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 this interview with Hull.

Further reading:

Crime Museum – Bugsy Siegel

Wikipedia – Bugsy Siegel

Family Secret, by Warren Robert Hull

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11 thoughts on “this day in crime history: june 20, 1947

  1. The one by the eye was an exit wound. His eye flew about 15 feet across the room and landed intact (except for the “unattached to the noggin” part). It’s even shown in the movie when Warren Beatty gets blasted.
    Another theory was that it was revenge for a beating he had just given Virginia Hill. She was a valuable asset, couriering money back and forth between the U.S. and Europe (mainly Switzerland). Bugsy beat her so badly that she needed plastic surgery, and her courier services were lost to the mob for a long time.

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  2. John D.:
    Have to love that statue in the foreground with it’s hands raised…as if to say:
    “FINALLY, someone got it RIGHT”.
    🙂

    Good post.

    Stay safe out there.

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