Monday, June 20, 2011

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: JUNE 20, 1947


On this date in 1947, Bugsy Siegel got whacked. Iced. Taken out. Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel -- who hated that nickname, by the way -- was shot while sitting next to a window in the Beverly Hills house he shared with girlfriend Virginia Hill. According to his death certificate, the cause of death was "cerebral hemmorage" (apparently spelling was not a high priority at the L.A. County Registrar's Office) due to "gunshots of the head" (neither was grammar, I guess). One shot hit Siegel right near his eye. If he saw it coming, he didn't see it for long.

The murder was never solved, but theories abound. Who was behind it? Was it Meyer Lansky? Lucky Luciano? Some investors who were less than happy about the profitability of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino? Author Warren Hull has a theory about the identity of the trigger man. Check out the video below for more info.



Further reading:

BugsySiegel.net

Wikipedia - Bugsy Siegel

Family Secret, by Warren Robert Hull

2 comments:

Bob G. said...

John D.:
And it's for THAT reason (among others) that TO THIS DAY, I always prefer to sit in any restaurant with my BACK against a wall...

(it's a "personal safety" thing)

Good post and video.

Stay safe.

John D. said...

Bob,
Don't forget to avoid sitting near the window, that's what did Bugsy in. ;)