Bugsy Siegel
Organized crime
Bugsy Siegel
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was an American gangster who was involved with the Genovese crime family. Nicknamed "Bugsy," Siegel was known to be mercurial and ruthless with associates. Because of his notoriously quick and violent temper, he was one of the most "infamous and feared gangsters of his day". He was one of the first front-page-celebrity gangsters.
Biography
Bugsy Siegel's personal information overview.
{{personal_detail.supertitle}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
Photo Albums
Popular photos of Bugsy Siegel
News
News abour Bugsy Siegel from around the web
Top 10 Richest Gangsters Of All Time - News One
Google News - over 5 years
Lansky would join notorious gangsters, Charles “Lucky” Luciano and Ben “Bugsy” Siegel to run a gang that would be known as Murder Inc. Lansky would later turn to focus on gambling setting up operations in Florida, Las Vegas and Cuba before the Cuban
Article Link:
Google News article
Jewish Jersey Shore: Where Chai Chains are Bling and Snookie is a JAP - Heeb Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
HBO's Boardwalk Empire reintroduced us to famous tribesman like Meyer Lansky, Arnold Rothstein, and Bugsy Siegel. They mastered the arts of corruption and deceit in Atlantic City during the days of Prohibition; a time when bootlegging meant something
Article Link:
Google News article
Vegas hopes folks mob new attractions - Fort Worth Star Telegram
Google News - over 5 years
... and fall of Mafia involvement in Las Vegas, from Miami Beach mob boss Meyer Lansky and his top lieutenant, Vincent "Jimmy Blue Eyes" Alo, to Lucky Luciano and Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, who turned the Flamingo Hotel into the first casino in 1946
Article Link:
Google News article
'Boardwalk Empire' Season 2 Trailer Shows Nucky's New Enemies - Screen Rant
Google News - over 5 years
While mum's the word on most of the dramatic happenings in Atlantic City, we know that real-life gangster Bugsy Siegel will make an appearance, played by Rescue Me's Michael Zegen. Boardwalk Empire landed two Oustanding Directing Emmy nominations for
Article Link:
Google News article
Film Chronicling the Jewish Mafia in the Works - Shalom Life
Google News - over 5 years
Principally, the film will follow the sordid exploits of Mickey Cohen, a quondam boxer who rose through the ranks of the Jewish Mafia, to become associates with the likes of Meyer Lansky and Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. Cohen was a charismatic figure and
Article Link:
Google News article
Vegas embraces its mob past - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
(Julie Jacobson/ AP ) - A limo once belonging to mobster Bugsy Siegel is seen on display at the Mob Experience at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, Monday, March 28, 2011, in Las Vegas. By Nancy Trejos, Las Vegas has never shied away from putting its
Article Link:
Google News article
Hooray for Hollywood's Dearly Departed - Huffington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
We drove by where they whacked Bugsy Siegel, the gangster and visionary force behind the building of Las Vegas. Dearly Departed Tour van, which departs from the Larry Edmunds Bookshop in Hollywood. The month of August, it turns out, contains several
Article Link:
Google News article
1500 Murders Ordered by Leader of Mexican Murder, Inc. - Intellectual Conservative
Google News - over 5 years
Largely headed by former mob enforcers Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel and Meyer Lansky, The Juarez cartel controls the main drug smuggling routes from Ciudad Juarez into the United States. Mexican authorities accused El Diego of being behind a car bomb attack
Article Link:
Google News article
Looking Back: Bomb Explodes Near Home of Mobster in Brentwood - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
At the time of the 1949 incident, Mickey Cohen was king of the Los Angeles organized crime rackets and ran with the likes of Bugsy Siegel, Frank Sinatra and Meyer Lansky. By Reza Gostar On Aug. 2, 1949, an explosion near the Brentwood home of mobster
Article Link:
Google News article
The 10 Most Remarkable People South-Central Idaho Ever Produced - Twin Falls Times-News
Google News - over 5 years
Mind you, this was an industry established and run by the likes of Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky and protected by Sawyer's politically powerful mentor, Sen. Pat McCarran. Given the mobsters' illicit power in Nevada at the time, it's a wonder Sawyer
Article Link:
Google News article
Emma Stone offered lead female role in "Gangster Squad" - Reuters
