Over 100 Years of Sin City Mayhem, Murder, and Misdeeds
 
 
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Lost History.

Fascinating Stories.

Discover over a century of the dark side of Las Vegas Here AT mayhem in the desert.

Did you know an employee-turned-arsonist set fire to the Las Vegas Hilton?  Ever hear about the Vegas union boss that bombed restaurants that refused to join, only to be kidnapped by his own hitmen?  Interested to learn that Las Vegas was a true Old West town when it was founded, complete with saloon shootouts, a red light district with a cast of unique residents, and a local legal system that often delivered justice within hours of a suspect being arrested?    

Las Vegas was founded in the middle of the harshest part of the Mojave Desert in 1905.  Ever since then the town has been witness to over a century of murder, robberies, arson, and mayhem.  Our site is here to explore the stories behind these crimes.  

But we are not here for the sensational or to go over well-known cases.  Our site is run by folks born-and-raised in Las Vegas with a passion for the city's history.  Unlike any other true crime site, Mayhem in the Desert brings you interviews with those involved with the cases, source documents from cases, and a discussion of how the crimes you will read about fit into and shaped the history of Las Vegas. 

If you want to hear the stories behind over a century of wilder-than-fiction true crime tales from the most unique city on earth, scroll down and get acquainted with the darker side of Sin City.

 
 
 
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explore over a century of vegas true crime history

 
 

SHOOTOUTS, BROTHELS, CORRUPTION, & THE END OF THE OLD WEST - VEGAS FROM 1905 - 1920

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DARK SIDE OF A CITY ON THE MAKE - VEGAS FROM 1920 - 1945

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A SORDID CITY - VEGAS FROM 1945 - 1980

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HELLDORADO - VEGAS FROM 1980 - 2000

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GOING BUST IN A BOOMTOWN - VEGAS FROM 2000 - present

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LAWLESS - ORGANIZED CRIME CAPITAL OF THE WEST

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photo gallery - over a century of the people, places, and events that make up the dark side of sin city

 
 
 

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