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Hollywood’s ‘Bugsy’ is entertaining but plays fast and loose with the facts

December 31, 2021

In the 1991 movie Bugsy, Warren Beatty, portraying mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, stands in the desert near Highway 91 south of Las Vegas. He scans the empty terrain, imagining, during an “epiphany,” its potential. In a car nearby are his girlfriend, Virginia Hill (Annette Bening), and Los Angeles mobster Mickey Cohen (Harvey Keitel). Harvey Keitel plays Siegel's sidekick, Mickey Cohen, in Bugsy. United Archives / Alamy Stock Photo The scene is a pivotal moment in the movie, highlighting a major event in Southern Nevada history, the apparent creative spark that led to the December 26, 1946, opening of the Flamingo Hotel. During ...

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Capone tax evasion trial: 90 years ago, the T-Men had the goods on Mob chief

First of two parts. Spectators gathered outside each doorway to the U.S. District Court building in Chicago in the fall…

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The world’s top five organized crime rackets

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‘The Many Saints of Newark’ brings ‘Sopranos’ saga to the big screen

From his work infiltrating real-life Soprano-type mobsters in New Jersey, former FBI task force undercover officer Giovanni Rocco knows “the…

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The fall of Murder Inc.

It was the most brutal collection of bloodthirsty characters ever produced by organized crime in America. Murder Inc.’s inception, activities…

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New John Gotti movie in the works

When Paul Castellano and a top aide were ambushed outside a New York City restaurant on December 16, 1985, a…

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As the 75th anniversary of the Flamingo Hotel approaches, The Mob Museum is set to unveil a new exhibit

Ask many Las Vegas newcomers and visitors to identify the city’s origins, and they will say a mobster named Bugsy…

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Allen Glick, 1970s owner of Las Vegas casinos skimmed by Mob, has died

Allen R. Glick, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and California developer who insisted he knew nothing about skimming by Midwestern…

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