In the pantheon of Las Vegas mobsters, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel is perhaps one of the most well known – not so much for his crime, but rather for his death.
On 28 February 1906, Bugsy was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to a poor Jewish family as Benjamin Siegelbaum. As a young boy he was exposed to crime and soon joined a gang on Lafayette Street on the lower east side of Manhattan.
It was here that Bugsy befriended Meyer Lansky, who was forming a small mob whose activities expanded to gambling and car theft.
By the 1930’s, Lansky and Siegel built ties to Charles “Lucky” Luciano and Frank Costello, future bosses of the Genovese crime family.
It was Bugsy’s move to Las Vegas in 1946 that cemented his reputation, fame and eventual murder.
The early years of Las Vegas were a fantastic time for mobsters looking to expand into new territories and rackets. Bugsy and his mob decided to hedge their bets on a new hotel and casino – the Flamingo.
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