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Rosenthal Car Bombing

Frank Lefty Rosenthal Car Bombing
At the time of the event, the Hustler Hollywood was Tony Roma's. The Eldorado was parked in the space to the left of the light pole.

Frank Lefty Rosenthal Car Bombing
Frank Lawrence Rosenthal (1929-2008). Photograph of Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, Las Vegas, ca. 1970s. North Las Vegas Library Collection. UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives.

On October 4, 1982, Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal departed Tony Roma's restaurant. When he started the ignition of his 1981 Cadillac Eldorado, the car exploded. Due to a defect in the vehicle, the car manufacturer had installed a metal plate underneath the driver's seat. Authorities credited the metal plate for saving Rosenthal's life. No one was ever charged for the crime.

Frank Rosenthal was added to the Nevada Gaming Control's Black Book in 1988.

Event Location: 620 East Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada.