Las Vegas Celebrates Criminal Roots With New Mob Museum


On the 83rd anniversary of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Las Vegas on Tuesday opened a new $42 million museum dedicated to the mobsters that helped create the desert Sin City, reports the Associated Press. Las Vegas has long been enamored with its gangster roots. Its longtime former mayor played himself in the mob flick “Casino” and hotels here often promote their nefarious origins. But the publicly funded Mob Museum, located downtown, represents a new height in its devotion to lawlessness.

It's the second mob-themed attraction to open in Las Vegas in the past year. The Mob Experience at the Tropicana casino on the Las Vegas Strip quickly shut down because of slow ticket sales and other problems. It's slated to reopen later this year under the name Mob Attraction Las Vegas. City officials said their version will perform better because it's an authentic examination of the decisions and circumstances that made Las Vegas an international symbol of debauchery and excess. The museum is housed in a former Depression-era federal courthouse where the seventh of 14 U.S. Senate hearings on organized crime was held in the early 1950s.

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