Floor 2

The Kefauver Hearings

The corrosive influence of organized crime, and the stark reality of its ruthless violence, took time to hit home. During Prohibition, the Mob helped people put the “happy” in Happy Hour. But as organized crime expanded, concerned citizens demanded action. ...

Open City

As law enforcement across the nation cracked down on illegal gambling, mobsters cast their eyes toward Las Vegas. Nevada had legalized gambling in 1931, and Las Vegas was regarded as an “open city,” meaning that no one crime syndicate could dominate the tow...

Web of Deceit

Like a spider spreading its web, the Mob expanded patiently, relentlessly and ominously. Eventually it formed a vast, often invisible network, ensnaring whatever got tangled in its sticky strands. Politicians and labor leaders often got caught in the web, d...

Mob’s Greatest Hits

For mobsters, murder was a frequent solution to their internal conflicts. Gruesome violence was part of Mob life, exacting a terrible toll on individuals, families and — despite Bugsy Siegel’s assertion that “We only kill each other” — innocent bystanders.