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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 5, January 31, 2010, Article 16

VERDICT IN BINION CASINO MURDER CASE

We've mentioned the famed Binion's Horseshoe Casio Million-Dollar paper money display recently, but there is another numismatic connection to the business. The owner assembled a huge hoard of silver dollars and other valuables, and his son was murdered by thieves trying to get it. Here's a recent article from the Las Vegas Sun. -Editor

Binion's Silver Hoard Rick Tabish, once convicted and later acquitted of the murder of Las Vegas casino figure Ted Binion, has been granted parole.

Tabish and his girlfriend, Sandra Murphy, were convicted of drugging and then suffocating Binion, a son of Las Vegas gambling pioneer Benny Binion. Following the highly publicized trial, Tabish received a 25-year to life term and Murphy got a 22-year to life sentence.

The Nevada Supreme Court in 2003 ordered a new trial. And at the second trial they were acquitted of the murder charges but convicted of grand larceny and burglary in connection with the removal of Binion's silver fortune from a vault in the desert near Pahrump.

Binion was found dead in his Las Vegas home in September 1998. Authorities first said it was an apparent suicide from a drug overdose, but later reversed course and charged Tabish and Murphy with his murder. The prosecution contended the two had drugged Binion and then strangled him.

Binion, according to authorities, had a drug problem and in 1996 was banned from entering the family's casino, Binion's Horseshoe. His state gaming license had been revoked.

He built a deep vault in the desert floor west of Las Vegas to store silver. There were reportedly six tons of silver bullion, casino chips, paper currency and more than 100,000 rare coins.

Binion hooked up with Murphy, a topless club dancer who became his live-in girlfriend. But she got close to Tabish and authorities accused them of planning the death and robbery.

To read the complete article, see: Rick Tabish granted parole in Ted Binion case (www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/27/rick-tabish-granted-parole/)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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