Google News - over 5 years
The movie is about Cohen, the Brooklyn-born gangster who was sent to Los Angeles by Meyer Lansky to keep an eye on Bugsy Siegel. Cohen became a mob kingpin himself in the 1940s, and at one point fired rounds from two .45-caliber handguns into the
Article Link:
Google News article
Video: Flaming Lips play “Do You Realize??” with Edward Sharpe and Magnetic ... - NewsOK.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
In addition to housing to the bodies of legendary stars like Cecil B. DeMille, Johnny Ramone, John Huston, Bugsy Siegel and Fay Wray, Hollywood Forever also serves as an outdoor film venue, art exhibitor and concert venue, according to the Los Angeles
Article Link:
Google News article
Izenberg: Zab Judah fighting Amir Khan as a 5-1 underdog - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Google News - over 5 years
They have been coming to The Strip, that slice of understated neon that would make Caligula's interior decorator blush, ever since the late Bugsy Siegel built the first nationally known of these pleasure palaces in the desert, gift-wrapped the playing
Article Link:
Google News article
Recounting the 'Family' businesss - SILive.com
Google News - over 5 years
By Andrea Boyarsky STATEN ISLAND, NY — Frank Bari's father worked with the likes of Lucky Luciano, Dutch Schultz and Bugsy Siegel. His grandfather was a founding member of the Syndicate, which set the pattern for organized crime in America
Article Link:
Google News article
Las Vegas Mob Experience: Part museum, part interactive adventure - abc7.com
Google News - over 5 years
We have Bugsy Siegel's home movies that have never been in the public domain." The Las Vegas Mob Experience is part museum, but it's also a high-tech interactive adventure offering a different look at the mob life. "The families of these gangsters have
Article Link:
Google News article
Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bugsy Siegel
    FORTIES
  • 1947
    Age 40
    On the night of June 20, 1947, as Siegel sat with his associate Allen Smiley in Virginia Hill's Beverly Hills home reading the Los Angeles Times, an assailant fired at him through the window with a .30 caliber military M1 carbine, hitting him many times, including twice in the head.
    More Details Hide Details No one was charged with the murder, and the crime remains officially unsolved. One theory posits that Siegel's death was the result of his excessive spending and possible theft of money from the mob. In 1946, a meeting was held with the "board of directors" of the syndicate in Havana, Cuba, so that Luciano, exiled in Sicily, could attend and participate. A contract on Siegel's life was the conclusion. According to Doc Stacher, Lansky reluctantly agreed to the decision. Another theory is that Siegel was shot to death preemptively by Mathew "Moose" Pandza, the lover of Siegel's Las Vegas associate Moe Sedway's wife, Bee, who went to Pandza after learning that Siegel was threatening to kill her husband. Siegel apparently had grown increasingly resentful of the control Sedway, at mob behest, was exerting over Siegel's finances and planned to do away with Sedway.
    Three months later, on June 20, 1947, Siegel was shot dead at the Beverly Hills home of his girlfriend, Virginia Hill.
    More Details Hide Details
  • THIRTIES
  • 1946
    Age 39
    In May 1946, Siegel decided the agreement with Wilkerson had to be altered to give him control of the Flamingo.
    More Details Hide Details With the Flamingo, Siegel would supply the gambling, the best liquor and food, and the biggest entertainers at reasonable prices. He believed these attractions would lure not only the high rollers, but thousands of vacationers willing to lose $50 or $100. William Wilkerson was eventually coerced into selling all stakes in the Flamingo under the threat of death, and went into hiding in Paris for a time. From this point the Flamingo became syndicate-run. Siegel began a spending spree. He demanded the finest building that money could buy at a time of postwar shortages. As costs soared, Siegel's checks began bouncing. By October 1946, the costs were above $4 million. In 1947, the Flamingo cost was over $6 million (around $60 million in today's money). By late November, the work was nearly finished. According to later reports by local observers, Siegel's "maniacal chest-puffing" set the pattern for several generations of notable casino moguls. Siegel's violent reputation didn't help his situation. After he boasted one day that he'd personally killed some men, he saw the panicked look on the face of head contractor Del Webb and reassured him: "Del, don't worry, we only kill each other."
