10 Most Famous Casino Mysteries That are Still Unsolved

10 Most Famous Casino Mysteries That are Still Unsolved


10 The Bill Brennan Heist
In the popular movie Ocean’s Eleven, a large
group of thieves orchestrate a complicated
heist in which they steal millions of dollars
from a casino.
In real life, it’s insanely difficult to
rob a casino because of their many layers
of security.
However, one of the few successful real-life
casino heists was remarkably simple.For four
years, Bill Brennan was employed as a sports
book cashier at the Stardust Hotel and Casino
in Las Vegas.
On the morning of September 22, 1992, Brennan
showed up for work as usual.
However, during his lunch break, Brennan managed
to walk away from the casino with $507,361
in stolen cash and chips.
When police raided Brennan’s apartment,
he was nowhere to be found, and he quickly
became one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives.Brennan
did not draw any attention to himself during
the heist.
It’s believed that he carefully studied
the casino’s security systems, as no surveillance
footage captured him stealing the money or
leaving the establishment.
According to those who knew him, Brennan was
an unremarkable loner who never caused any
problems, but seemed to undergo an attitude
change when management refused to promote
him to a supervisory position.
This was because Brennan had started hanging
around with a regular bettor at the casino
whom management considered shady and distrustful.Curiously,
this bettor also disappeared a few months
after the heist, leading to speculation that
he and Brennan had orchestrated the crime
together.
If Brennan did have an accomplice, it’s
possible he might have been double-crossed
and killed for the stolen money.
But until Bill Brennan is found, this will
remain one of the most infamous unsolved heists
of all time.
9 The Murder Of Terri McClure
On January 14, 1983, 62-year old Terri McClure
left her home in Reno to attend the wedding
of her son, Tim, in Lake Tahoe.
After Tim was married, everyone celebrated
by doing some gambling at a casino before
Terri left the wedding party to drive back
to Reno.
The following day, Tim visited his mother’s
home, discovered she was missing, and reported
her disappearance to the police.Two days later,
Terri was found dead inside her vehicle, which
was located in the parking lot of a casino
in Carson City.
She had been shot twice in the head.
Investigators soon named Tim as the prime
suspect in his mother’s murder after learning
he was the beneficiary of a $10,000 life insurance
policy and finding some strange discrepancies
in his story.After walking Terri to her car
on his wedding night, Tim claimed he spent
the next two hours gambling alone, but no
one could corroborate his alibi.
When Tim and his wife took polygraph tests,
the results indicated deception from both
of them.
The strangest discrepancy was that Tim apparently
called a credit card company to cancel one
of Terri’s cards before she even went missing.
Tim always maintained that he canceled the
card three days after his mother disappeared
but that the employee mistakenly wrote down
the wrong date.Years later, Tim personally
requested that the TV show Unsolved Mysteries
profile his story.
This compelled investigators to rebuild their
case against Tim, and he was charged with
his mother’s murder in September 1992.
However, the Nevada District Attorney determined
that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute
Tim, so the case against him was dismissed
with prejudice.
This means that even if new evidence surfaces,
Tim McClure cannot be charged with his mother’s
murder again.
The case remains unsolved.
8 The Disappearance Of George Jay Vandermark
In 1976, George Jay Vandermark worked as the
slot machines supervisor at the Stardust Resort
and Casino in Las Vegas.
On May 18, the Nevada Gaming Control Board
staged an impromptu raid on the casino and
uncovered an elaborate scheme which involved
skimming over $7 million from the slot machines
for the Mafia.
Vandermark slipped out of the casino during
the raid and eventually fled the city.
He had lied to the Mafia about how much money
he had been skimming from the machines and
had kept $3 million for himself.Vandermark’s
son, Jeff, was told by the Control Board that
his father’s life was in danger, but they
could offer him protection.
Claiming his father was hiding in Mexico,
Jeff agreed to contact his father and convince
him to turn himself in.
Weeks later, Jeff contacted investigators
and claimed his father was willing to come
forward and accept their offer.
Later that day, Jeff Vandermark was found
dead inside his apartment with a crushed skull.
His murder has not been solved.George Jay
Vandermark never returned to Las Vegas, but
there were verified sightings of him living
under an assumed name in Phoenix during the
next few months.
Sometime that summer, Vandermark vanished
without a trace.
Reports later surfaced that he had been murdered
at his residence by mobsters, who subsequently
buried him in the desert.
However, no one has been officially charged
with the crime, and Vandermark’s body has
not been found.
7 The Disappearance Of Trevor Angell
In 2000, 28-year-old Trevor Angell lived in
Calgary, Alberta, and worked as a long-haul
truck driver, transporting meat and produce
between Canada and the US.
On September 19, Angell delivered a load of
beef to Los Angeles before picking up a new
cargo of bananas to take back to Canada.
At some point during the trip, Angell spoke
to his wife on the phone, claiming he hadn’t
slept in four days and was planning to quit
the trucking business after delivering one
last load.On the morning of September 22,
Angell spoke with a dispatcher, which was
