LAS VEGAS (December 2018) – The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces its roster of public programs for January. All media interested in attending or covering these events must RSVP to receive credentials by replying to this email or calling (702) 249-2977.

The Mob in Havana: The Rise, the Fall and the Legacy

DATE: Saturday, January 5

TIME: 2 p.m.

LOCATION: Organized Crime Today exhibit

COST: Free for Museum Members or with Museum admission

SPEAKER: Scott M. Deitche

DESCRIPTION: Listen and learn to the fascinating story of when the Mob set up operations in Havana, Cuba, turning the Caribbean Island into a gambling mecca rivaling Las Vegas in the 1950s from Florida-based Mob historian Scott Deitche. An author specializing in organized crime and the mafia, Deitche has written seven books and published more than 50 articles on the topic. He will cover the fateful 1946 Mob conference in Havana, the Mob’s downfall in Cuba and its role in CIA efforts to assassinate Fidel Castro. Lastly, to tie everything together, he will provide a fresh look at the Mob’s legacies in Cuba today.

Science of Crime – Metro Crime Lab on Biology/ DNA

DATE: Saturday, January 12

TIME: 2 to 3 p.m.

LOCATION: Organized Crime Today exhibit space

COST: Free for Members or with Museum admission

SPEAKER: Christine Whittle, forensic scientist, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s (LVMPD) Biology/ DNA Detail

DESCRIPTION: Each month, The Mob Museum and the LVMPD Forensic Laboratory present an in-depth look at the disciplines and sciences that encompass forensic science. At January’s event, attendees will hear from the Biology/DNA Detail, which is responsible for the identification of biological materials, DNA analysis and the administration of the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, the local DNA database that feeds into the national DNA database. Attendees will learn how this discipline is applied in criminal cases.

John L Smith on Gus Greenbaum Murder

DATE: Saturday, January 19

TIME: 2 p.m.

LOCATION: The Courtroom

COST: Free for members or with Museum admission

SPEAKER: John L. Smith

DESCRIPTION: Gus Greenbaum ran the Flamingo and Riviera hotel-casinos for the Mob, siphoning millions of dollars for crime bosses across the country. His influence earned him the title, “Mayor of Paradise,” the name of the township where the Las Vegas Strip is located. But in December 1958, Greenbaum and his wife, Bess, were murdered in their Phoenix home. No one was ever prosecuted. Veteran Las Vegas journalist and author John L. Smith delves into Greenbaum’s story, from working with Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel at the Flamingo to his reluctant reign at the Riviera. He will also examine the evidence in the unsolved murder case.

Community Safety Forum – Burglary & Robbery Prevention

DATE: Sunday, January 20

TIME: 2 p.m.

LOCATION: Courtroom

COST: Free, and includes free Museum admission sponsored by NV Energy.

SPEAKER: Sgt. Joshua Stark, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

DESCRIPTION: This presentation will focus on what thieves and burglars look for in victims and how to avoid becoming one. Attendees will learn tips for prevention and awareness, as well as resources to reduce the chances of becoming a victim.

Wiseguy Speaker: Phyllis Karas on Boston Mob Women

DATE: Wednesday, January 23

TIME: 7 p.m.

LOCATION: The Courtroom

COST: Free for members or with Museum admission

SPEAKER: Phyllis Karas

DESCRIPTION: Learn about the trials and tribulations of women in the brutal world of South Boston mobsters. The Mob Museum will host New York Times best-selling author, Phyllis Karas, to discuss her book, “The Women of Southie.” Karas has written 11 books and is a professor of journalism at Boston University. While researching the Mob in South Boston, Karas came to believe that the women in these men’s lives were more interesting than the men themselves. She documented the women’s courage in dealing with extraordinary problems, such as physical abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction and suicide. With the help of mobster Kevin Weeks’ wife, Anna, she found six women whose stories showed incredible strength, as well as fascinating perspectives on the inner workings of South Boston, where James “Whitey” Bulger reigned for many years. A book signing follows the conclusion of the program.

For more information, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit


The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. It debuted a major renovation in 2018, including a Crime Lab, Use of Force Training Experience, and Organized Crime Today exhibit as well as The Underground, a basement-level Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery and sponsored by Zappos. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of’s Top 7 “Travel Brag Landmarks,” one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine and is a multi-year winner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” rankings. The Mob Museum has been awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums. General admission is $26.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit Connect on Facebook at or Twitter @themobmuseum.

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