Learn About The Violent Mafia Turf War in 1970's KC



Filmmaker Gary Jenkins discusses the rise and fall – thanks to a gang war - of Kansas City’s River Quay, and screens footage from his upcoming documentary, Gangland Wire.


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Kansas City’s River Market area was known in the 1970s as River Quay, a redeveloped home to restaurants and bohemian shops—and site of a violent Mafia turf war.

The dispute left three establishments burned or blown up and several mobsters killed, devastating the district. Gary Jenkins, a local attorney and documentary filmmaker, was a Kansas City police detective at the time and part of a subsequent investigation that uncovered a multi-city mob conspiracy to skim money from Las Vegas casinos.

Jenkins discusses the rise and fall of River Quay and shows excerpts from Gangland Wire, his new documentary chronicling the saga. A panel discussion follows.

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  • Bryce J.

    Can we all meet somewhere at the event?

    February 24, 2014

    • Bryce J.

      OK, just saw the meeting point note by the free wine :)

      February 25, 2014

    • James S.

      "The Kansas City Social Club" is having something after that we could join in on if we play nice...

      Post Learnin Beerz at The Cashew/Upstairs http://www.thecashew....­

      at 2000 Grand Blvd, KC MO 64108. Won't be staying late cause it's a skool night.

      February 26, 2014

  • Kathleen P.

    Sorry, had a late appointment at work, so missing this.

    February 26, 2014

  • James S.

    I use a wheelchair, I'm sure accessibility will be no problem...

    February 26, 2014

  • Bryce J.

    Maybe have a drink at Fred P. Otts by the Cheesecake Factory afterwards?

    February 25, 2014

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