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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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Ninety years later, Arnold Rothstein murder still a mystery

Ninety years ago this week, with the dying breath of New York’s most provocative Mob entrepreneur, one of America’s great…

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Boston mobster Whitey Bulger killed

James “Whitey” Bulger, the violent Boston mobster serving a life sentence for taking part in 11 murders, was reportedly beaten…

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‘At home on the streets, and always on the job’

A freelance newspaper photographer named Arthur Fellig, a squat, rumpled, cigar-chomping immigrant who liked being called Weegee, will forever be…

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After 50 years on the Las Vegas Strip, Circus Circus still going strong

Fifty years ago this month, Circus Circus opened its doors at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s…

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When the Mafia ruled Times Square

The latest television series featuring Mob figures continues this fall with the second season of HBO’s The Deuce, focusing on…

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Leave no trace

In 1934, John Dillinger was one of America’s most wanted. He was in hiding in Chicago and looking for a…

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The Don of Silicon Valley

Joe Cerrito died on September 7, 1978, from a heart attack at age 67. He was a successful businessman in…

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