Bugsy Siegel

Born Feb 28, 1906
Hometown Williamsburg
Died Jun 20, 1947
Death Place Beverly Hills, Ca...
Religion Judaism
Nationality American
Other Names Siegel, Benjamin

Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was an American gangster who was involved with the Genovese crime family. Because of his notoriously quick and violent temper, the ruthless Siegel became one of the most infamous and feared gangsters of his day. Along the way, he became one of the first page-one "celebrity" gangsters. Siegel was also a major driving force behind large-scale development of the Las Vegas Valley.… Read More

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1906 Birth Benjamin Siegel (born Benjamin Hymen Siegelbaum) was born on February 28, 1906 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to a poor Jewish family from Letychiv, Podolia Governorate of the Russian Empire, in modern Ukraine. … Read More


1929 23 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 28, 1929, Siegel married Esta Krakower, his childhood sweetheart and sister of contract killer Whitey Krakower. … Read More
1931 25 Years Old …  Siegel, along with Albert "Mad Hatter" Anastasia, Vito Genovese, and Joe Adonis, allegedly were the four gunmen who shot New York mob boss Joe Masseria to death on Luciano's orders on April 15, 1931, ending the Castellammarese War. … Read More
1932 26 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 28, 1932, he was arrested for gambling and vagrancy, and, from a roll of bills, paid a $100 fine. … Read More
1935 29 Years Old In 1935, Siegel assisted in Luciano's alliance with Dutch Schultz and killed rival loan sharks Louis "Pretty" Amberg and Joseph Amberg. … Read More


1938 32 Years Old …  The alliance with the countess took Siegel to Italy in 1938, where he met Benito Mussolini, to whom Siegel tried to sell weapons—and German leaders Hermann Göring and Joseph Goebbels. … Read More
1939 33 Years Old On November 22, 1939, Siegel, Whitey Krakower, Frankie Carbo and Albert Tannenbaum killed Harry "Big Greenie" Greenberg outside his apartment. … Read More
1941 35 Years Old Tannenbaum confessed to the murder and agreed to testify against Siegel. Siegel and Carbo were implicated in the killing of Greenberg, and in September 1941, Siegel was tried for the Greenberg murder. … Read More
1942 36 Years Old In 1942, Siegel and Carbo were acquitted due to insufficient evidence but Siegel's reputation was damaged. … Read More
1944 38 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 25, 1944, Siegel was arrested for bookmaking.
1945 39 Years Old Siegel wanted to be a legitimate businessman, and in 1945, he saw an opportunity with William R. Wilkerson's Flamingo Hotel. … Read More


1946 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Siegel had a reputation as a womanizer and the marriage ended in 1946.
…  Three months later, on June 20, 1947, Siegel was shot dead at the Beverly Hills home of his girlfriend, Virginia Hill.
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