Bugsy Siegel

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Bugsy Siegel
Mugshot of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, 1928
Benjamin Siegel[1]

(1906-02-28)February 28, 1906
DiedJune 20, 1947(1947-06-20) (aged 41)
Cause of deathShot (homicide)
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery
Other namesBug, Bugs, Bugsy, Ben
OccupationRacketeer, gangster, casino owner
Parent(s)Max Siegel
Jennie Riechenthal[1]

Benjamin Siegel (February 28, 1906 – June 20, 1947) was an American mobster with the Luciano crime family.[1] He was Jewish.

Siegel was a sociopath who had a criminal record for rape, robbery and murder.[2] Siegel was one of the founders and leaders of Murder, Inc.[3] and became a bootlegger during Prohibition. After Prohibition was repealed in 1933, he turned to gambling. He was one of the key people in the rise of Las Vegas in the 1940s.

Warren Beatty starred as Siegel in the 1991 movie of his life, Bugsy. Siegel was the model for the character Moe Greene in The Godfather (Godfather part I).

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "California, Death Index, 1940–1997". FamilySearch. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  2. "crimelibrary". Archived from the original on 2007-01-16. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  3. "Killer Ring Broken; 21 Murders Solved". New York Daily News. Laborers.org. March 19, 1940. [1] Archived 2012-03-21 at the Wayback Machine