The Mob Museum
Photo/Jeff Harris
On a cold February morning in 1929, four men, two of whom dressed as police, entered a Chicago garage, lined up five gangsters, a former optician and a mechanic and filled them with lead. The site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre was long ago leveled, but the bullet-pocked wall against which the victims stood still exists in Las Vegas. The painstakingly resurrected artifact of history’s most infamous mob execution is among the exhibits in that city’s Mob Museum, an institution dedicated to education, but nonetheless captivating for its morbid content. “People are drawn to the characters. They are charismatic individuals with their fingers on the levers of power. …
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