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The TIME Vault: 1955

Not originally published in LIFE. Mickey Cohen, 1949.

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Michael "Mickey" Cohen was born September 4, 1913 in Brownsville, New York. Cohen first came into contact with the mafia world in Chicago when he met Al Capone. In 1947, "Bugsy" Siegal was assassinated and Cohen became a west coast mafia boss. In addition to traditional mafia business, Cohen took advantage of the movie business, at one time blackmailing Lana Turner.

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8800 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA. Building owned by Mickey Cohen in 1944. Today houses a liquor store and infamous Viper Room nightclub.

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Mickey Cohen, 1930s-1960s Los Angeles gangster, looking a tad beat up.

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Cheryl Crane Johnny Stompanato | The Daily Mirror - TV, movies, history, Los Angeles Times, police ...

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Meyer Harris "Mickey" Cohen (September 4, 1913 – July 29, 1976) was a gangster based in Los Angeles and part of the Jewish Mafia, and also had strong ties to the Italian American Mafia (especially the Los Angeles crime family) from the 1930s through 1960s. As a teenager, Cohen began boxing in illegal prizefights in Los Angeles. In 1929, the 15-year-old moved from Los Angeles to Cleveland to train as a professional boxer. His first professional boxing match was on April 8, 1930 against Patsy…

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Mickey Cohen, uno de los primeros gangsters que se jactaba de su fama mediática, aquí rodeado de los titulares que lo mencionan. Foto del 1949 de Edward Clark.

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Death of Lana Turner's boyfriend - and mobster - Johnny Stampanato by her daughter Cheryl Crane, 1958.

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