Thursday, 16 February 2012

Only in America - Government funds Las Vegas mobster museum

Las Vegas opened it's doors to it's latest attraction on Tuesday, a museum dedicated to the city's story as a centre of mob violence and rule.

The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement sets out to depict seminal times in The Mob war's hits and ways of operating their illegal enterprise. What is most surprising is that the opening of the museum has been assisted by $42m of government funding.

The museum will attempt to illustrate the battles from both sides of the law and how The Mob helped to build the original Las Vegas strip and to police the city without the assistance of the law.

The museum's operators have denied that by opening the museum they are sensationalising events and they may have a point given the tale of how Las Vegas began.  But on the other hand, could you imagine the Chinese Government funding a museum about Triad Gangs or the British Government funding museums about Yardies?

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