This is the third year that Wendy has been in the Spotlight during December. Her book, Vegas Rag Doll, is the story of how a girl still in her mid-teens was sucked into the life of a mob wife.
Wendy was married to Tom Hanley, frequently described as the most notorious hit-man enforcer for the Culinary and Teamsters Unions in Las Vegas.
“At the age of 15, still a child, not yet a woman, I ran away from home to be with Teddy Binion. His father owned the Horseshoe Club. Teddy soon had me sitting with gamblers like Amarillo Slim, Richard Swartz, Doc Bundy, Jim Lambert, Sailor Roberts, Johnny Moss, and Nick the Greek: all of the well-known poker players back in the Old Las Vegas Days. Teddy offered to get me a part-time job with a friend of his who owned an air conditioning business. I happily took the position Tom Hanley offered as a receptionist for Oasis Air Conditioning.”
Wendy was drawn to Tom’s personality and power although he was much older than her. With no idea that Oasis was not his only business, but that he was in reality a psychotic killer, she was flattered when he made passes at her and they soon became an item. Amy is the daughter of her marriage to Tom.
Wendy says, “He ran this town his way. Some of his favorite words were ‘do it or die,’ and he didn’t hesitate to carry out the die part.”
Now Wendy and Tom’s beautiful daughter Amy Hanley is in the public eye as one of the stars of “Sin City Rules,” the new reality show on TLC featuring five high-powered women in Las Vegas. Her father Tom, the infamous mob boss, died when she was only three.
Amy, the mother of three boys, one of whom has Autism and Aspergers, is an advocate for autism and an advocate for families who cannot afford specialized care for their children. After her mother Wendy’s book was published, Amy quickly identified a market for mob-themed clothing. The Mob Doll Haute line was launched along with the creation of Mob Doll Enterprises and Mob Doll Management.
Watch Sin City Rules on Sundays at 8:00 p.m. PST on TLC.
Morgan St. James has published over 500 articles with Examiner.com relative to writing and books. In addition to her latest funny crime caper "Who's Got the Money?" (Finalist in the USA Best Books Awards) available at select Barnes & Noble locations and most online booksellers, she has garnered awards for many short stories, written several other books, and co-authors of the award winning Silver Sisters Mysteries series her real sister Phyllice Bradner. http://funnycrimecapers.blogspot.com and http://silversistersmysteries.wordpress.com