On the 83rd anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, The Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement opened its doors. After six years of research and restoration anticipations were high, and the museum received great acclaim upon review. The three-level building housed in a former federal court house and post office, known for its association with the Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime, contains 37 authentic audiovisual elements produced here at Northern Light Productions.
The Northern Light team conducted 11 original interviews which bring a particularly personal flavor to the story of organized crime in America. These interviews include former mob lawyer and Mayor of Las Vegas Oscar Goodman, FBI super-agents such as “DonnieBrasco” and Jack Garcia, and former mobsters Frank Cullotta and Andrew DiDonato. Such characters aptly display the reoccurring theme throughout the museum of the battle between authorities bent on bringing down the mob and the inner workings of the mob whose adaptability and culture has maintained its presence throughout American history.
Other programs, for example, cover historic events, notorious mobsters, and offer atmospheric attention to issues of mob violence and criminal activity. One program, “Bootleg Wars” traces the bloody struggle for supremacy in Chicago between Al Capone’s South Side Gang and Bugs Moran’s North Side Gang in Prohibition-era Chicago. The program itself is projected upon the museum’s most prized artifact – the brick wall against which the St. Valentine’s Day massacre actually happened.
The program “Mob Mayhem” is projected through a curtain of dirtied plastic strips like those of a slaughter house. Detailed graphic imagery and footage brings the viewer through a history of mob violence starting with the hit of Bugsy Siegel at his lover’s home in Beverly Hills to the brutal murder of mob boss Paul Castellano outside Sparks Steakhouse in 1985. This video, as with many others, is complimented by a fascinating artifact acquired by the museum’s impressive curatorial team. In this case, the baby blue barber chair, where in 1957, Albert Anastasia – aka “Lord High Executioner” was murder in New York City at the Park Sheraton Hotel while getting a haircut and shave stands out as a signature artifact of the museum.
Check out this ABC News video about the opening:
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