Las Vegas Mafia Museums Open New Mob Rivalry

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By the time
you discover whether you’ve been tapped for the path to unquestioned
respect and cash handouts, or for a bullet through the brain, it
will be too late.

But unlike
the real gangsters, visitors to the Las Vegas Mob Experience will
get a second chance to discover what led them down the path to being
"made" as a full member of the mafia, or getting "whacked".

The exhibition,
opening in the gambling mecca later this year, is the dream of the
daughter of an infamous Chicago mobster with a reputation as a vicious
killer, who was himself murdered.

Like all good
mob dramas, the theme park-style experience will not be without
a serious rival for its turf. The city-backed Las
Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement
plans to
open its doors just a few months later with displays such as the
wall that was the backdrop to the 1929 St Valentine’s Day massacre,
reassembled brick by brick, and a covert FBI recording of a mafia
induction ceremony. It promises to "set the record straight"
and "take the romance out of mob stories".

The Mob Experience,
to be displayed at the Tropicana casino on the Strip, has no intention
of taking the romance out of organised crime. The exhibition, backed
by Antoinette McConnell, the 74-year-old daughter of Sam "Momo"
Giancana, is described by the organisers as a mafia equivalent of
the popular Bodies exhibition of dissected corpses and Titanic:
The Artefact Exhibition.

It will display
more than 1,000 artefacts related to the mob that have never been
made public, including personal mementos. Among the displays will
be a recreation of Giancana’s living room. It will also include
the Final Fate, in which the visitor gets made or murdered.

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27, 2010

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