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Al Capone gun on display at Mob Museum

September 29, 2016

It was known as a “lemon squeezer” back in the day, a pocket “defense” gun without a hammer that holds five .38-caliber rounds. The single-trigger pistol has a bending “top break” revolver for easy loading and an automatic ejector to remove spent cartridges. Lightweight, with a 3.25-inch barrel, it’s easy to conceal. The Smith & Wesson .38 Military & Police Model from 1905 must have suited Chicago-based gangster Al Capone fine when he bought it in 1928. Not only did Capone have a lot to hide, he was dodging assassination attempts by the Bugs Moran gang and other rivals of his $100 ...

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What Moe Dalitz didn’t say to Kefauver

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The wild ones

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Gangster-built Golden Nugget turns 70

By the late summer of 1946, Guy McAfee was the best-known big shot in Las Vegas. McAfee, 58, had spent…

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Too early for obituaries

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Fifty years ago, Jay Sarno opened Caesars Palace and changed the face of Las Vegas

When hotel developer Jay Sarno unwrapped his innovative Caesars Palace hotel-casino for a prolonged grand opening party on August 5,…

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Mojitos, daiquiris and beyond

In the early 20th century Cuban bartenders, known as cantineros, created a unique cocktail culture that hit its zenith in…

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The Havana conference

  Mob meetings are tricky events to organize. Travel logistics aside, the conflicting personalities, territorial beefs, and ever-present threat of…

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