Nov 282013
 
Mob City Trailer

Mob City, Frank Darabont’s new series on TNT, will portray the decades-long war between Mickey Cohen and LAPD Chief William Parker. The series begins in 1947, when Cohen was Bugsy Siegel’s right-hand man. Siegel is unlikely to make it through the first season since he was killed in 1947 after wasting millions of Syndicate money on the Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas. Mob City will be an interesting companion to Boardwalk Empire, covering the period after everything had settled in Chicago and New York. Read More…

Nov 122012
 
Mickey Cohen

Born in New York City, Micky Cohen (September 4, 1912-July 29, 1976) grew up in Los Angeles, where he drifted into crime at an early age. Despite his small size, he proved to be good with his fists, and briefly returned to New York City to pursue a boxing career. Realizing that he lacked the skill to succeed as a boxer, seventeen-year-old Cohen embraced the life of crime. Satisfying his love of fashion through robbery, Cohen’s indiscriminate preying angered numerous powerful gangsters, first in Cleveland and then Chicago. When Bugsy Siegel advertised for muscle to help him take control of organized crime in Los Angeles, Cohen returned home in 1937. Awed by Siegel’s style and wealth, Cohen gradually calmed down and became Siegel’s right-hand man. When Siegel was killed in 1947 because his investors in the Flamingo Casino thought that he was skimming money, Cohen succeeded him as kingpin of Los Angeles. Although he survived several assassination attempts by Jack Dragna, a rival gangster, Cohen’s flamboyant nature and failure to conceal his wealth attracted the attention of the IRS, and he was sentenced to prison for five years. Following his release, Cohen continued his criminal career. Unlike most leading gangsters, Cohen embraced media attention, becoming a national celebrity. Having failed to learn his lesson, Cohen was convicted a second time. Released in 1972, he developed stomach cancer and died four years later. Read More…