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Bugsy Siegel murders Harry Greenberg...



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November 25, 1939

THE DETROIT FREE PRESS, November 25, 1939

* Gangster Benjamin Bugsy Siegel
* Harry "Big Greenie" Greenberg murder

Page 8 has a one column heading: "Gangland Victim Linked to Lepke" with subhead. (see) First report coverage of the murder of gangster Harry "Big Greenie" Greenberg by Benjamin 'Bugsy'  Siegel and a few others. Of course Siegel is not mentioned in the report because they didn't know who committed the murder at the time. A key event in Siegel's crime career prior to his Las Vegas venture.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete with 24 pages, light toning and minor wear at the margins, generally nice.

wikipedia notes: In November of 1939, Siegel, Whitey Krakower, and two other gang members killed Harry "Big Greenie" Greenberg. Greenberg had become a police informant, and Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, boss of Murder, Inc., ordered his killing. Siegel was tried for the Greenberg murder. Whitey Krakower was killed before he could face trial. Siegel was acquitted but his reputation was in ruins. During the trial, newspapers revealed Siegel's past and referred to him as "Bugsy". He hated the nickname (said to be based on the slang "bugs", meaning "crazy", and used to describe his erratic behavior), and wouldn't be called "Bugsy" to his face.

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