Allen Glick and the murder of Tamara Rand

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Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal with Frank Sinatra. Rosenthal, a handicapper, bookie and sports repairer, has been introduced as Glick’s entertainment director, assistant and food and beverage director.

Allen Glick, a key figure in San Diego’s bloodiest and arguably most famous mafia hit, has died, his death marked by a paid Union-Tribune obituary making no reference to his subject’s colorful and murderous past with the mob in Las Vegas.

“As chairman and chairman of Silver Corporation, Allen owned and operated the Stardust Hotel and Casino, the Fremont Hotel and Casino and the Marina Casino,” reads the August 5 notice announcing Glick’s death from an cancer at the age of 79.

Joe Pesci as a character in Casino based on Tony Spilotro

“Argent Corporation was one of Nevada’s largest casino and hotel owners in the mid-1970s, bringing the first sportsbook and sportsbook operation to the ‘Strip’,” the obituary notes.

But, as Nicholas Pileggi best describes in his classic 1995 Mafia Story, Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas, Glick was one of the leaders in the Midwestern mafia takeover of much of the Vegas Strip, starting with a $ 62.75 million loan from the Central States Teamster pension fund.

“Vietnam taught me that life is short,” said Glick, who won a Bronze Star before his release in 1969, in an interview for Pileggi’s book.

Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, a hit man suspected of at least 25 murders, provided muscle for the operation. Spilotro ended up with Rosenthal’s wife Geri, a former call girl.

“I wanted to live in San Diego instead of Pittsburgh, where I grew up. A friend of my sister’s got me legal work for American Housing, the largest multi-family builder in San Diego, and Kathy and the kids and me drove there. It started my studies in real estate. “

Pileggi relates that Glick cemented his Mafia deal for Vegas hotels on August 25, 1974. Glick played the fool when Frank Balistrieri, Milwaukee Mafia boss with great influence over Teamsters boss Jackie Presser, ordered it. hiring of Frank Rosenthal, a Chicago gambler and Mafia associate.

“If you don’t like him, you can call me and I’ll straighten him out,” Glick said, Balistrieri told him. So began the looting of Glick’s new Las Vegas business in what has become the scum of the century, in which the Mafia swept up to $ 15 million from casino coffers while management hijacked the look.

“If you interfere with any of the casino’s operations or try to undermine anything I want to do here,” Glick quoted Rosenthal telling him in October 1974, “I declare to you that you will never leave this company alive.”

A year later, a murder in San Diego began to unravel the ploy.

“If you’re trying to undermine anything I want to do here,” Glick (right in photo) quoted Rosenthal (left) telling him in October 1974, “You will never leave this company alive.”

“On November 9, 1975, a wealthy fifty-five-year-old woman named Tamara Rand was shot five times in the head and killed in the kitchen of her home in the Mission Hills section of San Diego. It was a professional blow,” he said. noted Pileggi.

“The killers used a .22 caliber with a silencer; there was no sign of tampering, and nothing was missing. The body was found by Rand’s husband when he got home from work.”

“Glick found out that Tamara Rand had been murdered when he got off the Silver Jet in Las Vegas and was greeted by reporters and television cameramen asking her reaction to the murder,” Pileggi continues.

After expressing his shock, he jumped into a Argent limo and fled. The next day, Argent’s public relations department issued a statement saying that although Glick had known Rand and had fond memories of her as a friend, he had no further comment. “

But reporters had discovered that Rand was suing Glick, alleging she was entitled to a five percent stake in Argent for previously loaning him $ 500,000.

“A few months before his murder, Rand had stepped up his civil actions against Glick by laying charges of criminal fraud against him,” Pileggi said.

“And she had won an important and dangerous victory in court: she and her attorneys had access to the company’s documents relating to the Teamsters pension fund loan.

“A week after the murder, the San Diego Union reprinted a letter Rand had written seven months before his death, detailing his relationship with Glick. He accused Glick of living like royalty, of bringing friends to football games on the company plane, of surrounding himself in a “parade of toys”.

Glick has always denied having anything to do with Rand’s murder, and the murder remains unsolved. Casino, Martin Scorsese’s film version of Pileggi’s book, in which a Glick-like character is called “Mr. Green”, suggests the act was committed by Tony “the Ant” Spilotro, a Chicago hitman and friend of Rosenthal.

Frank Bompensiero, a San Diego hitman who was shot on February 10, 1977, in a phone booth near his Lamont Street apartment, has been referred to by some as the driver of the getaway car.

Pileggi writes: “According to the FBI, Tamara Rand was murdered to protect the skim; his assassination was ordered by Frank Balistrieri.

And as for how Glick spent the rest of his life after testifying against the mob in 1985, his salary Utah The obituary reads: “Allen owned several casinos in Costa Rica, was the innovator and developer of the Philippine Dream, a floating entertainment center located in Cebu, Mactan, Philippines. He was responsible for expanding the successful lottery operation in Caracas, Venezuela through the introduction of the VLT machines. “


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