Saturday, November 20, 2021

Louis the Coin exhibit advances on The Mob Museum agenda #Providence #YouThoughtItWasMore


LAS VEGAS – The Mob Museum’s VP Exhibits/ Programs Geoff Schumacher, 11-18-21 (R): “This is a story that deserves to be told and we would be happy to be part of it.” [No timetable set as the planning process continues.] Shaking hands with Schumacher is Andy Thibault (L), liaison from the Connecticut State Police Museum to The Mob Museum. 

CT State Police Det. Sgt. Jerry Longo, Retired, Chairman of the Connecticut State Police Museum, talks about his relationship with Louis the Coin on the Ray Dunaway Show, WTIC 1080.

                                                                      -  PHOTO by BOB THIESFIELD

Jerry and Louis at The Hartford Club, 1-15-10

Statement of Connecticut State Police Museum Chairman Jerry Longo,
CSP Det. Sgt., Retired:

Almost every trooper at least once in his or her career gets to tackle that one memorable / big case.

Mine was most definitely chasing Louis the Coin around for two years.

Although it culminated in his arrest, it also resulted in a friendship. Weird, yes, but true.

I am pleased as I am sure my fellow troopers who worked this case and surely Louis would be flattered by the attention this case would get at The Mob Museum.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Will the cosmic slot machines pay out?

Will the cosmic slot machines pay out?

[with] lurid, astonishing, confounding stories, leaving us /

richly barren, forever dreaming /

of a time there will be more –


We’ve got a song, we’ve got a poem, we’ve got an exhibit, we’ve got photos and video and we’ve got a book.

And, oh yeah, we’ve got a screenplay: You Thought It Was More …

[Louis] produced perfect tokens/

that allowed him to bilk /

the ultimate swindlers,

the casinos for four years … /

… Lavish Louis in his loafers /

On a yacht flying one sail: /

LLO ladies love outlaws. /

Even in prison, he laughed … /

… I don’t know how /

He weathered hypertension, /

Wardens, dementia, chronic /

Obstructive pulmonary disease, /

Correctional officers, chaplains /

And loneliness those last months … /

2019 Sentencing Memo 
Affirms & Documents Book, w/ Footnotes

Louis the Coin’s Garage of Magic,

As seen by poet Ravi Shankar:

… It was like the enchanted inside /

Of a sorcerer’s workshop … /

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Mad Dog Tape Preservation, Analysis Under Way

Working diligently on these sensitive materials are Sgt. Ken Barton (CSP retired) and ESPN alumni / retired Auxiliary Trooper Dave Overson.

Via Jerry Longo, Connecticut State Police Museum

In May of 1960 "Mad Dog" Taborsky was executed in Connecticut. He and his accomplice Arthur Columbe murdered at least six people during a robbery and killing spree in 1956 and 1957.

Fast forward to today: The nephew of tireless investigator Major (then a detective) Sam Rome – who interviewed many in the Mad Dog case – came forth with some startling materials.

Ken Kurland delivered a scrapbook, newspaper clippings and reel to reel audio tapes of several of Sam Rome's interviews regarding this murder spree. They are being analyzed at the CSP Museum in a very exciting project. So stay tuned as they slowly process approximately 29 hours of tape.

Of note: The tapes might cover at least one other significant case.


State Police Museum Appeals for Help To Retrieve Audio From Mad Dog Killer Confession

Michael Ross execution, 2005