Uncovering a mobster’s human side

He was a notorious mobster and killer, but Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was also an affectionate father and a charming ladies’ man, says Amanda Kamps, a senior in history at Missouri S&T.

Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel

Under the guidance of Larry Gragg, chair and Curators’ Teaching Professor of history and political science, Kamps has been studying recently declassified FBI documents about Siegel. She says he was generally liked by people in Las Vegas in the 1940s.
“People were willing to ignore things about him – like being a murderer,” Kamps says. “Women were charmed by him and people just tried to avoid angering him.”
Through her research, Kamps hopes to demonstrate that Siegel moved to Vegas to become legitimate. Among the documents she studied are transcripts from bugged telephone calls and FBI agents’ notes.

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What happens in Vegas…may appear in print

In his latest volume of Las Vegas lore, historian Larry Gragg says it was deliberate publicity strategies that changed the perception of Sin City from a regional tourist destination where one could legally gamble and access legalized prostitution just outside the city limits, to a family vacation spot filled with entertainment options and surrounded by […]

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