The former Las Vegas home of mob associate Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal is built like a fortress.
“Supposedly these doors are bulletproof. You can see how heavy they are,” says the home’s current owner, an attorney named Jim Morgan, as he knocks on the home’s front gate.
Throughout much of the 1970s, Rosenthal, a longtime oddsmaker from Chicago, looked after the Chicago mob’s interests at casinos in Las Vegas. He designed his home in the Las Vegas Country Club to allow him to work remotely.
A wall of monitors in an upstairs office gave Rosenthal eyes on casinos around the city, even during periods of time when Nevada gaming authorities barred him from setting foot on casino floors.
Just inside the home’s bulletproof front gate, on the walk up to the front door — also bulletproof — there is a small electrical room housing a maze of wires and electrical boxes.
Any time I have any electrical stuff done at the house, they’re all fascinated.
Jim Morgan, Home’s current owner
“Any time I have any electrical stuff done at the house, they’re all fascinated,” Morgan says as he points to Rosenthal’s name scribbled on an electrical box. “There’s tons of wiring all over this house.”
‘Mobbed Up — Part 5: The Argent Empire’
Part 5 of “Mobbed Up” transports listeners to Las Vegas in the 1970s, when a holding company called the Argent Corporation began buying up casinos using loans from the Teamsters Union Central States Pension Fund.
By the mid-1970s, the Argent Corporation’s ‘empire’ comprised four casinos: the Fremont, the Hacienda, the Marina and, most famously, the Stardust.
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