Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New Las Vegas Museum focuses on city's founding fathers... the mob

The promoters of Las Vegas’ newest museum would like you to say hello to their little friends. Opening on Feb. 14, The Mob Museum chronicles the lives — and often gruesome deaths — of Al Capone, “Bugsy” Siegel and a rogue’s gallery of crooks, hoods and Mafioso.

“You can’t tell the story of Las Vegas without talking about organized crime,” said Jonathan Ullman, the museum’s executive director. “It’s part of the genesis of the city as the destination that it became.”

Or, as three-time mayor and former “mob attorney” Oscar Goodman puts it: “Las Vegas is unique. Our founding fathers were alleged mobsters.”
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1 comment:

Jason said...

I'd wager the museum is a total whitewash when it comes to J. Edgar and his supposed efforts to battle organized crime. He turned a blind eye and enabled it for so long that these criminal networks are now legitimized and still run the show in that city and elsewhere. It's disgusting to think that a guy like Lansky's attorney gets away with glamorizing the trade.

If you want the real story on organized crime in the US, start with any book by Hank Messick.