Vegas Rag Doll: A True Story of Terror & Survival as a Mob Hitman's Wife

Vegas Rag Doll: A True Story of Terror & Survival as a Mob Hitman's Wife

by Joe Schoenmann, Wendy Mazaros

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As a child, Wendy relished the small frontier town of Las Vegas, where she and a friend rode their horses to Caesars Palace and tied them up out front. But as a teenager in the 1970s, Wendy’s troubled home life and rebellious spirit led her to the legendary Horseshoe Club on Fremont Street, where she hooked up with Ted Binion, youngest son of notorious gambling figure Benny Binion. Her affair with the casino scion soon devolved into dalliances with high-rolling gamblers and suitcase deliveries of cash to Midwest mobsters.Binion then passed off Wendy like a trophy to Tom Hanley, a man thirty-nine years older, who nonetheless drew her affections and ultimately married her. But Hanley was no kindly old air-conditioning contractor. In partnership with his sadistic son, Gramby, Tom was a mob hitman. Wendy became a terrified and silent witness to his numerous crimes. Authorities say Hanley may have been responsible for more than twenty murders over three decades. He told Wendy he was involved in the murders of John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa. His underworld career culminated with the 1977 murder of powerful Culinary Union boss Al Bramlet.The Bramlet murder proved to be the Hanleys’ undoing. After a nationwide manhunt, the father-son duo was arrested in Phoenix. Seeking evidence, police tricked Wendy into leading them to a stash of jewelry taken from Bramlet after he was killed. Taken into the Federal Witness Protection Program, Tom Hanley died after serving one year in prison, while Gramby has lingered behind bars for two decades, living under an assumed identity.In addition to tracing Wendy Hanley’s harrowing life story, Vegas Rag Doll paints a vivid portrait of the final years of organized crime in Las Vegas, before the corporations took control. In a fascinating era when legitimate facades disguised dark secrets, Wendy Hanley had a front-row seat — and a knack for survival.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013326446
Publisher: Stephens Press, LLC
Publication date: 09/30/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 665,335
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Raised in an idyllic rural community along the Wisconsin River, Joe Schoenmann moved to Las Vegas in 1997 to get a taste of city reporting after covering the mostly incorruptible government and low crime of his home state. A multiple award winner for newspaper and magazine stories, this is his first book. He lives in one of Las Vegas’ original neighborhoods in the downtown area.

A Nevada native, Wendy Mazaros spent her early years “playing in the desert with my siblings, chasing lizards, catching snakes, and digging caves.” At fifteen, she fell into the arms of Ted Binion, heir-apparent of the Binion’s Horseshoe Club family. Binion passed her off to Tom Hanley, a man she would marry, and later learn was a hitman for the mob. Today, Wendy makes her home in the Las Vegas suburbs, and enjoys a wide circle of family and friends.

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Vegas Rag Doll 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It brought back old memories from Las Vegas past. I would like to have had the book go into more of the Las Vegas early charm. As a person who was living in the town in the 70's it was very nostalgic. Take a lot of what is written with an open mind, but who will ever know?
charliespen More than 1 year ago
The book held my interest. Some of it was hard to believe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did't care for this book. I did't know anything about this women and I don't believe much of what she says. I don't believe she is as tough as she says she is. I read a lot of mafia/mob books (biographies) . Waste of my time & money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this book. About 1/5 of it is true, the rest is made up. This book should not have been called a memoir. It's fiction. If you want a book about the mob, look elsewhere. The author doesn't even know where the Woolworth's store was and says she used to tie her horse up at Caesars Palace. Believe me, no one ever parked a horse at Caesars Palace. Possibly at the Frontier or the Silver Slipper but never at Caesars Palace. It was the first place classy place in town. If this woman is making any money from this book, it should be given to the families of the victims. Isn't that what the law says? That no one can profit from their crimes? So why is this being allowed to happen? The author shows absolutely no remorse for the crimes she committed. They were all someone elses fault the way she sees it. She's got excuses for all of it.
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The real deal!!
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PJHOR More than 1 year ago
I personally enjoy a read that is based on true facts. Vegas Rag Doll was that and very touching to say the least. It held my interest right out to the end.