Geno Munari’s 2021 book Las Vegas’ Dunes Hotel-Casino: The Mob, The Connections, The Stories is the “Go-To” 500+ page book for anyone wishing to understand the tenor of the four decades of the golden years of Las Vegas history beginning in 1955, with the Dunes Hotel-Casino as its centerpiece. The book is filled with detailed stories of the good, the bad and the ugly elements of the Las Vegas underworld and the characters who populate it, or visit briefly as well-heeled tourists and Hollywood stars.
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Some of the stories reveal fascinating insights of famous people, others reveal the poignant or sentimental sides of people not known for those traits; Marlon Brando’s love for Wally “Mr. Peepers” Cox, from the time they were boyhood friends until Cox’s death in 1973 was one such piece. After the funeral, Brando snuck into Cox’s home through a back window and did not reveal himself to the other stars; he would later keep the urn with Cox’s remains close by, even under the seat of his car as he drove around.
Mr. Munari was employed at the Dunes for many years and came to know the many interesting characters employed there as well as the more flamboyant owners and operators of that hotel—in his words—”a magical place that held every conceivable amenity a guest could desire.” He would also meet many other people from other hotels along the way.
One of them, a man he described as a “veteran casino boss who worked at the Desert Inn in the 1950s until it was closed, serendipitously ran into me at a local coffee shop. He saw me writing in my notebook and said, ‘What are you writing, Geno?'” Explaining the broad outlines of a manuscript about his experiences working at the Dunes, he then mentioned that he was at a point where he was writing about characters he knew who were coincidentally linked to the JFK assassination in some way. The man then offered to share some information he personally knew about that subject. 
Mr. Munari wrote: “He began by telling me about the special mission he was part of as a scout sniper in the Marine Corps and how he came to meet and work for Moe Dalitz.” His explanation of the mission can be summarized as having originated with President Harry Truman’s initiative, in 1946, to ensure that Nazis / fascists would not come back to power.
According to this account, President Harry Truman authorized a secret killing squad operation headed by a Marine Corps general called “Chesty Puller” (pictured left) who recruited 50 Marine scout snipers for this global operation involving 25 teams.
They were always deployed in pairs, one acting as the scout/spotter, the other as the shooter. Moreover, the teams carried out their orders to kill specific individuals identified only by their name, location and a photograph; it was their job to find them and carefully plan to murder them with a single shot to the head, with no “collateral damage”. When asked to describe the general “prominence layer” of the targeted individuals, he said they were “ex-high ranking officers and high ranking government officials and Nazis.”
He stated that they went to such places as France, Germany and Argentina, and “sometimes it’d take us a day to do it, sometimes it’d take a week, week and a half. But we always—we stayed away from everybody that was in the Marines, or Army or anything else, because we were on our special mission and we—they didn’t want anything slipping about Truman.” When asked about how many people he killed, he answered “I would say in the—260-270, about . . . I killed probably 80 to 90 people in Argentina alone.” He also stated that the total number killed by the various teams being managed by General Puller was about 3,000 by the time he left the unit in 1949.
The man with whom Munari spoke, in the following dialog, is “Anonymous.”
For what possible reason would LBJ want to visit his Las Vegas mob friends three weeks before the assassination of President Kennedy?
And, more importantly, why would he possibly want to expose himself, to others there, witnessing him meet with the core group of men in control of the national mob syndicate? The clearly obvious answer is that he was personally monitoring this phase of the plot to kill John F. Kennedy so that he could ascend to the Presidency of the United States of America, finally achieving his boyhood promise to himself. And proving to those other boys who laughed at him, who had called him cruel names and despised him, that he had also truly become the “King of the World.” That’s why.
The other reason was that his personal presence there was absolutely essential, that it was worth the risk of being leaked. Because everyone knew that anyone who breathed a word of it to anyone else would wind up on Mac Wallace’s hit list within hours. Just like Billie Sol was when he became dead weight on Johnson’s tether to him and would have been eliminated had he ever uttered the first syllable of a confession. Johnson knew it would put the focus on himself if anything untoward might happen to Estes, so he was given a conditional “pass” and his character was assassinated, thanks to his conviction for executing Johnson’s crimes and his subsequent status as an “ex-con.”
Using that canard as a pretext, many widely noted JFK assassination faux “researchers” set out to help the mainstream press pass the word that Billie Sol was the evil one of the pair, giving LBJ a massive pass while simultaneously attacking the true “victim” of their illegal acts. Johnson had gradually increased the levels of fraud until he had solidly “hooked” Estes into a place from which he could no longer quit. The five Estes associates who became marked for murder accomplished two goals for Johnson: 1) Eliminating the risk of them ever talking, and 2) Terrifying the “crap” out of Billie Sol, ensuring his silence far into the future.