    Siegel had a reputation as a womanizer and the marriage ended in 1946.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 1945
    Age 38
    Siegel wanted to be a legitimate businessman, and in 1945, he saw an opportunity with William R. Wilkerson's Flamingo Hotel.
    More Details Hide Details Las Vegas gave Siegel his second opportunity to reinvent himself. In the 1930s, Siegel had traveled to Southern Nevada with Meyer Lansky's lieutenant Moe Sedway on Lansky's orders to explore expanding operations. There were opportunities in providing illicit services to crews constructing the Hoover Dam. Lansky had turned the desert over to Siegel, but Siegel turned it over to Moe Sedway and left for Hollywood. In the mid-1940s, Siegel was lining things up in Las Vegas while his lieutenants worked on a business policy to secure all gambling in Los Angeles.
  • 1944
    Age 37
    George Raft and Mack Gray testified on Siegel's behalf, and in late 1944, Siegel was acquitted.
    More Details Hide Details
    On May 25, 1944, Siegel was arrested for bookmaking.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 1942
    Age 35
    In 1942, Siegel and Carbo were acquitted due to insufficient evidence but Siegel's reputation was damaged.
    More Details Hide Details During the trial, newspapers revealed his past and referred to him as "Bugsy". He hated the nickname (said to be based on the slang term "bugs", meaning "crazy", used to describe his erratic behavior), preferring to be called "Ben" or "Mr. Siegel".
  • 1941
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Whitey Krakower was killed before he could face trial. The trial gained notoriety because of the preferential treatment Siegel received in jail; he refused to eat prison food and was allowed female visitors. He was also granted leave for dental visits. Siegel hired attorney Jerry Giesler to defend him. After the deaths of two state witnesses, no additional witnesses came forward. Tannenbaum's testimony was dismissed.
  • 1939
    Age 32
    On November 22, 1939, Siegel, Whitey Krakower, Frankie Carbo and Albert Tannenbaum killed Harry "Big Greenie" Greenberg outside his apartment.
    More Details Hide Details Greenberg had threatened to become a police informant, and Lepke Buchalter, boss of Murder, Inc., ordered his killing.
  • 1938
    Age 31
    The alliance with the countess took Siegel to Italy in 1938, where he met Benito Mussolini, to whom Siegel tried to sell weapons.
    More Details Hide Details Likewise he met there Nazi leaders Hermann Göring and Joseph Goebbels, to whom he took an instant dislike and later offered to kill them. He relented because of the countess's anxious pleas. In Hollywood, Siegel worked with the crime syndicate to form illegal rackets. He devised a plan of extorting movie studios; he would take over local unions (the Screen Extras Guild and the Los Angeles Teamsters) and stage strikes to force studios to pay him off, so that unions would start working again. He borrowed money from celebrities and didn't pay them back, knowing that they would never ask him for the money. During his first year in Hollywood, he received more than $400,000 in loans from movie stars.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1935
    Age 28
    In 1935, Siegel assisted in Luciano's alliance with Dutch Schultz and killed rival loan sharks Louis "Pretty" Amberg and Joseph Amberg.
    More Details Hide Details Siegel had learned from his associates that he was in danger. His hospital alibi had become questionable and his enemies wanted him dead. In the late 1930s, the East Coast mob sent Siegel to California. Since 1933, Siegel had traveled to the West Coast several times, and in California, his mission was to develop syndicate gambling rackets with Los Angeles crime family boss Jack Dragna. Once in Los Angeles, Siegel recruited gang boss Mickey Cohen as his chief lieutenant. Knowing Siegel's reputation for violence and that he was backed by Lansky and Luciano who, from prison, sent word to Dragna that it was "in his best interest to cooperate", Dragna accepted a subordinate role. Siegel moved Esta and their daughters, Millicent and Barbara, to California. On tax returns he claimed to earn his living through legal gambling at Santa Anita Park near Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, Siegel took over the numbers racket. He used money from the syndicate to help establish a drug trade route from the U.S. to Mexico and organized circuits with the Chicago Outfit's Trans-America Wire service.
