National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: February 19, 2014

National Archives at Kansas City

Gangland Wire Documentary Presented by Gary Jenkins at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…On Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host Gary Jenkins for a screening and discussion of his film Gangland Wire. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the program.

In this most recent documentary by Jenkins, Gangland Wire tells how a Kansas City mafia war destroyed a popular entertainment district known as the River Quay. The focus is on the rise and fall of the La Cosa Nostra (Mafia) in Kansas City. This group was incredibly successful in purporting influence over the Teamsters International Union and skimming monies from the Las Vegas casinos, thus avoiding taxes and thwarting the Nevada Gaming Commission. Jenkins will show clips from the film and answer questions about his research.

Nicholas Pileggi, author of Casino and the subsequent film screenplay, stated "On Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host Gary Jenkins for a screening and discussion of his film Gangland Wire. In Gangland Wire, Gary Jenkins tells the story in a way only an insider could. He captures the tragicomic aspects of this true crime tale, told by the players themselves through excerpts of the wiretaps and interviews of law enforcement and other eyewitnesses to the events."

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

About the Film Producer

Gary Jenkins retired from the Kansas City Police Department in 1996. During his tenure, he was assigned to investigate organized crime in Kansas City. He attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law and was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2000 and currently practices law. Since 2005, Jenkins produced two documentary films chronicling Missouri and Kansas history regarding slavery and the Underground Railroad with Negroes to Hire and Freedom Seekers: Stories From the Western Underground Railroad. His third documentary, Gangland Wire, was completed in 2013.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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