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Rose Marie, who performed at the Flamingo opening in 1946, remembers it well

November 3, 2017

Rose Marie’s trademark raspy voice has more energy than a casino full of lucky gamblers, and she’s not shy about sharing personal stories of Bugsy Siegel, Virginia Hill, the “guys” and the opening of the Flamingo Hotel on December 26, 1946. In a recent interview, the 93-year-old shot out Las Vegas memories in a rapid-fire style, speaking as fast as she could lest one of them be forgotten. “I’ll do the best I can,” she promised — and her best was amazing. Toggling between what she’s doing currently and her eventful past, Rose Marie started by discussing her documentary. “You know they’re ...

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The ‘Gulf Stream Pirate’ – Rumrunning leads to shooting in Prohibition Era

The Prohibition Era is at times characterized by the speakeasy, with men in suits and women in gowns drinking free-flowing…

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Don’t dare call him ‘Three Finger Brown’

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Ten years ago, epic ‘Family Secrets’ trial crippled the Chicago Outfit

The historic “Family Secrets” trial began 10 years ago in Chicago, finally bringing to justice several top Midwestern mobsters responsible…

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Seventy years ago today, Bugsy Siegel’s storied Mob life came to an abrupt end

It is important to our Museum and to me as the resident historian that criminals and their criminal acts are…

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New York indictments allege Georgian mafia activities in four U.S. states

The country of Georgia, wedged between Russia and Turkey with the Black Sea forming its western border, gained its independence…

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The hit that could have sunk Las Vegas

On May 2, 1957, Frank Costello thought he had problems, but he had no idea. He was appealing a five-year…

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Organized crime runs rampant in Latin America

In the United States, organized crime groups steal about $66 billion from retail, cargo, auto and jewelry businesses each year….

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