Brooklyn gangster Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, brought to Los Angeles
to testify against
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, who was accused of killing Harry Schachter.
He told the
Grand Jury that Siegel "is a bigger man in the rackets than Louis
Lepke ever was."
Reputed underworld figure Abe Reles (left) is questioned by U.S.
Attorney William F. Palmer after
being brought to Los Angeles to testify in the removal hearing of
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. Siegel
is wanted for harboring Louis "Lepke" Buchalter.
A copy of an article that appeared in the Los Angeles Evening
Herald and Express, written
by the Managing Editor, revealing background to the investigation of
organized crime in
Los Angeles, which resulted in the arrest of Benjamin "Bugsy"
Sitting left to right are Charles V. Kearney and Arthur Veitch,
both Deputy District Attorneys;
rear are Willard W. Burgess and Jerry Geisler, attorneys for
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel.
Virginia Hill, Bugsy Siegel's mistress.
Virginia Hill, girlfriend of Las Vegas mobster Benjamin "Bugsy'
Siegel, testifies before the Kefauver
organized crime hearings in New York.
Wearing a silver blue mink stole, Virginia Hill is pictured in two
character poses during her appearance
before the Senate Crime Investigating Committee. Miss Hill, whose
home was the scene of the fatal
shooting of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel in 1947, told the investigators
that all her income came from
her "friends" and gambling.
The outdoor swimming pool at Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel's Flamingo
Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.
(Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Moe Sedway was a Jewish-American businessman and mobster. He was
an associate of Bugsy Siegel
and a faithful lieutenant of organized crime czar Meyer Lansky.
By 1945, along with Gus Greenbaum, he ran the El Cortez Hotel with
great success. Sedway was also
instrumental in the financing and construction of the Flamingo Hotel
when William R. Wilkerson ran into
financial difficulties. Sedway saw the Flamingo as unique
opportunity for their group to expand
operations in Las Vegas. Minutes after Bugsy Siegel's murder, Sedway
and Greenbaum took
possession of the Flamingo. No one questioned or disputed their