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    For sale: the worst of the worst in wax

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Crime doesn’t pay. Unless, of course, you’re selling the criminal.

    Harry Riley, 80, is selling wax figures from the former Criminal Hall of Fame in Niagara Falls online. Ed Gein, John Wayne Gacy and Adolf Hitler are among the 28 figures available on local Kijiji and Craigslist pages.

    “Everyone thinks it’s weird,” said Riley. “They’re shocked when they see them, especially the Hitler guy.” The replicas range from political figures like Abraham Lincoln, used in the John Wilkes Booth exhibit, to mobsters and serial killers.

    Riley was approached by Don Lombardi, former owner of the wax museum, to sell the items. The museum, a staple on Clifton Hill for nearly 40 years, closed in 2014.

    Criminals Hall of Fame in Summer 2010

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    A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to the Criminals Hall of Fame on Victoria Ave at the top of Clifton Hill. I have been there before, but it has been many years since that visit, so I was looking forward to going again. The wax museum has been in the area for a long time, but doesn’t seem to get much publicity. The only recent publicity has been a result of their admission price. For a couple of years now, they have been charging $5 or $6. It seems to have settled at $5 (although they could, of course, change it at any time). For the price, you can’t really beat it.

    The museum was much larger than I expected. After you have paid, you head off to the left and are greeted by a large wax figure of Hitler. The other wax figures you will see along the way are of similarly despicable people. There are sets showing wild west bandits, gangsters, and more “modern” killers. Each set has a sign explaining who is in the set and what crimes they committed.

    The wax figures themselves mostly looked fine, but since I don’t really know what the people looked like, all I could look at was whether they looked like people or not. That actually might be one of the best things about the Criminals Hall of Fame. When I go to Tussaud’s or Movieland, I know what the people look like, so I end up focusing too much on little things about the figure. I guess when you see certain stars so often, you end up knowing a lot about them. On the other hand, since I wasn’t familiar with the looks of most of the criminals, I wasn’t distracted by those little things.

    The lighting in the museum is very poor. This may be intentional (it adds to the criminal theme?), but it was a little uncomfortable around. The other drawback of the museum is that all of the sets are behind Plexiglas, which makes it difficult to take pictures.

    As I said above, it’s worth the price.

    I did manage to take a few pictures without too much glare. As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below, and you can see all of them along with the larger versions in the Criminals Hall of Fame in Summer 2010 gallery.

    As a side note, there are now 3,151 images in 250 galleries in the Niagara Falls Image Gallery.



    I’ve also scanned the most recent leaflet. You can see it below, or view the entire Criminal Hall of Fame 2010 leaflet here

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