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Mob Museum unveils barber chair from 1957 murder

Mob Museum officials on Wednesday unveiled another artifact from organized crime’s bloody history, the barber’s chair occupied by crime boss and hit man Albert Anastasia when he was shot to death in New York.

“This particular exhibit shows the gory side, the violent side … the terrorizing side of organized crime,” Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said.

Anastasia was boss of the Gambino crime family and ran a gang of contract killers known as “Murder Inc.,” who killed an estimated 400 to 700 people.

His slaying on Oct. 25, 1957, was never solved, but it is thought to have been a result of a dispute with the crime family over casino profits. It generated a lot of publicity because it occurred during the day in what then was the Park Sheraton Hotel, now Park Central Hotel.

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