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Bet On It: Mob Museum Will Open in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has a museum you can’t refuse. Even the FBI is backing it.

Al Capone/fbi photo

Al Capone/fbi photo


By Oskar Garcia
Associated Press
LAS VEGAS--The Las Vegas City Council unveiled the name of its planned mob museum this week, along with logos resembling court documents with material blacked out – The (redacted) Museum: The Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement.
The first redaction obscures the word “mob.”
Mayor Oscar Goodman, a former criminal defense lawyer who represented organized crime figures before representing voters in City Hall, has pushed for the museum since 2002. It is expected to open in spring 2010 in downtown Las Vegas, at the site of a former federal courthouse where Goodman tried his first case.
As city officials unveiled the plans, council members tossed around T-shirts that said: “There is no such thing as a mob museum nor have I ever been there.”
Plans for the museum are supported by the FBI, which has pledged to locate organized crime artifacts in Washington and lend them for displays. The former head of the Las Vegas FBI office, Ellen Knowlton, is chairwoman of the museum’s board.
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