Question: Who opened Al Capone’s vault in a 1986 live TV event?

Answer: During a two-hour live television special on April 21, 1986, Geraldo Rivera opened a secret vault in the Lexington Hotel that was once owned by Al Capone. The live event was hyped as potentially revealing great riches or dead bodies on live television. This included the presence of a medical examiner should bodies be found, and agents from the Internal Revenue Service to collect any of Capone’s money that might be discovered. When the vault was finally opened, the only things found inside were dirt and several empty bottles. Geraldo admitted defeat and voiced his disappointment to the 30 million viewers that tuned in to watch the event.


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1  Al Capone s Vault
Geraldo Rivera looks back at his notorious broadcast of 20 years ago, The Secrets of Al Capone’s Vault
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1The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults

The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults is a two-hour live American television special that was broadcast in syndication on April 21, 1986, and hosted by Geraldo Rivera.It centered on the live opening of a secret vault in the Lexington Hotel once owned by noted crime lord Al Capone, which turned out to be empty except for debris.Thirty million viewers watched, making it the “highest rated syndicated …
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mystery_of_Al_Capone%27s_Vaults

2The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults

Directed by Bill Foster. With Geraldo Rivera, Al Capone, Doug Llewelyn, Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers. Journalist Geraldo Rivera hosted this much-hyped live-on-TV opening of gangster Al Capone’s secret vault beneath the Lexington Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, USA. After much fanfare, including the presence of a medical examiner in case human remains were discovered, the vault was revealed to contain …
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0435702/

3The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults

On April 21, 1986, nearly 30 million viewers tuned in to ‘The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults,’ a live primetime excavation hosted by Geraldo Rivera that promised to dig deep into the catacombs of …
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/78842/oral-history-30-years-ago-geraldo-rivera-opened-al-capones-vault

4The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults

Watch, in its entirety, “The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults.” The Geraldo Rivera-hosted, two-hour, live television event on April 21, 1986, explored the depths of the Lexington Hotel for signs of …
https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-al-capone-vault-geraldo-rivera-htmlstory.html

5Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s vault in a 1986 live TV event
As I recall, I was helping a friend install a stereo in his car when this was aired. Sure glad I didn’t put my life on hold to watch one of the biggest disap…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oleUvvjeOh4

6Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s vault in a 1986 live TV event
O n this day, April 21, in 1986, television reporter Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s vault on live television and found nothing. “The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault” was a one-time live …
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/crime-history-rivera-reveals-an-empty-al-capones-vault

7Geraldo Rivera

In 1986 Rivera produced a two-hour live syndicated special, The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault, in which he opened what proved to be an empty vault found in the former headquarters of Chicago gangster Al Capone. The show attracted millions of viewers.
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Geraldo-Rivera

8The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults

The things we see fill us with awe and mystery as Geraldo and team take us through a well-researched history of Capone, one of the nation’s most notorious mobsters. What could be in his vault ? Today, in 2015, Al Capone’s net worth would exceed 1 billion dollars as he employed hundreds of gangsters to run his terrifying criminal empire.
http://geraldo.com/folio/mystery-of-al-capone-s-vault

9Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s vault in a 1986 live TV event
Because the 30th anniversary of The Mystery Of Al Capone’s Vaults happened this past spring, one of Rivera’s most humiliating public moments was recently remembered again… for a while, that is. It’s being framed much differently than it was back on April 21, 1986. The new conventional wisdom—not entirely incorrect—is that the Al Capone special was ultimately a success, because it …
https://tv.avclub.com/when-geraldo-rivera-opened-al-capone-s-vault-he-turned-1798253506

10Geraldo Rivera

The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault was a one-time live American television special broadcast in syndication in April 1986 hosted by Geraldo Rivera. The program was centered around the opening of a secret vault once owned by noted gangster Al Capone. The program is now perhaps best-known for the vault being ultimately empty except for debris. Al Capone was a Neapolitan born to immigrant parents …
https://worldhistoryproject.org/1986/4/21/geraldo-rivera-opens-up-al-capones-safe-on-live-tv

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1Geraldo Rivera Reflects on His 50-Year Career: ‘I Helped Pioneer a Kind of Newsgathering That Did Not Exist’
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1.  The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults
Al Capones Vaults is a two-hour live American television special that was broadcast in syndication on April 21, 1986, and hosted by Geraldo Rivera….
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Mystery of Al Capones Vaults Recently fired from his job as a reporter for ABC, Geraldo Rivera hosted this live syndicated television special in 1986, which…
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