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Seventy-five years later, debate over Bugsy Siegel murder still rages

June 17, 2022

As Americans opened their newspapers on June 21, 1947, they saw large headlines about the murder of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, who, according to a United Press story, was the “nation’s No. 1 gangster.” As Time magazine noted, “for a managing editor who likes a good, splashy crime story, the murder of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel in a Beverly Hills mansion had everything.”  For several days, “the tabloids of Manhattan, the sensational papers of Los Angeles and, to a lesser degree, papers all over the U.S. played it high, wide & handsome.” Because this crime has never been solved, it still captures ...

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‘The Godfather’ celebrates 50 years as the ‘greatest family movie ever’

As The Godfather celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, the movie is regarded as one of the best ever made,…

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‘Ozark’ and upcoming Sylvester Stallone series draw attention to Missouri mobsters

With a Mob history dating back decades, Kansas City’s influence in the underworld has long extended beyond its Midwestern borders….

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Top five mobsters you’ve probably never heard of

In researching American organized crime through decades-old newspapers available online, it’s amazing how many significant Mob figures gained infamy and…

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

In the 1991 movie Bugsy, Warren Beatty, portraying mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, stands in the desert near Highway 91 south…

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Harry Reid battled the Mob in Nevada before he fought for Nevada in Washington

In 1974, Nevada Lieutenant Governor Harry Reid decided to run for the U.S. Senate. Reid, a Democrat, would face former…

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Separating fact from fiction on the Flamingo Hotel’s 75th anniversary

Much of what Americans know about Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel comes from watching the 1991 film Bugsy. That certainly applies to…

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Anna Genovese’s life examined in ‘Mob Queens’ podcast, HBO series

Being married to violent Mafia boss Vito Genovese, according to wife Anna Genovese in a court filing, “endangered her health…

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