Lake Mead Bodies Renew Interest in Las Vegas Mafia History


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Human remains surfacing in Lake Mead have sparked renewed interest in the history of the Las Vegas mob.

Former Nevada City Mayor Oscar Goodman told The Associated Press on Monday that the reservoir was “not a bad place to dump a body.”

LAKE MEAD DROUGHT EXPOSES MORE HUMAN REMAINS

“It’s unclear what we’ll find at Lake Mead,” he said.

Drought threatening the western United States, spurred by human-induced climate change, has led to the discovery of human remains.

A victim, who police say was shot decades ago, was found in a barrel last week.

An officially sunken boat sits on fissured land hundreds of feet from what is now the shoreline of Lake Mead in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Monday, May 9, 2022, near Boulder City, Nevada.
(AP Photo/John Locher)

A few days later, a second empty barrel was found by a KLAS-TV news crew.

On Saturday, National Park Service (NPS) rangers received a witness report of human skeletal remains discovered in Callville Bay. Las Vegas police said Monday there was no immediate evidence of foul play and they were not investigating.

Lake Mead has fallen more than 170 feet since 1983, and the highest water intake became visible last week.

LAKE MEAD’S BODY IN BARREL IS A VICTIM WHO WAS LIKELY SHOT DECADES AGO, LAS VEGAS POLICE SAYS

Persistent drought is expected to extend this year, with warmer temperatures.

Goodman – who was previously a lawyer, representing Mafia figures including the ill-fated Anthony “Tony the Ant” Spilotro – declined to name names on who might run next.

Rust debris that was underwater lies above water level on Lake Mead in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Monday, May 9, 2022, near Boulder City, Nevada.

Rust debris that was underwater lies above water level on Lake Mead in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Monday, May 9, 2022, near Boulder City, Nevada.
(AP Photo/John Locher)

“I’m relatively sure it wasn’t Jimmy Hoffa,” he joked, but noted that many of his former clients seemed interested in “climate control.”

Geoff Schumacher, vice president of the Mob Museum, said the barrel was “a signature mob hit”.

David Kohlmeier, a former police officer who now co-hosts a podcast and TV show in Las Vegas called “The Problem Solver Show,” said Monday that after offering a $5,000 reward last week to qualified divers to find barrels in the lake, the people contacted whoever was willing to do so.

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The NPS said it was not allowed and there were hundreds of barrels in the depths of Lake Mead.

Louis Casiano, Bradford Betz and Fox News’ Associated Press contributed to this report.


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