But they did. And pretty abruptly.
River Quay – you know it as the River Market – had become the preeminent entertainment district in Kansas City and every weekend turned into a giant street fest. KBEQ-FM (Q104) – then known as SUPER Q – had its studio perched behind a giant window on the second floor of one of the old buildings down there and acted as sort of a grand master DJ.
And all the clubs, all the bars and all the restaurants—what fun.
Alas it was not to last.
A documentary called GANGLAND WIRE sheds new light on the factions that brought down the area now known as the River Market.
It also exposes the real story behind the fictional account of the Kansas City mob connection referenced in the movie CASINO.
GANGLAND WIRE is produced by Gary Jenkins, a retired intelligence unit detective who—with actual wiretaps and first hand witnesses—documents how the once bustling River Quay district turned into a war zone.
The disputes? Parking rights. Go-go girls. And control of the area made for a path of bombings and dead bodies.
In the end the F.B.I. and Kansas City Police Intelligence Unit uncovered evidence which led to the convictions of local mob bosses as well as those in Milwaukee, Chicago and Cleveland.
Jenkins discovered audio tapes labeled “Strawman” deep in the bowels of the government archive that tell how the Midwest La Cosa Nostra families not only engaged in multiple crimes and murders, but how deeply their interest had expanded to several Las Vegas casinos.
GANGLAND WIRE presents a unique opportunity to listen in on some of the biggest players in the area mob family’s conversations and learn how a local quarrel ultimately lead to the derailment of the mafia.
GANGLAND WIRE opens this Friday exclusively at the SCREENLAND CROWN CENTER.
Performances will show daily at 1:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. through November 21.
Filmmaker Gary Jenkins will be in attendance and hosting Q & A sessions after EACH showing.
Where were you when River Quay went boom—then bust?