American Justice: Vegas and the Mob A&E documents the shady characters that first populated the palaces in the desert in American Justice: Vegas and the Mob. Benny "Bugsy" Siegel was the first gangster to take an interest in Las Vegas. Using Mafia funds from the New York syndicate, Siegel built the impressive Flamingo Hotel. It became the anchor of a burgeoning and glamorous town. With his passing, the frenzied construction was taken over by the Chicago outfit with names like Tony Accardo and Sam Giacana. This signaled the Golden Years of the Strip. Frank Sinatra hung with the Rat Pack and champagne flowed easily. When the bounteous skimming operations fell during the Strawman Trials of the early '80s, Las Vegas was again transformed. Billionaires like Howard Hughes and Donald Trump began buying hotels and creating a friendlier atmosphere. Soon, Vegas was considered a top tourist spot for gamblers and families alike. But underneath the glitz, the Mafia connection maintains its fascination. A&E explores the city's fast-paced history in this two-hour program. ~ Sarah Ing, Rovi
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