The newly-released LGBT Milwaukee: Images of Modern America looks at the gay old times in Brew City, and author Michail Takach says much of it was "truly influenced" by the Mafia in an interview with WUVM: "'honestly, (the mafia's) investment in this culture really made them the steward and guardian of a whole heritage that exists today because they made that business choice,' says Takach."
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Drugs, sex and all-night partying "were key parts of the game plan for some of the players" from "the championship-winning 1986 New York Giants" according to new book Big Blue Wrecking Crewas reported by the Daily News:
According to author Jerry Barca, a favored hangout for players was The Bench, a go-go bar in Carlstadt, N.J., owned by Genovese crime family associate Vincent Ravo -- a "den of debauchery" where sex and other vices were for sale. Team star Lawrence Taylor and fellow linebackers Brad Van Pelt and Brian Kelley were tight enough with Ravo -- who'd been arrested for assault, kidnapping, rape and homicide -- that they wrote letters of reference when the mobster pleaded guilty to a weapons charge in 1984. Taylor vacationed in the Bahamas with Ravo, and at his request made appearances at a Mob-connected furniture store and kid's birthday party.
In 1992 Brian Kelley, a former Giants linebacker, told New Jersey state investigators "that he has been paying $500 a week for the last three years out of his bar business" to Vincent Ravo as then reported by The New York Times: "Mr. Kelley, testifying before the State Commission of Investigation under a grant of immunity from prosecution, said he puts $500 in cash in an envelope and leaves it under the bar at the Satin Dolls lounge in Lodi for pickup by Vincent Ravo." Kelley's testimony "came as the commission completed two days of hearings into organized-crime influence in the retail liquor business," and other witnesses testified "crime groups use bars as safe havens, places to hold meetings and to conduct illegal business, like drug selling, bookmaking and prostitution."
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