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Spirits that stay here are all the unhappy, convicted mobsters and their underlings who heard their fate in this court house.

 

 

DESCRIPTION

The former 1933 Classic Revival style Las Vegas Courthouse and The United States Post Office building is quite beautiful on the outside and inside and says a lot about what purpose this building was originally used for, as money was flowing for this project.

It now is the home of THE MOB MUSEUM:The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement; a fascinating and interesting, unique museum.

Mission Statement:”The Mob Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to advance the public understanding of organized crime’s history and impact on American society. The Mob Museum offers a bold and authentic view of organized crime from vintage Las Vegas to the back alleys of American cities and—increasingly—across the borders and networks of the entire world.”

Tom and I visited this fantastic four floored museum and really enjoyed exploring the real stories and actually events of “Mob history through interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind Mob and law enforcement artifacts.” Wow! It was worth the price of the ticket. A lot of the blanks in my knowledge of the Mob’s and law enforcement’s complicated history were nicely filled in by all the hard work put into this fine museum.

Artifacts and exhibits that stood out to me: There are a lot of videos of actual events and mobsters, all their tricks and killing devices of the trade, a picture display of known hired killers, video and pictures on how they got started in this life of crime and violence, and an interacting computer video with a mobster that is quizzing you about what you must be able to do if you want to join them. There are also large pictures of all the mobsters posted on a wall, with a description of what they did and what happened to them. Yikes. Also there are exhibits and videos on how the FBI caught and shut them down.

We also saw a 1950 courtroom or two that were intact; a place where some important cases and inquiries were held concerning Mob activities, and where many mobsters were brought to justice.

Other interesting displays include old outfits, personal possessions and other interesting artifacts that wow the visitor. In the basement, there is a speak-easy set up that serves real drinks.

Besides buying a general admission ticket, you can pay more to be involved with the Crime Lab Experience or The Use of Force Training Experience. If you want it all, you can buy an all access pass.

 

HISTORY

The design and construction of this fabulous building was under the direction of James A Wetmore, between 1931 and 1933. It opens in 1933 as the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, a judicial representative of the Federal Court. For its first 12 years, it was mostly used as a Post Office because the nearest Federal judge was in Carson City, 400 miles away. Twice a year, this judge would make the trek to Las Vegas to hear cases.

This changed in 1945, when a Federal judge was assigned to the Las Vegas United States District Court. By 1950, the joint was jumping’ beginning with “one of the famed Kefauver Committee hearings. On November 15, 1950, the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, led by Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver, heard testimony in the courtroom on the second floor.”

Who was on the hot seat? Las Vegas casino owners and managers who had ties to notorious Mob bosses arrived November 15th, 1950 up to the second-floor courtroom to answer questions about Mob involvement from members of the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce. Hopefully they didn’t pay for their testimony with their lives.

Probably sometime in the late 1990s’, it was decided that this 1933 Federal Courthouse no longer met the needs of Las Vegas, so a new building was planned and constructed at 333 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 8910, probably by 2001.

In 2002, this 1933 Federal Courthouse building was sold for a dollar to the city of Las Vegas with the attached condition that they would turn it into a museum. With the help of Federal, Nevada State and Local Government grants, the building was restored and renovated to great success. Wanting the best mob museum, they hired leading museum designers to create a museum that told the true story of “organized crime and law enforcement in the United States.”

 

HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS

Personal artifacts, and memorabilia can draw spirits back to see their possessions and look at the old pictures, publicity about their lives. Both Mobsters and the lawmen who chased them would be interested in all the stuff on display. Spirits of convicted criminals sometimes like to hang out in the places where they were jailed, tried, convicted and/or died.

Many Las Vegas mobsters were tried and convicted in this courthouse. The Mob Museum has been described as a “monument to organized crime is a colorful and loud eulogy to the era’s countless victims.” Sometimes spirits of victims of violence or the negative energy that was created attach to an item, room or building where they were slain.

The brick wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre , and the barber chair where crime boss Albert Anastasia was murdered are on display. The Mob Museum has been described as a “monument to organized crime is a colorful and loud eulogy to the era’s countless victims.”

 

MANIFESTATIONS

The obvious spirits that stay here or visit are all the unhappy, convicted mobsters and their underlings who heard their fate in this court house. Perhaps a witness or two who had to testify against a mobster but didn’t live because of their testimony also come with their regrets and relive what they did to get murdered. The Mob Museum has been described as a “monument to organized crime is a colorful and loud eulogy to the era’s countless victims.” Perhaps some of the Mob’s countless victims make themselves feel better as well.

Hallways

Especially the 2nd floor where the courtroom was located.

Shadows and apparitions are floating and moving down the halls in not a happy mood for a very long time.

Shadows and apparitions have been felt for years.

2nd Floor Courtroom

I felt spirits in this courtroom and cold spots, which are personal experiences.

The Exhibits

Perhaps spirits unhappy about being convicted or perhaps hapless witnesses make themselves feel better by visiting the displays that make them feel better and less restless.

Perhaps spirits of lawmen who chased and battled with these mobsters also come to visit their accomplishments that may have killed them as well.

The many victims of mob violence may find some comfort in seeing the fate of their killers.

There is one big wall exhibit of all the mob’s hitmen and what happened to them.

Specific Displays

The Wall of bricks from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre:

It is amazing that all the bricks are still together. The bricks are said to have soaked up a boatload of negative energy. While most were kept together hoping to sell them as a wall, some were smuggled out and sold. However, they were returned when the recipient suffered from bad luck and misfortune. The wall radiates a negative, uncomfortable aura and I didn’t get too close to them.

The barber chair where crime boss, Albert Anastasia, was murdered is on display.

It possibly draws the spirit of Albert Anastasia back for a visit or two. The chair also sucked in negative energy.

STILL HAUNTED?

Probably so, though not enough has been shared recently; either hard evidence or personal experiences.

The spirits of gangsters and witnesses have probably been seen for years giving the building the reputation of being haunted amongst the Las Vegas Community.

Current Staff and visitors late at night have had personal experiences but haven’t publicly shared them. The figures of convicted mobsters probably were noticed before the building became a museum, so that story has been shared. I know what I felt as a sensitive which falls under having personal experiences.

The Mob Museum claims that their building is haunted but doesn’t explain any of the details. They want the public to buy a ticket and go on a ghost hunt where participants can’t keep any of the evidenced they capture. No evidence that may have been caught has been shared with the public. Several sources claim that the building is haunted but with just general statements.

 

LOCATION

The Mob Museum: The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement
300 Stewart Ave,
Las Vegas, NV 89101

The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement is located in downtown Las Vegas at N. 3rd Street and Stewart Avenue, just across the street From Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino.

SOURCES INCLUDE

  • themobmuseum.org
  • www.thrillist.com
  • www.inverse.com/article/10682-the-mob-museum-in-las-vegas-is-a-moment-of-silence-amid-lights-and-sounds
  • godaddywp.com/chicago_saint-valentines-day

 
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