Ghosts, Gangsters, and Gamblers of Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is a city with a rich history and colorful past, complete with famous skeletons in her closets and numerous ghosts making their presences known around town. From the orbs that show up in photos taken in the Luxor's lobby to the ghosts of two murdered children that roam Green Valley Park, there is a dark side of the city that lurks behind the famous marquee signs and jackpots. Wander the gardens of Bugsy Siegel's old stomping grounds, eat at the restaurant Liberace once owned and seems to still frequent ...

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Overview

Las Vegas is a city with a rich history and colorful past, complete with famous skeletons in her closets and numerous ghosts making their presences known around town. From the orbs that show up in photos taken in the Luxor's lobby to the ghosts of two murdered children that roam Green Valley Park, there is a dark side of the city that lurks behind the famous marquee signs and jackpots. Wander the gardens of Bugsy Siegel's old stomping grounds, eat at the restaurant Liberace once owned and seems to still frequent today, or stare up at the top of the Stratosphere and try to imagine how anyone could ever jump.

Enjoy this handy guide as you explore the city---a city where the odds are good that a spirited lady luck will lure you back again and again.

Covers Las Vegas and the surrounding areas and includes historical information, and fun facts

Provides the history of Las Vegas, the mob's alleged involvement, and the players and ghosts that make "Sin City" tick

Offers a site guide and suggestions for day trips to hounted hotels, parks, schools, and celebrity ghost hang outs, as well as locations of famous crime scenes and tragedies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764332944
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 5

Introduction: Ghosts, Gangsters, and a Few Good Gamblers 6

1 The History of Las Vegas 8

2 Visions of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel 16

3 Gangsters-The Rest of the Story 25

4 Howard Hughes 30

5 Carole Lombard Death Mysterious and Fascinating 39

6 The Baroness 47

7 Frank Sinatra 50

8 The Rat Pack 59

9 Marilyn 65

10 Liberace and Carlucci's Tivoli Gardens 70

11 Has Elvis Really Left The Building? 78

12 Redd Foxx Won't Leave His Las Vegas Home 83

13 Binion Murder: A Little Weird Even For Las Vegas 89

14 Bobby Hatfield Can't Let Go of His Favorite Place In Vegas 94

15 The Death of Tupac Shakur 99

16 The El Rancho and The Thunderbird 103

17 Whiskey Pete's Hotel & Casino 106

18 The Union Plaza & Casino 109

19 The Tropicana and Kalanau 112

20 The MGM Grand Goes Up in Smoke 115

21 The Aladdin Hotel 120

22 The Mirage, the Castaways, and the Bathroom 127

23 The Curse of the Luxor 130

24 The Excalibur and The Dunes 139

25 The Scariest Show on Earth 143

26 Suicides in Sin City 146

27 Ghosts of Old Casinos 161

28 The Boneyard 166

29 Ghosts of the Future 171

30 Tour Operator Robert Allen Knows His Vegas Ghosts 173

31 Glitter Gulch 181

32 Las Vegas Academy 183

33 Educated Ghosts 185

34 The Haunted Mansion That Nobody Wants 187

35 Green Valley Park in Henderson, Nevada, Hosts Ghosts 189

36 Potosi Becomes Nevada's First Ghost Town 199

37 Amargosa Opera House & Hotel Home to Music and Ghosts 202

38 Pioneer Saloon Has Bullet Holes and Ghosts 209

39 Once Prominent Town, Rhyolite Now A Nevada Ghost Town 213

40 Goldfield Hotel Host to Numerous Ghostly Guests 216

41 Chef Haunts Favorite Restaurant in DeathValley 220

42 Oatie the Ghost Walks the Streets of Oatman 223

43 Chloride & Mineral Park Mining Towns Host Ghosts 226

44 Hoover Dam and Boulder City Hotel Host Ghosts of the Past 229

45 Area 51: Aliens Among Us? 233

46 The Little A 'Le' Inn 239

47 Fun Facts About Sin City and Nevada 243

48 Tourists 247

49 Got Ghosts? 250

Conclusion 252

Bibliography 254

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