California · Crime Scene Photography

The murder of Bugsy Siegel

June 20, 1947
Beverly Hills, California
Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel is shot to death at his girlfriend’s house

Siegel, a mobster and one of those behind Las Vegas’ success, had been reading a newspaper when an unknown assailant fired a .30 caliber M1 carbine through a window, striking Siegel several times.

Popular folklore based on the crime scene photograph persists claiming one shot struck Siegel in the eye. This injury, however, was a result of being struck near the bridge of his nose and the resulting pressure caused his eyeball to be expelled from its socket.

A few theories have emerged regarding possible motives for Siegel’s hit, including the possibility Siegel was embezzling from the mob and a concerned wife who was worried Siegel was planning to murder her husband. The case remains unsolved.

Warning: Graphic image below

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