Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Visiting the The Mob Museum in Las Vegas

The Mob Museum, i.e. the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, located in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, features artifacts, stories, and the history of organized crime in the United States, along with the actions and initiatives by law enforcement to thwart their efforts.

A Who's Who of organized crime from across the country, left. Behaviors associated with lower-level mob associates as they get older, right.

Aritifacts of Las Vegas history, left. A diagram, right, of racketeering over the years.

Left, linking the organized criminal network across the country. Gallon flasks for transporting alcohol that fit into an otherwise innocent looking briefcase, right, made by Abercrombie & Fitch.

A Thompson submachine gun, left, a popular weapon amongst criminals and lawmen during Prohibition and the Great Depression. Toys of the time, center, popularizing the exploits of Government agents, G-Men, fighting against organized crime. Right, A ticket for game four of the 1919 World Series where gamblers conspired with eight Chicago White Sox players to throw the Series in favor of the Cincinnati Reds.

Left, a cast iron souvenir hatcher lauding the efforts of Temperance crusader Carrie Nation. Center, pockets in bloomers to carry illicit alcohol. A display of cans, right, part of The Pizza Connection exhibit, where the Mob utilized pizza parlors as fronts for narcotics sales and collections.

On the menu: Des Moines' connection to organized crime.

The graphic scope of international organized crime, with drug and human trafficking, cyber-crime, and counterfeit goods, left and center. Right, Made Men and their associates.

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