The establishment “historian” Robert Dallek actually mentioned the Johnson-Estes criminal contact, but managed to put all the blame on Estes before dismissing all of it, based upon Billie Sol’s lack of “credibility.” At least he wrote enough about Billie Sol to get the Estes name into the Index of his book Flawed Giant, unlike numerous other so-called biographers and historians.
Robert Caro, the purported king of LBJ biographers—the one who claims to “turn every page” of documents and newspapers about his subject—has missed thousands of pages with the name Billie Sol Estes. That name appears nowhere in any of the four tomes he has produced, and there is no reason to believe it will be included in the last of them—as by the time it begins (1964-65) Billie Sol Estes had left the scene—because by then he had been tried, found guilty and was off to prison. And LBJ had met his goal of becoming president, basically on his flunky’s back; he was now free to continue his reign of terror and treason with abandon, and the full cooperation of the mainstream media.
Johnson’s purpose was not to avoid exposing himself, but the opposite, to communicate in person, his presence amongst the regular folk, to get their complete attention. This was arguably his greatest skill, of the many within his toolbox. It was called the Johnson Treatment.
The Johnson Treatment – From Harry Middleton, LBJ-The White House Years  pp. 160-161
It was the same need for his presence at Cannon Air Force Base in Arizona for filming the “Moon Walks” that were to be shown to the world in December, 1969 as “live footage from the moon” to the millions of Americans and billions of people world-wide. This excerpt from my September blog “NEW VIDEO ON MOON LANDING HOAX: The son of a guard at film site states that LBJ Attended the Kick-off of the Hoaxed Filming Event!” explains why he felt the same way about the essential need for him to appear in person:
Presuming this is a true account, his most important point of all was that President Johnson attended the first day of this event, obviously to get the point across about the provenance of this very high-security [top secret] operation. Everyone there had been warned to never say anything about what went on, and nearly every one of them abided by that until the end of their lives (probably numerous others are no doubt still alive, still living in fear of speaking out). Gillmore’s father apparently took it very seriously, and obviously so did the son, keeping the secret until his death, and only then allowing the video to be released.
LBJ’s presence at Cannon AFB was not essential of course, at least in the sense of supervising / micromanaging such an operation. His purpose in making such a mid-day trip would have been merely to be seen and heard by all of the screened participants to signal the need for absolute secrecy, ensuring that such a brazen fraud would never be exposed. He probably did not need to personally elaborate on the severity of penalties that would be dealt to any whistleblowers (although doing so was certainly within his nature); other Air Force brass would have already explained the nuances of the penalties to be exacted for anyone with loose lips.
Lyndon Baines Johnson owned the patent on shameless pandering and schmoozing: Directly, eye to eye, noses millimeters apart at its most extreme intensity, with anyone he decided was in need of his custom-made mix throughout the Desert Inn, even if no words were exchanged between them, or it was merely a short stare. Everyone who witnessed his presence (besides the ones attending the private meeting) “got the message” that this was a very important operation, whatever it was, since for them, that was unknowable, and instantly became unspeakable for everyone at precisely 12:31 P.M. in Dallas on November 22, 1963. The real secrets of their meeting were only known by the people named in the excerpts, and the ones stipulated below.
It is well known that Johnson’s primary mob connection was through Carlos Marcello, and his visits to New Orleans were confirmed by an anonymous source who had been personally informed by Billie Sol Estes, who had accompanied LBJ to New Orleans on such a visit at least once. Billie Sol also admitted that he had accompanied Johnson to Las Vegas to meet these same men.
“Mr. Anonymous” stated that Bobby Baker was also staying in the hotel, though he did not attend the meeting with the others noted on the first page above (i.e., page number 441): Moe Dalitz, Nick Civella, Sam Giancana and Carlos Marcello. The reason Johnson would have insisted that both Bobby Baker and Billie Sol Estes attend this meeting was to ensure they would witness the power he wielded in person; he probably felt that, in the intrinsically-evil Baker’s case, it was sufficient that he only needed a small dose of this demonstration. But in Billie Sol’s case—the more dangerous of the two, since he had to be trained in the arts of criminal behavior, it was not his natural trait—his participation in the actual planning meeting was required.
When Lyndon joined this group, Anonymous stated that, “there was two other guys there, I think”. One of them was most likely Billie Sol Estes, according to my confidential source, who had gotten to be one of his closest friends. The most likely candidate for the other person would have been Cliff Carter, his aide in charge of dark activities on Johnson’s secret, non-published agenda.
