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911 Call: Buried Secrets of Las Vegas

INTRODUCTION
Las Vegas, Nev., Sept.17, 1998, 3:55 p.m.


A hysterical and distraught Sandy Murphy calls 911 and tells the dispatcher that she has just found legendary casino-family scion Ted Binion lying motionless on the floor of their large rambling ranch house just off the Vegas Strip. Though the two never married, Sandy refers to Ted as her "husband."



CONCLUSION

Paramedics and police arrive to find Binion, a known heroin addict, DOA, surrounded by drug paraphernalia.

Less than 48 hours later, police arrest an acquaintance of Binion's named Rick Tabish as he tried to dig up millions of dollars worth of silver buried in a vault in the sleepy desert town of Pahrump, Nev.

After Murphy bails Tabish out of jail, Binion's death begins to look more suspicious. After investigators learn that Murphy and Tabish had a relationship behind Binion's back, the case is in the headlines daily. Eventually, Tabish and Murphy are arrested for Binion's murder as well as the silver theft.

The two are convicted in 2000, though that verdict is thrown out after an appeal. In 2004, to the disbelief of the Binion family, Murphy and Tabish are acquitted of Binion's murder, though the jury finds them guilty of stealing the silver.

Watch "48 Hours Mystery: Buried Secrets of Las Vegas" Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

  • Edecio Martinez

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