Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was a Jewish American. Described as rather handsome and charismatic, he became one of the first front-page-celebrity. He was also a driving force behind the development of the Las Vegas Strip.
Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, a notorious mobster who brought heaps of success to the Las Vegas Strip, was reading the Los Angeles Times at his girlfriend’s Beverly Hills home on June 20, 1947. As he sat on the sofa, a hitman fired several shots through the window using a semi-automatic .30-caliber military M1 carbine rifle. One of the bullets blew Siegel’s left eye out of its socket. In total, nine shots were fired into the house, and four of them hit Siegel in the head, neck, and torso. He died at the age of 41.
The gunman was never identified, but Siegel’s rival (and former friend), Meyer Lanksy, declared a takeover of Siegel’s Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas within a few hours of the attack on Siegel. Another theory is that Siegel was killed by the lover of his best friend’s wife.
Why shouldn’t you Google this? The crime scene images, including a closeup of Siegel’s busted eye socket, are gruesome. You can see them here.
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