The Mob Museum opened last week in Las Vegas, NV in the old courthouse where Sen. Estes Kefauver held one of his 1950 committee hearings into organized crime.
Among the artifacts the Mob Museum contains is the bullet-riddled brick wall against which seven men from Bugs Moran's gang were lined up and gunned down by Al Capone's crew in the 1929 St. Valentine's Day massacre.
In order to avoid a retaliatory war -- so the theory goes -- Capone arranged for himself to be placed in protective custody for a year at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA until things cooled down in The Windy City as reported by George Anastasia from The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Although the Mob Museum generally is getting great reviews it inexplicably has a few notable omissions as reported by John Kass for the Chicago Tribune: "there were only a few brief mentions of Chicago Outfit boss Paul 'The Waiter' Ricca — and no mention at all of a famous U.S. senator from Nevada known to the mob as 'Mr. Clean Face.'"
Ricca "for decades held Las Vegas in the palm of one hand," and "Clean Face" apparently is Sen. Harry Reid who back in the day was the chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission.
Reid was called "'Mr. Clean Face' by Kansas City mobster Joe Agosto, who had turned federal witness in the FBI's case against the mob skimming of casino dollars," and "Agosto was recorded on FBI tape saying that 'I gotta Clean Face in my pocket.'" The now U.S. Senator says he was called "Clean Face" because he was beyond reproach, and state gaming regulators say Agosto's claim otherwise was an untrue boast. Who ya gonna believe: the mobster or the politician?