February 6: Murder Inc.

Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, head of the organized crime death squad Murder, Inc. during the 1930s and the only major mob boss to be executed for a specific murder, was born on this date in 1897. By 1922, he had served two prison terms in Sing Sing. In the 1920s, he and his childhood friend Jacob […]

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June 20: Bugsy Siegel

Bugsy Siegel (Benjamin Siegelbaum), a paranoid mobster with a violent temper who helped launch the gambling empire of Las Vegas, was gunned down on this date in 1947 as punishment for a series of miscalculations that cost his associates millions of dollars in losses at the Flamingo Hotel. Siegel was the childhood friend and adult […]

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January 15: Meyer Lansky

Mobster Meyer Lansky died on this day in 1983, age 80, without ever being convicted for a major crime. He was a lifelong friend with Bugsy Siegel (they ran a violent Prohibition-era gang and launched formed Murder, Inc.) until he agreed to Siegel’s execution in 1947 for losing millions on Las Vegas hotels investments. With […]

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