Press Release


Silent Don

Event Free for Museum Members or with Paid Admission

LAS VEGAS (June 2014) – This August, Havana becomes the focus of special programming at The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. On Saturday, August 9 at 1 p.m., author and noted Mob expert Scott Deitche will present “The Havana Underworld: Mafia Influence from Tampa to Cuba.” He will sign his books, “Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld” and “The Silent Don: The World of Santo Trafficanto, Jr.,” after the presentation.

Deitche’s presentation at the Museum follows “Hot Havana Nights,” a vibrant celebration of Cuban music, entertainment, cuisine and culture, which takes place Thursday, August 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. Hot Havana Nights is presented in collaboration with the Cuban Heritage Foundation and the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce and recreates a world when the Mob ruled Havana.

Havana was the first Vegas. Lavish casinos and exciting nightclubs transformed the tropical city into a top tourist destination, and a haven for the Mafia. From Lucky Luciano to Meyer Lansky, and Mob families from Pittsburgh to Chicago, the American underworld was deeply entrenched in pre-Castro Cuba. But few crime figures loomed as large as Santo Trafficante, Jr., boss of the Tampa Mob. Deitche’s talk will examine the Mafia in Cuba through the influence of the Tampa Mob, from their early forays into Havana in the 1930s, to Trafficante’s reign over the casinos and beyond, to the Mafia-CIA plots to assassinate Fidel Castro.

In addition to authoring books, Deitche has written dozens of articles on organized crime for local and national magazines and newspapers. He has been featured on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, A&E, C-SPAN and both national and local news and radio shows.

To make reservations, visit The Mob Museum’s website. For more information, please call (702) 229-2734.


The Mob Museum is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. It presents an exciting and authentic view of the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in a bold and contemporary style via engaging exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and more than 600 artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and related law enforcement memorabilia under one roof. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “Las Vegas’ Best New Attractions for 2012” by Travel + Leisure magazine, “9 Reasons to Visit Las Vegas” by CNNgo, a finalist for the “Best Wider World Project Award,” by the British Guild of Travel Writers and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Admission is $19.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. Museum hours are Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit . Connect on Facebook:   and on Twitter: @TheMobMuseum.