Produced in Brooklyn on February 28, 1906, Bugsy Siegel established a criminal empire through bootlegging, gambling and callous assassinations before setting up shop in Vegas. He started the famous Flamingo Hotel and Casino, the beginning of his ill-famed gaming operation at the center of the Vegas desert. Bugsy Siegel was born Benjamin Siegel, on February 28, 1906, in Brooklyn, Ny. As a teen, he extorted cash from pushcart peddlers on Nyc ‘s Lower East Side.
During the 1920s, Mafia kingpin Charles “Lucky” Luciano as well as several other Italian gangsters formed themselves into a national syndicate. Nicknamed Bugsy for his explosive nature, Siegel became a dominant player in this recently recognized band of offenders. Settling in California, he set up gambling dens and international gambling ships, while also combining the already existing prostitution, narcotics and bookmaking rackets. He kept an excessive lifestyle in Beverly Hills, where he purchased a palatial estate, frequented celebrations and rubbed elbows with Hollywood moguls and starlets.
In the late 1930s, Siegel started dating actress Virginia Hill. They were a striking couple known as much for their violent natures as for his or her glamorous appearances. In 1945, the two moved to Vegas, where Siegel started working toward his vision to build a gaming mecca in the Nevada desert. With funds in the eastern crime syndicate, building of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino started under Siegel’s oversight.
Originally budgeted at $1.5 million, the building job shortly proved to be a difficulty as construction prices soared to more than $6 million. When it had been found that a lot of the overruns were attributable to Siegel’s theft and mismanagement, Lansky (now a leading person in the eastern syndicate) became enraged by his treachery. Concurrently, three of Lansky’s cohorts entered the Flamingo Hotel and held a takeover. Although Lansky denied participation in the hit, there’s hardly any uncertainty that Siegel was killed on syndicate orders.