the last communication anyone had with him.
Shortly after, Angell disappeared.
His abandoned truck was discovered in the
parking lot of Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and
Casino in Primm, Nevada.Angell liked to gamble
and was known for making rest stops at Whiskey
Pete’s during his trips.
The abandoned truck had been fueled up, and
nothing was missing from the cargo.
But Angell’s empty wallet was discovered
in the front seat.
Over the course of one day, Angell’s ATM
card had been used a total of nine times to
withdraw his entire paycheck from his bank
account.
No one knows if Angell himself used the card.
But hours after the last ATM transaction,
a waitress claimed to have served him some
oatmeal inside the casino, which he paid for
with pocket change.Witnesses also reported
seeing Angell in the casino parking lot, looking
sick and disoriented.
There were unconfirmed sightings of Angell
in Texas in December 2001, leading to speculation
that he may have staged his own disappearance.
However, there are still no answers in this
baffling missing person’s case.
6 The Murder Of Jodie Bordeaux
In 1997, Jodie and Shawn Bordeaux lived together
at a rural farmhouse on the Kickapoo Reservation
near Powhattan, Kansas.
They were both employed by the local Native-owned
casino, Golden Eagle, and Jodie was seven
months pregnant with her first child.On November
21, the couple was spending the night at their
farmhouse when an unknown assailant fired
a barrage of shots through the windows.
One of the bullets struck Jodie in the head.
She was killed instantly, and her unborn child
could not be saved.
While there have always been numerous potential
suspects in Jodie’s murder, her husband
believes the crime was connected to a situation
from their workplace.After being hired by
the Golden Casino, Jodie eventually worked
her way up to staff supervisor of the slot-machine
department.
However, there may have been internal resentment
about the promotion, as some employees did
not appreciate that Julie, who was not a Native
American, got such a prominent management
position in a Native-owned casino.Jodie frequently
had problems with one particularly insubordinate
employee and reported him to the casino management
board.
When Jodie fired the employee, he filed a
grievance with the tribal council, which ultimately
cost Jodie her job.
Jodie kept petitioning the council to rehire
her and started to receive threatening anonymous
phone calls before her murder.In spite of
the suspicious circumstances surrounding Jodie’s
death, no evidence has ever been found to
tie anyone to the crime.
There is also believed to be a veil of secrecy
on the Kickapoo Reservation preventing people
from coming forward with crucial information.
5 The Disappearance Of George Tsolakis
On the evening of February 23, 1992, 38-year-old
George Tsolakis, a married father of three,
phoned his wife from a sports club in Marlborough,
Connecticut, and said he was on his way home.
Before he got there, he vanished without a
trace.At the time, Tsolakis’s financial
life was a mess, so it was plausible that
he might have disappeared voluntarily.
He was approximately $200,000 in debt, with
a large chunk of that total in unpaid back
taxes.
He faced possible jail time for writing bad
checks and failing to pay court-ordered restitution.
He had also lost his pizza parlor businesses
for operating them without a permit.
Then there were the rumors that Tsolakis had
illegal gambling debts, so it wasn’t surprising
that his car eventually turned up at a casino
he frequented.On March 20, Tsolakis’s abandoned
vehicle was discovered in the parking lot
of the Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard.
It was covered with a large quantity of snow,
which seemed to indicate it had been parked
there for some time.When employees of the
casino were questioned, they reported seeing
Tsolakis at the establishment on numerous
occasions throughout the previous month.
One witness claimed she saw Tsolakis win some
money six days after his disappearance.
Other employees saw Tsolakis in the presence
of two unidentified men, and another staff
member allegedly issued him a buffet ticket
four days before his vehicle was found.Unfortunately,
while the casino did have surveillance cameras,
the footage was erased before investigators
could look at it and confirm that Tsolakis
had been there.
But if he had been at the casino, where did
he go without his vehicle?
After more than 20 years, there is still no
trace of George Tsolakis.
4 The Horizon Casino Heist
At approximately 4:00 AM on November 9, 2003,
a slot attendant at the Horizon Casino in
Vicksburg, Mississippi, stepped outside an
employee entrance for a break.
He was shocked to encounter an unidentified
masked man wearing a Dallas Cowboys jacket
who pulled out a gun and forced the employee
to let him inside.
The armed man then ordered the attendant to
lead him to a nearby cash cage, where other
employees were working.
The perpetrator announced that two bombs had
been planted in the building and demanded
that the employees hand over the money in
the cage.
They complied, and the robber left the building
with approximately $60,000.After the heist,
the casino was evacuated, and a shoe box wrapped
in duct tape was found in the loading dock.
However, this “bomb” turned out to be
a fake.
To complicate matters, an hour before the
robbery, an anonymous caller had phoned in
a false bomb threat to the Rainbow Casino
6 kilometers away.
If that wasn’t enough, a fire had been started
at a local elementary school and was being
fought around the same time the heist was
taking place.Investigators believe that the
robber personally called in the fake bomb
