Vegas Rag Doll: A True Story of Terror and Survival as a Mob Hitman's Wife

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As a child, Wendy relished the small frontier town of Las Vegas. But as a teenager in the 1970s, Wendy's troubled home life and rebellious spirit led her to the legendary Horseshoe Club on Fremont Street, where she hooked up with Ted Binion, youngest son of notorious gambling figure Benny Binion. Her affair with the casino scion soon devolved into dalliances with high-rolling gamblers and suitcase deliveries of cash to Midwest mobsters.Binion then passed off Wendy like a trophy to Tom Hanley, a man thirty-nine years older who nonetheless drew her affections and ultimately married her. In partnership with his sadistic son, Gramby, Tom was a mob hitman. Wendy became a terrified and silent witness to his numerous crimes. Authorities say Hanley may have been responsible for more than twenty murders over three decades.Vegas Rag Doll paints a compelling portrait of the final years of organized crime in Las Vegas. In a fascinating era when legitimate facades disguised dark secrets, Wendy had a front-row seat - and a knack for survival.

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My book "Vegas Rag Doll" is a autobiography about my life, running, hiding, and finally accepting my life to what it was and is. My book is based on fact! My publisher Stephens Media, owns about 80 newspapers, throughout the USA and they publish history books. My story has been in the media for over 35 years. As a true "Las Vegas native" born and raised in Las Vegas, this book brings you back to how Las Vegas was before it exploded into a Metro City. My native city growing up existed of Cowboys and Mobsters! My girlfriends and I would hang out on Fremont St. and watch the flashing cars with mobsters and the cowboys carrying their guns! This was Las Vegas in the 70's!
I was a runaway child, who would end up marrying the most notorious Union Enforcer hit-man Tom Hanley! Before I knew Tom, the newspapers refereed to him as a "Cesar Union Leader" Tom was respected by the community, but later lost that respect when he was arrested for a murder, Tom killed Union Leader Ralph Alsup! Tom walked away from that murder because the witnesses disappeared and or changed their testimony!
Tom would continue to kill people for the Teamster and Culinary Union's! Tom would be arrested a second time for murder and kidnapping which happened to be a close friend and Union Leader! Tom was a pall bearer at his funeral! Again witness disappeared and or changed their testimony! Again Tom was released from jail and the charges of murder were dropped!
By the time I met Tom, he had been arrested 18 times, for murder, racketeering, bribery on a IRS agent and kidnapping, these were just a few of the charges brought against Tom! Tom took orders from LCN boss Joey Aiuppa who was intertwined with and controlled the Teamster and Culinary Union's pension funds! Tom also worked closely with the Casino owners in Las Vegas.
After Tom and I were married we had a child, a little girl by the name of Amy. I thought Tom would change after Amy was born. But he did not! He murdered again on the orders from Joey Aiuppa, to kill Culinary Union Leader Al Bramlet! I would also be charged with this murder too, I felt Tom would not have killed his best friend, so I stood by Tom, I would not cooperate with police, once they charged me with this crime, it would later be dismissed due to the fact law enforcement knew I had nothing to do with this murder. The district Attorney never called me to the stand to testify against Tom, because we were married. However, I did have to testify against Tom's son Gramby, but when I took the stand, I stood on the fifth! Fearing for my life!
After Tom and his son Gramby went into the Federal Witness Program, I was then offered the Federal Witness program too but declined! I have laid low for over 30 years waiting until people who could hurt me were not on this earth anymore. This is when I felt safe to write my bio.

I dedicated my book to The Runaway Child! 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-RUNAWAY.org The proceeds from book are donated to this cause!

I'm currently working on my second book which should be released at he end of 2013.

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  As a child, Wendy relished the small frontier town of Las Vegas, where she and a friend rode their horses to Caesars Palace and tied them up front.  But as a teenager in the 1970s, Wendy's troubled home life and rebellious spirit led her to the legendary Horseshoe Club on Fremont Street, where she hooked up with Ted Binion, youngest son of notorious gambling figure Benny Binion.  Her affair with the casino scion soon devolved into dalliances with high-rolling gamblers and suitcase deliveries of cash to Midwest mobsters.
  Binion then passed off Wendy like a trophy to Tom Hanley, a man thirty-nine years older, who nonetheless drew her affections and ultimately married her.  But Hanley was no kindly old air-conditioning contractor.  In partnership with his sadistic son, Gramby, Tom was a mob hit-man.  Wendy became terrified and silent witness to his numerous crimes.  Authorities say Hanley may have been responsible for more than twenty murders over three decades.  He told Wendy he was involved in the murders of John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa.  His underworld career culminated with the 1977 murder of powerful Culinary Union boss Al Bramlet.
  The Bramlet murder proved to be the Hanley's undoing.  After a nation-wide manhunt, the father-son duo was arrested in Phoenix.  Seeking evidence, police tricked Wendy into leading them to a stash of jewelry taken from Bramlet after he was killed.  Taken into the Federal Witness Protection Program, Tom Hanley died after serving only one year in prison, while Gramby has lingered behind bars for two decades, living under an assumed identity. 
  In addition to tracing Wendy Hanley's harrowing life story, Vegas Rag Doll paints a vivid portrait of the final years of organized crime in Las Vegas, before the corporations took control.  In a fascinating era when legitimate facades disguised dark secrets, Wendy Hanley had a front-row seat - and a knack for survival.

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