FBI agent who infiltrated the Gambino crime family as Italian jewel thief Jack Falcone, will kick off “Inside Stories,” a new speaker series starting September 19 at the museum.

Garcia, author of Making Jack Falcone, had spent 20 years with the FBI by the time he created Falcone and gathered evidence against the Mob. His success as an agent in La Cosa Nostra resulted in convictions of roughly three-dozen mobsters, including notorious wise guy Greg DePalma, who received a 12-year sentence and died in prison.

Following Garcia’s appearance in The Mob Museum’s limited-seating “courtroom” will be author and transnational organized crime specialist Mark Galeotti (October 17), who will discuss the rise and international spread of organized crime in Russia. As the author of the blog In Moscow’s Shadows, he writes on current events dealing with politics, crime and corruption.

On November 13, attorney and Notre Dame Law professor G. Robert Blakey will discuss organized crime’s role in the JFK assassination. Blakey, an organized crime expert, drafted the RICO Act (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act), enacted in 1970. As former chief counsel to the House Select Committee on Assassinations, he’s recognized for his extensive investigations into the JFK assassination, and he’s the co-author of the book The Plot to Kill the President.

Tickets for the Garcia engagement (priced at $35) go on sale August 22 by phone (724-8641) or online at themobmuseum.org/tickets.

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