threat and started the school fire to create
multiple diversions and keep the authorities
occupied while he conducted his heist.
The scheme obviously worked.
After nearly 12 years, investigators have
not made any progress at identifying the perpetrator
or recovering the stolen money.
3 The Murder Of Gail Anne Thompson
On May 3, 1996, 56-year-old Gail Anne Thompson
and her husband, Bobby, left their home in
Middleton, Idaho, to spend the weekend gambling
in Jackpot, Nevada.
They were accompanied by another couple and
stayed at Cactus Pete’s Resort Casino.The
following evening, Bobby and the couple went
up to their hotel rooms while Gail continued
gambling in the casino.
Bobby claimed that he woke up the next morning
and was surprised to discover his wife was
not in their bed.
He and the other couple searched all the casinos
in Jackpot, but could not find any trace of
her.
Bobby also filed a missing persons report
with the local police.
However, his friends needed to get home, so
Bobby drove them back to Middleton before
the issue was resolved.On the morning of May
6, Gail’s body was discovered in an abandoned
lot.
Her head had been bashed with an unknown object,
and her throat was cut.
But the scene looked staged.
Even though her pants were down around her
knees, there were no signs of sexual assault.
Gail’s purse, wedding ring, and a folded
$20 bill were also left at the scene.
However, there had been some activity on her
ATM and credit cards the day before she was
found.Investigators noted that Bobby seemed
strangely unconcerned when his wife went missing.
The other couple claimed there was some animosity
between Gail and Bobby because she wanted
to move to Kansas to live closer to her family.
As this was Bobby’s fifth marriage, he raised
some eyebrows by getting remarried only three
months after Gail’s death.However, Bobby
died in 2000.
So if he had any answers about Gail’s unsolved
murder, he took them to his grave.
2 The Disappearance Of Jean Moore
In 1992, 59-year-old Jean Moore lived in Apple
Valley, California, with her fiance, Al Henderson.
On April 6, the couple decided to take a three-day
trip to Laughlin, Nevada.
According to Al, they planned to check out
of their hotel and head home on April 9, but
Jean wanted to spend that morning playing
her favorite slot machine at a nearby casino.
Al claimed that he dropped her off at the
casino with the understanding that she would
meet him at their hotel later.
When Jean didn’t show up, Al returned to
the casino but couldn’t find her.Eventually,
he contacted the police to report Jean missing.
However, Jean’s children from a previous
marriage never thought too highly of Al and
came to believe he was responsible for her
disappearance.Indeed, some disturbing discrepancies
emerged in Al’s story.
When police checked the casino’s surveillance
tapes from the morning Jean supposedly disappeared,
Al could be seen walking through the building
at various points, but Jean was nowhere in
the footage.
In fact, there was no video evidence that
Jean ever set foot in that casino.Police began
to question where the couple actually was
during their supposed three-day trip to Laughlin.
The night before Jean’s disappearance, Al
made a phone call from Laughlin to his bookkeeper,
who claimed that she briefly spoke with Jean.
However, that same day, a witness claimed
to have seen Jean and Al together at a gas
station in Apple Valley.In spite of these
problematic contradictions, the case went
cold.
Al Henderson passed away in 2001.
Jean Moore has never been found.
1 The Disappearance Of Agnes Le Roux
In 1977, 29-year-old Agnes Le Roux was the
heiress of the Palais de la Mediterranee,
a popular casino in Nice, France.
The casino was operated by Le Roux’s mother,
who refused to allow her daughter to withdraw
her inheritance.
Le Roux then decided to sell off her vote
on the administrative council to Jean-Dominique
Fratoni, a rival casino owner with Mafia ties.
This allowed Fratoni to buy out the Palais
de la Mediterranee, and Le Roux received a
payoff of three million francs.The hostile
takeover was orchestrated by a lawyer named
Jean-Maurice Agnelet, who was also Le Roux’s
lover, and the three million francs ended
up in their joint bank accounts.
On October 30, Le Roux was seen driving out
of Nice before she mysteriously vanished.
Allegedly, Le Roux left behind a note stating
that she wanted Agnelet to look after everything.
However, Agnelet had another mistress, and
Le Roux’s payoff money was transferred to
the joint accounts of Agnelet and the other
woman.
Although the mistress initially provided him
with an alibi for the day of Le Roux’s disappearance,
she later confessed that the alibi was false.Agnelet
was eventually charged with Le Roux’s murder.
He was acquitted in 2006, but the verdict
was overturned on appeal.
Agnelet received a 20-year sentence.
Then the European Court of Human Rights overruled
the verdict again, and Agnelet was retried
in 2014.
This time, Agnelet’s son testified against
him, claiming his father and mother had both
shared incriminating details about Le Roux’s
murder.
As a result, Agnelet’s conviction was upheld.There
is still controversy surrounding the case,
as Agnelet’s ex-wife has discounted her
son’s story.
A former mobster also claims Le Roux’s murder
was a Mafia hit and that Agnelet is completely
innocent.
Whatever the real truth, Agnes Le Roux’s
body has never been found.

16 thoughts on “10 Most Famous Casino Mysteries That are Still Unsolved”

  1. The cases were great and the video was well put together. The robo voice made it hard to watch. Either invest in better voice software or narrate the videos yourself.

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