With the miniseries about OJ Simpson being a number 1 hit, its no wonder that the public has a renewed interest in the case, the evidence and how it all played out. Of course one of the few things that stays fresh in everyone’s minds is the chase. You know the one with the white Bronco that led police all over California!
Now you can get a glimpse of it as it is heading to the Alcatraz East Crime Museum.
“It was the event everyone was talking about, and is still discussed today. People reminisce about where they were and who they were with when the news broke into the NBA Finals with helicopter footage of the chase. The country was captivated and perplexed,” states Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer for Alcatraz East. “The O.J. case shined a light on our criminal justice system and was among the first to discuss forensics in detail. We are pleased to have the Bronco as part of our collection to tell this story.”
The Bronco will join other famous crime artifacts and exhibits at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum, which will be located at 2757 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. The museum will be themed as a 19th century prison, and is slated to open fall 2016 at the entrance to The Island, neighboring Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and Margaritaville Hotel.
“I’m thrilled to form this partnership with Alcatraz East and give people a chance to see the famous Bronco,” says Michael Gilbert, co-owner of the vehicle and Simpson’s former manager. “A museum is where it belongs. I hope that by seeing the Bronco in person visitors can learn about an important time in American history. We still believed our heroes were flawless and could do no wrong and hopefully the Bronco will serve as a reminder to all that crime doesn’t pay.”
The interactive museum will feature a variety of ways for visitors to learn more about criminal intent, criminal profiles, the penal system, victims’ stories, crime prevention, law enforcement, forensic science, and our justice system. Spread over two floors, the 25,000-square foot museum will include interactive displays on these subjects as well as original artifacts. Artifacts from the museum’s extensive collection that will be on display include John Dillinger’s death mask, Al Capone’s rosary, objects belonging to Bonnie & Clyde, an FBI polygraph machine, Al Pacino’s submachine gun from the movie Scarface, items related to the 2012 Benghazi attack, and the latest in law enforcement technology. The museum’s mission is to provide guests of all ages with a memorable journey into the history of American crime, law enforcement, forensic science, and crime scene investigation (CSI), through an interactive and entertaining educational experience.
There will be 20 different exhibit areas covering five themes for guests to explore; history of American crime, the consequences of crime, crime scene investigation, crime fighting, and pop culture.
The museum is owned by John Morgan, who previously owned the Crime Museum in Washington, DC which permanently closed on September 30, 2015, allowing for the creation of a more ambitious attraction than the previous “must-see” DC museum. For more information, visit the site at: www.alcatrazeast.com.