After years of silence, Amy Hanley finds herself thrust into the spotlight shining on her past. After a stint on the recently scandalized Sin City Rules, where she was the only Vegas born and bred cast member, Amy is dusting off her past. Daughter of one of Las Vegas’s most famous mobsters, Amy grew up around names that most have us only have heard of in movies like Bugsy and Casino. Here Amy tells her story from her deep Vegas Mob roots, to her time on SCR, to what future tricks this Mob Daughter has up her sleeve.
TBB: You refer to yourself as a “Mob Daughter”. Tell us about your childhood:
AH: I am a real authentic Mob Daughter. I was born into the Mafia culture. I was also raised in the culture. It is a culture. We are taught respect, loyalty, family unity, dignity, sophistication, honesty, love and how to earn power. We are also taught not to trust, be cautious of outsiders and to never believe someone especially when they are speaking. We learn to keep our friends close and our enemies closer. I have had an amazing roller coaster ride of a life. It has been made up of the highest of highs to the scariest lows. However, coming from my culture, the ride is what I live for. To walk where my father walked is a privilege and an honor. I am filling his shoes with a new twist to do what he never did by using the skills and traits that are passed down generation after generation to take our culture to new heights. I will succeed in doing this as a new generation is here and it’s my main goal in life to teach them the same quality traits while embracing the strengths that we have.
TBB: Your father’s name, Tom Hanley, is intertwined with some of the most famous in Vegas organized crime. Tell us his story:
AH: My father Tom Hanley is Vegas history. Not only him but my entire family. My family did put the “sin” into “Sin City”. As the saying goes “The Kennedy’s ran the country but The Hanley’s ruled Las Vegas!” That is the truth. My father started here in 1936. For 40 years he controlled every facet of organized crime that came into this city from the Chicago, Midwest, and East Coast Families. Not only was he the “Boss” he was also a hit-man. His ties and friends start with names such as Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, Mo Dalitz, Meyer Lansky, Frank “The German” Schweihs, Benny Binion, Joey “O’Brian” Aiuppa, Sam Giancana, Joe Vincent Agosto, Edward “Tom” Hanley, Tony Spilatro, Oscar Goodman, Louie Weiner Jr., Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, Jimmy Hoffa, Hank Greenspun, Ralph Alsup, Al Bramlett and the names go on and on. In addition my father was associated with The Chicago Outfit, Kansas City Crime Family, Bonnano Crime Family, The Gambino Crime Family and The LA Crime Family which is all part of La Cosa Nostra. My father also controlled the unions in this town. Nothing was done without his approval and help. In his reign and control in Vegas my father had over 600 articles written about him in the local newspapers with more banner headlines than US Presidents in Las Vegas alone. We haven’t even began to count how many articles there are nationwide on him and my family. My father is regarded as one of the most notorious and infamous mobster/gangster/hit-man/mob-bosses of his time.
TBB: You were reserved to talk about your family for so many years. Why speak now?
TBB: For The Hanley’s to take their rightful place in history as to who made Las Vegas what it is today, it’s time the truth comes out. There are so many rumors that are flying around that some real facts and evidence need to be brought to light. There are some powerful, captivating and suspenseful stories to be shared. Just to start, the relationship of my father Tom Hanley with Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. Let’s just say my mother and I have Virginia Hill’s vintage fur coat and it’s not by accident!
TBB: Your mother, Wendy (Mazaros), wrote a book,Vegas Rag Doll, about her marriage to your father. How did her being so open affect you?
AH: Seeing what my mother went through for over 10 years to tell her story was something that inspired and encouraged me to share mine. At first I was hesitant knowing that some may take what I say as harsh or uncaring. I am very direct and say it like it is. It is time for me to embrace my history, lifestyle and culture and be the woman I was meant to be. I’m a strong, independent, successful, determined mother of 3 that is a real Mob Daughter who has had some of the most amazing roller coaster rides of my life.
TBB: Recently you were on TLC’s Sin City Rules. How did you end up on the show?
AH: Well that is a unique story in itself. I was never into reality shows much to begin with and was really a virgin on the subject. I do know someone had submitted my name which I wasn’t aware of and the next thing I knew I was being contacted to potentially cast. After that the rest is history.
TBB: SCR was pulled from the network mid-season. Why? Are you able to talk about it?
AH: What I can say is this, some of the things that have been perceived by many is not entirely accurate. There have been things that were said in mainstream media that are incorrect. I have always respected media but have some serious concerns when articles are written and published where the facts and circumstances have not been fully verified. I have right now in my possession proof that on five separate occasions, three different journalists have written and published articles on me in two media outlets but have not once contacted me by phone to verify anything that they wrote about, published, or said they had acquired or received. There is also a post that I did on a social media site that was taken totally out of context and I was completely misquoted. I thought it was the job of the journalist as well as the media outlet to make sure that what they write and report to the public is accurate and verified. The media outlets involved are The Las Vegas Sun and The Las Vegas Review Journal. I can guarantee this, if I would have been contacted by these journalists they wouldn’t have written the stories they did about me. They would have been made aware that messages sent through their website contact form and emails were forged and not mine. They would have also been made aware that all of my social media accounts and email accounts had been hacked and that I made very public statements regarding all of this. I did reach out multiple times publicly to these journalists via Twitter and posted comments on some of the articles to which were written and published, pointing out the issues and asking them to contact me to set the record straight. To this date I have not received one phone call. The proof I have is enough to question the reliability and integrity of these media outlets as well as the journalists. Not to mention some of the stuff reported is slander and libel. From my perspective it seems to be very one-sided. In addition, many people have noticed that no matter which cast member of Sin City Rules the article is written about, the pictures that are used for the article are of the two same cast mates along with other people who have no involvement in the show. I know why pictures of non-cast members would be used in an article that is about Sin City Rules and myself that has nothing to do with them, the question is does everyone else? I worked very hard and devoted a lot of my time to this project and would have loved to seen it be delivered the way the platform was written.
TBB: The ladies on the show ambushed you at one point. Why did they gang up on you?
AH: I was fucking ambushed 8 on 1. Obviously they are intimidated by me which says a lot. To sum it all up, the one who tried to dig up dirt on me admitted to it in the first episode. I’ve moved on with my life, the real question is can they?
TBB: Now that SCR has ended what are your plans? Do you still want to be part of reality television?
AH: I have amazing plans. I have embraced my culture and history to where I am proud of where I came from. I have nothing to be ashamed of as that was the way of the time. Will I be back on TV again? Absolutely. I am a gangster’s daughter, you can love me, like me, hate me, but you won’t forget me.
TBB: What about a book? A memoir of your childhood would fascinate a lot of people. Have you considered writing one?
AH: Absolutely I have considered writing a book. There are a lot of secrets my mother hasn’t told and there are a lot of secrets that have been passed down to me that have never been told. Will those secrets be something I am willing to share? You will all have to wait and see when I write a book.
TBB: Thank you for talking with me today. Is there anything else you would like people to know?
AH: The culture I was raised in taught me a lot. The main lesson, keep your close and true friends private, don’t drop names as it doesn’t make you important and always keep your enemies at the edge of their seats. I don’t expect respect, I earn it. I don’t worship money, I respect it. I can be the most loyal and trusting friend, but, at the same time, I am a tiger who plays chess. I am always up for a good game with a worthy opponent. The perception you may have is what I want you to think. Mob Doll is about to conquer the world with sophistication, grace, dignity, glamour and power. Inside we all are Mob Dolls and Mob Dons, you’ve just got to find that part of you and have the balls to let it shine!