The son of Jewish immigrants, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (1906-1947) began his life of crime on the streets of Brooklyn. He formed the Bugs-Meyer gang with Meyer Lansky as an adolescent, then rose to prominence within Mafia kingpin Charles “Lucky” Luciano’s national syndicate. Siegel relocated his bootlegging and gambling rackets to the West Coast in 1937, maintaining an extravagant lifestyle in Beverly Hills. In 1945, he moved to Las Vegas to supervise the syndicate-funded construction of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. With mob bosses reportedly unhappy with his management, Siegel was shot to death in his Beverly Hills home.