It’s been over 20 years since O.J. Simpson took police on a slow-speed chase through Los Angeles, and the Ford Bronco made infamous that day will soon be on display to the public.
“This is going to be the place for the public to learn about crime history, law enforcement, and all things related,” Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer for Alcatraz East, said in a statement.
Pigeon Forge is a family-friendly destination, perhaps most notably home to Dollywood, Dolly Parton's theme park.
The crime museum’s façade will be themed as a 19th century prison, per the wishes of owner John Morgan, who also owned a crime museum in D.C. that closed permanently last fall. Some of the interactive features of the museum include a crime scene investigation—or CSI—lab, a simulated shooting range, and exhibits on safe cracking and digital fingerprinting.
Artifacts on display will also include John Dillinger’s death mask, Al Capone’s rosary, a Bonnie and Clyde collection, an FBI polygraph machine, Al Pacino’s submachine gun from the movie Scarface, items from the 2012 Benghazi attack, and the latest in law enforcement technology.
“Alcatraz East is going to make a great addition to our city,” said Earlene Teaster, Pigeon Forge city manager, in a statement. “Our city truly offers something for everyone, making it a great family-friendly destination. We look forward to having this museum become a part of our community.”
Even Paula Deen is excited about the museum: “I’m looking forward to having Alcatraz East as my new neighbor! I’m fascinated with forensic science,” she said.