Naturally, there are no existing documents that might reveal what was discussed at that meeting, but, since Johnson had gone to Texas in mid-October, for the known purpose of planning and making necessary arrangements for the “Welcome to Dallas, JFK” events, there can be little doubt that it must have been about certain contingency “arrangements” put in place for ensuring the Mob would handle specific related tasks—such as assignments to be given to Jack Ruby, for example.
The most important of them, of course, was the plan for the motorcade through downtown Dallas, and beyond, to the Trade Mart (the latter being the least important, planned event since he knew it would never happen, any more than the need to actually plan for a night of festivities at the LBJ Ranch).
And, to the point made at the top of the last page in the excerpts above — “But here’s the thing. How did the shooters know their route? Because they changed it just before Kennedy was killed” — maybe that was precisely one of the points covered by Johnson at the meeting: An early warning as to precisely how the motorcade would be maneuvered such that it would traverse one of the very few 120-degree turns in the city; it was the planner’s most critical reason for this route, because it would require that the very long limousine would be slowed to almost a complete stop, after which it would enter the “Kill Zone” a few dozen yards away, where it would slow again, to nearly another full stop — as designated by a series of yellow lines on the curb opposite the grassy knoll.
But that scenario would depend upon whether or not the Mob supplied the shooter(s), given that every participant was only told what they had to know, and no more.
I believe that Mr. Munari conducted his “due diligence” responsibility very thoroughly, by submitting it for review by an FBI agent named Gary M. who stated, in part, “. . . I now lean towards the truth of what he [Anonymous] said. I fully believe that the mob was in a conspiracy with the CIA regarding the Kennedy assassination and he confirms that. . . As unbelievable as it seems, I think Johnson was at the D.I.[Desert Inn] when your source saw him there.”
Moreover, Geno Munari considered the question of whether the source remembered the date (three weeks before the assassination) correctly, because he checked Johnson’s schedule on his official LBJ Library’s daily calendar that purports to accurately track his actual movements. He needn’t have bothered, since nothing involving his “dark side” was ever committed to writing. And even if it was, that kind of sophomoric diddling would have been the least of his/their revisionist acts.
As I discovered in this blog, it was evidently common practice to “fudge” his calendars with disjointed, obviously over-bloviated but meaningless general movements whenever he decided to go “off the grid.” These excerpts from that essay elaborate on that point:
Given Johnson’s numerous deceitful and treacherous acts and related cover-ups, it is no surprise that there is no mention of his trip to Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, New Mexico on any of these days. According to Gillmore’s story as passed on to him by his father, LBJ appeared on the first day of filming. That was on June 1st, where his diary indicates he spent the better part of the day driving various people around the ranch and nearby towns, including daughter Luci, whose search for a new roll of camera film took three stops at Johnson City stores before she purportedly found one. The contrast between such an inane entry (one of many) on that day, compared to others, which generally described more notable events (such as those for the other two days) is, to say the least, notable.
The diary entries for that Saturday, June 1 mostly consisted of arcane references to the exact times he spent “driving on main ranch area; driving east on Ranch 1; through Rocky Creek” [etc.]. While this pedantry was a general pattern of entries made (especially during his time spent on the ranch), it was much more prominent on that day: Practically the entire day was purportedly spent just driving around the ranch and on various roads meeting neighbors and friends, including Judge A. W. Moursund for lunch (a long-time friend and business partner who eventually terminated that association for reasons he never explained—however, the story being told now might have had something to do with it).
Lyndon’s well-documented penchant for deception and cover-ups might explain those ambiguous entries: As cover for several hours, while he left the ranch on the Air Force Jetstar parked on the runway behind the ranch house, he apparently left for a 90 minute flight (450 miles) to Cannon AFB.
I believe that Mr. Munari has written an excellent, veritable account of historic facts, and this small piece of it withstands critical scrutiny. Further, his “anonymous” confidential source for this information, given Geno’s personal, well informed experience with him, also seems utterly credible. The need for his anonymity is reasonable and understandable.
The book makes for excellent reading for anyone wishing to attain a better understanding of the “Wild West” 1950s-80s during the amazing growth of this gambling mecca. I’ve read it and can attest that the remaining 99% of the content is of equally high quality.
 Munari, Geno, Las Vegas’ Dunes Hotel-Casino: The Mob, The Connections, The Stories, Trine Day LLC, Walkerville, OR, 2021, pp. 21-22
 Ibid., p. 425
 Ibid., pp. 425-430. According to his Wikipedia page, Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller was the “most decorated Marine in American history,” having received the second-highest U.S. military award six times (one of only two persons so honored): five Navy Crosses and one U.S. Army Distinguished Service Cross.
 Ibid., pp. 441-443