FBI Backing Plan for Vegas Mob Museum: "LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas is building a museum about some of its founding fathers and most influential figures—guys with names like Bugsy, Lefty and Lansky.
The mob museum will stand as frank acknowledgment of the major role mobsters played in developing Las Vegas into the gambling capital of America and giving the city its rakish glamour during the 1940s and '50s.
'Let's be brutally honest, warts and all. This is more than legend. It's fact,' said Mayor Oscar Goodman, a former defense attorney whose clients once included mobsters Meyer Lansky and Anthony 'Tony the Ant' Spilotro. 'This is something that differentiates us from other cities.'
The project has gained the support of the FBI and is guided by a retired FBI agent."