Benjamin Siegel as he liked to be called, was probably one of the more famous mobsters of the 1930’s and 1940’s. Whether that was partly down to his striking movie star look, or charisma, or a bit of both. Behind the camera and limelight he was a violent and ruthless mobster who was the main driving force behind the development of the Las Vegas Strip, which now serves as a tourist destination for millions around the world.
Jumping to the time of his death, Siegel was excessively spending Mafia money, and after being warned many times by Meyer Lansky, he just ignored it. It was also thought that Siegel was stealing some of the money to fund his lifestyle.
In 1946, a meeting was held with the commission, but as Lucky Luciano was in exile in Sicily at the time the meeting was held in Havana, Cuba so he could attend. This is where the decision to place a contract on Bugsy came about, although his long-time friend Meyer Lansky reluctantly agreed to the decision.
On the night of June 20, 1947, Ben Siegel sat with his associate Allen Smiley in Virginia Hills’ Beverly Hills home. He was reading a copy of the Los Angeles Times , which fell to the floor after the hit was completed.
There were a total of 9 shots fired into the house that night.