Editors

David G. Schwartz

Document Type

Occasional Paper

Publication Date

3-2010

Publication Title

Center for Gaming Research Occasional Paper Series: Paper 02

Publisher Location

Las Vegas, Nevada

First page number:

1

Last page number:

8

Abstract

Journalists, authors, filmmakers, and historians have been interested in Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel for over six decades. Collectively, they have crafted a cohesive mythological narrative of Siegel’s life one focused upon “rags to riches” success and his contributions to the development of Las Vegas, Nevada. Most attribute to Siegel the inspiration for not only the Flamingo Hotel‐Casino, but also for the glamorous, classy, flashy resort city Las Vegas became after World War II. This paper describes the development of the myth since Siegel’s murder in 1947 as well as how it has been sustained.

Keywords

Casinos; Flamingo Hilton (Las Vegas, Nev.); History; Mafia; Nevada – Las Vegas; Organized crime; Siegel, Bugsy, 1906-1947

Disciplines

American Popular Culture | Cultural History | Gaming and Casino Operations Management | Social History | United States History

Language

English