Select It Sunday: George Vandermark

Selected by Jason: George Jay Vandermark, missing from Las Vegas since 1976. He sort of straddles the line between missing person and fugitive, I guess. He is known to have stolen seven million dollars from casinos and was involved with organized crime. However the authorities believe Mr. Vandermark met with foul play, possibly at the hands of the aforementioned organized crime people.

If Vandermark wasn’t killed and simply went underground to avoid the cops and/or the Mafia, it’s possible he went to Mexico. Selector Jason thinks he could still be alive, but if that is the case he’d be 91 now.

3 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: George Vandermark

  1. Lauren November 23, 2014 / 2:11 am

    Very interesting!! Does anyone know if the son’s murderer was ever caught?

  2. Jason November 23, 2014 / 5:04 am

    While I believe he is probably dead at this point, I’m not necessarily convinced he was killed.

    I don’t think investigators did that great a job. After his son was killed, I think they just marked him off as “killed by the mob” and left it there. They stated the sons death was “drug-related” and the Chicago mob at the time was the only syndicate that stayed away from drugs. While the mob definitely wanted Vandermark dead, I mean he did steal around half of the skim, I don’t see any hard evidence that they got him.

    Also, fun fact, in the movie Casino, the character John Nance was a composite of several different people, including Vandermark. At the end, they show him being killed while hiding from the law and mob in Costa Rica.

  3. John December 4, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    When I was a kid, my family used to go to the stardust on vacation for about 4 straight years in the early 70s. I have a great memory of faces and I’m sure I saw him on several occasions. He used to wear clothes somewhat like people in the hospital wear. I have to tell you he was ascary looking dude. He had the kind of face that looked like he got into a lot of fights. People were stealing money out of that place, other than the well publicized skim. I’m surprised after all the stealing anything was left over?

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