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Mobsters

Mobsters

Episode Description

Mickey Cohen was one of the most influential and notorious faces on the Hollywood scene, running with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Lana Turner. Growing up on the Boyle Heights neighborhood streets in Los Angeles, Cohen was known for flexing his the muscle, which also proved useful in the ring as a professional boxer. Through mob connections, Cohen worked with Bugsy Siegel to set up rackets on the West Coast. After the death of Bugsy Siegel in 1947, Cohen became king of the West Coast mob rackets, raking in millions a year through gambling, extortion, and prostitution. Twice convicted and incarcerated for tax evasion, Mickey spent time in federal prison. While he was at Alcatraz, a man bludgeoned him with a lead pipe, rendering Cohen partially paralyzed. After his prison release, Mickey returned to Hollywood... and eventually died in his sleep in 1976.

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