crime supremo, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, had just finished talking to
his associate, Allen Smiley, when three shots were fired at him through a window
on this day. He died instantly.
the late 1930's, Siegel had set up his "business" on the West Coast
of the USA and became a high roller amongst the Hollywood gliterati of the time.
His all-night parties became legendary.
his demise seems to have been related to an investment he made with money from
a New York crime syndicate. He built the Flamingo Hotel in what was then just
a sleepy little town of Las Vegas in 1945, with $6mn from his New York colleagues.
Las Vegas was not the bustling metropolis that it is today, and the hotel was
not immediately profitable. The New York syndicate may have been taking measures
to get their money back...