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Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel assassination...

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June 23, 1947

NEW YORK WORLD-TELEGRAM, New York City, June 23, 1947 

* re. Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel assassination 
* Flamingo Club, Las Vegas, Nevada - Murder Inc.

This 26 page newspaper has a four column headline on the front page: "Court Hints Bugs Siegel Link" with subhead: "Coast Looks Here For Siegel Motive"

Related headline on page 2 reads: "Jewel Suspect's Alibi Died When Bugsy Did"

This is follow up reporting on the recent assassination of famous racketeer Bugsy Siegel.

Other news of the day. Little central fold and margin, otherwise good.

wikipedia notes: On the night of June 20, 1947, as Siegel sat with his associate Allen Smiley in Virginia Hill's Beverly Hills home reading the Los Angeles Times, an unknown gunman entered the backyard and fired at him through the window with a .30-caliber military M1 carbine, hitting him many times including twice in the head. No one was ever charged with the murder, and the crime remains unsolved.

Though popular descriptions held that Siegel was shot in the eye, an autopsy revealed that the bullet actually entered the back of his skull, and exited through an eye socket; investigators found the eye across the room. The cause of death was cerebral hemorrhage. According to Florabel Muir, "Four of the nine shots fired that night destroyed a white marble statue of Bacchus on a grand piano, and then lodged in the far wall".

In the Bialystoker Synagogue on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Siegel is memorialized by a Yahrtzeit (remembrance) plaque that marks his death date so mourners can say Kaddish for the anniversary of his passing. Siegel's plaque is just below that of his father, Max Siegel, who died two months prior to his son's murder.

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