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Mr Las Vegas Standing just a tad under six-feet tall with a thick head of black hair and piercing blue eyes Benjamin Bugsy Siegel seemed to be a gangster sent from central casting in Hollywood He was charming with the ladies and a sharp dresser athletically inclined and fearless Not only did Ben talk the talk he walked the walk of an ideal racketeer It seemed only certain that Siegel would end up with the elite in Hollywood Siegel moved from the crime-ridden slums of Brooklyn to the backlots of Hollywood and along the way became one of the first celebrity gangsters This is the story of Bugsy Siegel a man who rose from the depths of poverty to the pinnacle of mob life but whose hubris would be his downfall The Williamsburg section of Brooklyn in the early part of the 20th Century was the known melting pot of America Within its tight confines lived thousands of Irish Italian and Jewish immigrants all struggling to make a life for themselves in the New World This was the world to which Benjamin Siegelbaum was born in 1902 His poor immigrant parents raised five children including Ben on the meager wages that a day laborer could bring in Ben saw how hard his Russian-born father worked for pennies and vowed that he would rise above this life There would be no backbreaking garment industry job for him he said He was destined for bigger things Bugsy Siegel earned the nickname early on in his criminal career because of his tendency to go bugs whenever he was angered or frustrated It was a title that he strongly disliked and anyone who used the nickname to his face risked certain bodily harm Siegel preferred that his friends call him Ben Bugsy was a textbook sociopath He took what he wanted when he wanted it and the emotion of remorse was alien to him In his mind other
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