  • 1932
    Age 25
    In 1932, Siegel checked into a hospital and later that night snuck out.
    More Details Hide Details Siegel and two accomplices approached Fabrizzo's house and, posing as detectives to lure him outside, gunned him down. According to hospital records, Siegel's alibi for that night was that he had checked into a hospital.
    On February 28, 1932, he was arrested for gambling and vagrancy, and, from a roll of bills, paid a $100 fine.
    More Details Hide Details During this period, Siegel had a disagreement with associates of Waxey Gordon, the Fabrizzo brothers. Gordon had hired the Fabrizzo brothers from prison after Lansky and Siegel gave the IRS information about Gordon's tax evasion. It led to Gordon's imprisonment in 1933. Siegel hunted down the Fabrizzos, killing them after their assassination attempt on Lansky as well as Siegel himself. After the deaths of his two brothers, Tony Fabrizzo began writing a memoir and gave it to an attorney. One of the longest chapters was to be a section on the nationwide kill-for-hire squad led by Siegel. The mob discovered Fabrizzo's plans before he could execute it.
  • 1931
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On September 10 of that year, Luciano hired four trigger men from the Lansky-Siegel gang (some sources identify Siegel being one of the hit men), to murder Salvatore Maranzano, in his NY office, establishing Luciano's rise to the top of the U.S. Mafia and marking the beginning of modern American organized crime. In 1931, following Maranzano's death, Luciano and Lansky formed the National Syndicate, an organization of crime families that brought power to the underworld. The Commission was established for dividing Mafia territories and preventing future wars. With his associates, Siegel formed Murder, Inc. After Siegel and Lansky moved on, control over Murder, Inc. was ceded to Buchalter and Anastasia. Siegel continued working as a hitman. His only conviction was in Miami.
  • 1929
    Age 22
    In 1929, Lansky and Siegel attended the Atlantic City Conference from May 13–16, representing the Bugs and Meyer Mob.
    More Details Hide Details Luciano and former Chicago South Side Gang leader Johnny Torrio held the conference at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. At the conference, the two men discussed the future of organized crime and the future structure of the Mafia crime families. At the conference, Siegel stated, "The yids and the dagos will no longer fight each other."
    On January 28, 1929, Siegel married Esta Krakower, his childhood sweetheart.
    More Details Hide Details They had two daughters.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1906
    Born
    Benjamin Siegel 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.
    More Details Hide Details However, other sources state that his family came from Austria. His parents, Jennie (Riechenthal) and Max Siegel, constantly worked for meager wages. Siegel, the second of five children, vowed that he would rise above that life. As a boy, Siegel dropped out of school and joined a gang on Lafayette Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He committed mainly thefts, until he met Moe Sedway. With Sedway, Siegel developed a protection racket where pushcart merchants were forced to pay him a dollar or he would incinerate their merchandise. Siegel had a criminal record that included armed robbery, rape and murder dating back to his teenage years. During adolescence, Siegel befriended Meyer Lansky, who formed a small mob whose activities expanded to gambling and car theft. Lansky, who had already had a run-in with Salvatore Lucania, saw a need for the Jewish boys of his Brooklyn neighborhood to organize in the same manner as the Italians and Irish. The first person he recruited for his gang was Ben Siegel.
Original Authors of this text are noted here.
All data offered is derived from public sources. Spokeo does not verify or evaluate each piece of data, and makes no warranties or guarantees about any of the information offered. Spokeo does not possess or have access to secure or private financial information. Spokeo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports. None of the information offered by Spokeo is to be considered for purposes of determining any entity or person's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing, or for any other purposes covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)