Las Vegas is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Many people go to the city in to relax. In some quarters, those who visit this city to sample its delights may be considered degenerates. It is for this reasonthat famous crimes Las Vegas draw more attention than famous crimes elsewhere. The following is a list of ten of the famous crimes in Las Vegas. They are not in any particular order.
1. The Murder of Tupac Shakur
Tupac was shot in Las Vegas on 7th September 1996. He died six days later. This crime was made famous by Tupac’s profile as one of the most influential rappers in American history. Conspiracy theories surrounding the death also increased interest in it.
2. The Hilton Arson
The Hilton in Vegas has a place in history of the city. It hosted big names such as Elvis Presley. This gave it a high profile among hotels. When it burned down killing eight people the incident made international news.
3. Bellagio Casino Robbery
Casinos are heavily surveilled and therefore difficult to rob. Antony Carleo, stole chips worth $1.5 million and got away before he was arrested.
4. Bamlet Murder
The culinary workers’ union 226 under the leadership of Al Bamlet was the most powerful union in Vegas. Bamlet was murdered in 1977 by hitmen he had hired to bomb a non-compliant hotel.
5. O.J. Simpson Memorabilia Robbery
Simpson had become infamous during his trial for the murder of his wife and her lover. He and five associates stole his memorabilia from two dealers. The robbery was captured on tape and it captures national attention.
6. Jessica Williams DUI
In this case an unpaired person was convicted for DUI. The conviction of Jessica Williams was based on the readings of her blood tests.
7. Tony Spilotro and the Hole in the Wall gang
Spilotro was a mafia enforcer who ran a high-end burglar gang on the side. During his trial for the robberies, the jury couldn’t reach a verdict. The lack of a verdict necessitated a retrial. Spilotro also had an affair with the wife of a Vegas mob boss. The mafia in Chicago unhappy with the visibility Spilotro was bringing them killed him. His story was made into the movie Casino in 1995.
8. Christina Lafave and the Tourists Rolex
Lafave stole an Australian tourist’s watch valued at $35000. The case made international headlines because she hid the watch in her vagina. This crime was committed in 204.
9. Kevyn Wynne Kidnap
The victim was the daughter of Steve Wynne, CEO of Treasure Island and Bellagio casino. To secure her release, Steve paid a ransom of $1.45 million. Perpetrators were arrested a few days later when one of them went to buy a Ferrari.
10. Ted Binion Murder
Ted Binion was first an object of public attention in 1967. A cab driver had tried to kidnap him. His father Benny Binion was an old time badass. He ordered the cab driver killed. 20 years later, Ted was found dead under mysterious circumstances. His best friend and girl friend were convicted for his murder. They were later released on appeal.
All cities in the world have their measure of crime. Other cities in the US and the world have had much more horrific crimes. There are also cities that have much higher crime rates than Vegas around the world. Many people, however, assume that Las Vegas has more incidences of crime. The moniker Sin City given to Las Vegas creates the impression that Vegas is most crime prone city. Sin City, however, refers to the prevalence of adult entertainment in the city.