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Forensic scientists examine Mob Museum artifacts for evidence of criminal past

January 15, 2019

Forensic science, including DNA analysis and other fields related to examining blood found at a crime scene, is a powerful tool for investigating crimes. But it can be extremely time sensitive. As blood dries, it flakes, which makes it challenging to examine and analyze potential murder weapons decades, or even mere days, later. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department senior crime scene analyst Tabatha Paine tests a cotton swab with phenolphthalein. Time was not on the Mob Museum’s side this fall when two of its newest acquisitions, a machete and an ice pick belonging to New York Mafia hitman Roy DeMeo, reached the Museum’s collection. Before they were placed ...

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The rise of Castro and the fall of the Havana Mob

When Fidel Castro, his brother Raul, Che Guevara and 79 other Cuban rebels piled into the 43-foot yacht Granma on…

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The Kansas City connection

In the 1995 movie Casino, the Mob’s control of skimming at Las Vegas casinos is exposed when authorities learn about…

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Hoodlums at the Statler

In the early morning hours of December 5, 1928, patrol officer Frank Osowski was walking his beat in downtown Cleveland…

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Gus Greenbaum, Las Vegas casino operator for the Mob, and his wife were murdered 60 years ago this week

After nightfall on December 2, 1958, Bess Greenbaum, wife of Las Vegas casino boss Gus Greenbaum, drove from their Phoenix…

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Whitey in Hollywood

One of the most overtly symbolic scenes in Mob movie-making comes at the end of Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning film The…

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The world’s top five Mob bosses

There was a time when Mob bosses in the United States were household names, but not anymore. Consider the FBI’s…

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World War I played key role in passage of Prohibition

In January 1919, Albert Von Tinzler and Edward Laska published “The Alcoholic Blues,” a song describing the feelings of a…

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