She's godmother of Mob Museum

The husband-wife team hired to stock the Las Vegas Mob Museum with artifacts discovered a treasure trove that Mayor Oscar Goodman had squirreled away.

About 30 items from Goodman's days as a prominent mob attorney were removed from a storage unit last July for consideration, said Kathy Barrie, the museum's curator and content developer.

The biggest prize in Goodman's stash?

"I think it would have to be the lucky briefcase," Barrie said Tuesday after the first media tour of the museum.

The mayor, who was one of the tour participants, filled me in on the details.

"We called it the 'gelt' briefcase. That's Jewish for green," he said, "because it would be empty when I left Las Vegas, and when I came home, it was full of green," as in greenbacks.

"You were a courier?" I asked.

"A carrier," the mayor corrected me. "Fees," he said.

I'm still not sure if he was putting me on.

"If only it could talk," Goodman added. "It would tell the greatest stories ever told."

The lucky briefcase will be among the museum pieces, said Barrie, who with husband Dennis helped create the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., among others.

Also under consideration, she said, will be some documents and letters on loan from Goodman. The Barries have feelers out for Moe Dalitz items as well. The mobbed-up Dalitz was one of the most colorful Las Vegas casino operators.

Around 300 to 500 items will be in the Mob Museum, which is about 30 percent completed and is scheduled to open late next spring or early summer.

The museum's novelty store will have mug-shot coffee mugs, souvenir neckties, and "we're hoping to have concrete shoes," Kathy Barrie said.

I asked Goodman if his rust-colored necktie was from his mob attorney days.

"I have no mob ties," he said.


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