Bugsy Siegel Biography

Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was an American mobster. Siegel was known as one of the most "infamous and feared gangsters of his day". Described as handsome and charismatic, he became one of the first front-page-celebrity gangsters. He was also a driving force behind the development of the Las Vegas Strip.

Siegel was one of the founders and leaders of Murder, Incorporated and became a bootlegger during Prohibition. After Prohibition was repealed in 1933, he turned to gambling. In 1936, he left New York and moved to California. In 1939, Siegel was tried for the murder of fellow mobster Harry Greenberg. Siegel was acquitted in 1942.

Siegel traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada where he handled and financed some of the original casinos. He assisted developer William Wilkerson's Flamingo Hotel after Wilkerson ran out of funds. Siegel took over the project and managed the final stages of construction. The Flamingo opened on December 26, 1946 to poor reception and soon closed. It reopened in March 1947 with a finished hotel. Three months later, on June 20, 1947, Siegel was shot dead at the Beverly Hills home of his girlfriend, Virginia Hill. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Bugsy Siegel
Full Name:
Benjamin Siegel
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Gangster
Ethnicity:
Jewish people
Religion:
Judaism
Date of Birth:
February 28, 1906
Astrological Sign:
Pisces
Date of Death:
June 20, 1947
Age at Death:
41
Cause of Death:
Firearm, Murder, Homicide
Marriages
Divorces
Bugsy Siegel Timeline
  • 1939-11-22
    Bugsy Siegel, Whitey Krakower, Frankie Carbo and Albert Tannenbaum kill Harry "Big Greenie" Greenberg outside his apartment after Greenberg had threatened to become a police informant
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