Angry Las Vegas mayor responds to I-Team report

Mayor defends Mob Museum and purchase of St. Valentine's massacre wall
August 27, 2009 The ABC7 I-Team reported in Wednesday night's segment that Las Vegas had overstated how much of the St. Valentine's massacre wall it had obtained. Mayor Goodman announced several weeks ago that Las Vegas had obtained the infamous brick wall for the centerpiece of its museum.

"We never said we're buying it all!" Goodman yelled during a Thursday morning press conference.

However, the city's monthly newsletter reports, "it was announced that part of the museum experience will include the actual wall from the 1929 Saint Valentine's Day massacre."

City officials, who this week declined to provide the I-Team with details of the wall acquisition, including the purchase price, today provided Las Vegas reporters with details of the wall acquisition.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal in Thursday's online edition, "a nonprofit group that's administering the museum project paid about $300,000 for the section of the wall from a Chicago warehouse that was the scene of a brutal gang murder on Feb. 14, 1929."

Also, the I-Team reported Wednesday night that "when Vegas officials announced that the massacre wall would soon be on display, they showed a large picture to reporters. A city spokeswoman now tells the I-Team that it really wasn't a photo of the Chicago bricks, just a look-a-like illustration."

Today, the senior spokesperson for the city of Las Vegas said that they provided inaccurate information to ABC7 concerning the picture of the bricks.

Apologizing "for the confusion," spokesperson Diana Paul said that the photo was of the actual massacre wall bricks that were purchased by the Mob Museum. Click here to see pictures from the Mob Museum

Our report showed Mayor Goodman and former Gov. Richard Bryan dressed as Mafiosi's at a news conference where the massacre wall acquisition was announced. We identified Bryan as being from Arizona. He is the former governor of Nevada.

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