The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces the addition of a temporary display: a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver with a distinctive pearl handle, once belonging to Al Capone.
Chief Richard Weber, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, joined the Museum’s Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Ullman in unveiling this historic artifact. The display opens to the public today, September 28, 2016.
The revolver is a .38 Hand Ejector, Military & Police Model from 1905. It was shipped from the factory in 1925 and sold by Wolf & Klar Co. of Fort Worth, Texas. Wolf & Klar was famous for installing pearl grips on the revolvers it sold It was confiscated in an arrest of Capone while he lived in Miami in 1928. After changing hands several times, the gun was finally seized and forfeited to the IRS in 2004.
“The Capone gun represents a connection between CI’s past and our present day mission,” explained Weber. “While we continue to follow the money trail as we did in the days when we brought Al Capone to justice, we are now following the money in the cyber world, bringing today’s criminals to justice through innovative law enforcement techniques. The Mob Museum is the one place where you can see that history evolve in its entirety and we are very happy to once again partner with them to display this unique artifact from our 97-year history.”
The Mob Museum enjoys an ongoing partnership with the IRS Criminal Investigative Division. An exhibit about Treasury Department agents, “Follow the Money,” was added to the Museum’s permanent collection in 2015. The exhibit’s debut coincided with a Courtroom Conversation, featuring Chief Weber as one of the panelists, about the unsung T-Men who helped put away some of history’s most notorious mobsters.
To make reservations or find more information, go to themobmuseum.org or call (702) 229-2734.