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18,527.  When Mickey wasn’t selling papers and hustling on the streets he was boxing.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Murder Cases)  Mobsters s1e25: Mickey Cohen

 

18,528.  Where he had failed as a boxer he hoped to succeed as a gangsta.  Mickey Cohen would soon meet another notorious Jewish mobster – Bugsy Siegel.  Together they would re-write mob history in Los Angeles.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Murder Cases)  ibid.  

 

18,529.  Mickey Cohen was ready to take on Hollywood.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Murder Cases)  ibid.

 

18,530.  When visionary New York gangsta Meyer Lansky looked west he saw an untapped resource.  Lansky wanted to secure some of the rackets for himself ... Siegel was the perfect choice for Lansky.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Murder Cases)  ibid.

 

18,531.  Off-track betting was still illegal.  It was a high-stakes racket.  Bookmakers would pay as much as twelve-hundred dollars a week for access.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Bookmakers & Murder Cases & Horses & Betting & Gambling)  ibid.

 

18,532.  And when Mickey went out he liked attention.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Bookmakers & Murder Cases)  ibid.

 

18,533.  For the first time in his life Mickey Cohen felt he was on the A-List.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: & Murder Cases)  ibid.

 

18,213.  While Mickey embraced life in LA, Bugsy Siegel was bored with the same old Hollywood scene.  In 1945 Bugsy came up with an idea that he pitched to the Mob families – an investment opportunity.  The Flamingo hotel.  A first-class destination in Las Vegas, Nevada, complete with a hundred and five rooms, private bungalows, and a casino.  Siegel told them all they had to do was put up the money to build the place and watch their wallets grow.  (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Murder Cases & Mafia: US & Las Vegas & Los Angeles & Gangs US: Los Angeles)  ibid.

 

18,214.  By the time Mickey arrived in Las Vegas it was too late.  The hotel was already $5 million over budget.  Bugsy had promised the Mob a sure thing; The Flamingo was anything but ... The Assassin fired into the house hitting Bugsy three times in the head, killing him instantly.  Bugsy Segal had bet everything on Vegas.  And lost.  (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Murder Cases & Mafia: US & Las Vegas & Los Angeles & Gangs US: Los Angeles)  ibid.    

 

18,534.  With Bugsy dead, Mickey Cohen operated LA’s illegal gambling and wire service himself: Mickey Cohen was now the boss of Hollywood.  And when Mickey went out, the locals took notice.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Murder Cases)  ibid.     

 

18,535.  The underworld attracted the attention of the Senate sub- committee on organised crime ... For hours Mickey answered questions.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Murder Cases)  ibid.

 

18,536.  In April 1951 the once lucky gangsta was formally charged with tax evasion.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Murder Cases)  ibid.

 

18,537.  Even in prison Mickey was a big player ... After almost four years in prison Mickey was released for good behaviour.  Cohen was a free man again.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Murder Cases)  ibid.

 

18,538.  Mickey took divorce badly.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Murder Cases)  ibid.

 

18,539.  Mickey agreed to an unprecedented interview on The Mike Wallace Show ... ‘I have killed no men that in the first place didn’t deserve killing.’  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Bookmakers & Killing & Murder Cases)  ibid.

 

18,540.  The Feds sent him away again: for tax evasion.  This time he was sent to Alcatraz.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Murder Cases & Alcatraz)  ibid.

 

18,541.  The Mobster was partially paralysed and would have to walk with sticks for the rest of his life.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Murder Cases)  ibid.

 

18,542.  Times had changed and many of his associates had died.  By the end of 1973 Mickey was a shell of his former self.  But still enjoyed watching a fight.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Murder Cases)  ibid.

 

18,543.  Mickey Cohen died in his sleep.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Murder Cases)  ibid. 

 

 

18,544.  The race-wire broadcast the results to bookmaking runs throughout Los Angeles.  So that people could lay bets up to the last moment.  It was split-second timing.  And Mickey [Cohen] was the king.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia & Murder Case & Bookmakers & Betting & Gambling & Horses)  James Ellroy, author LA Confidential

 

 

18,545.  Mickey Cohen didn’t spend time at school; he spent time on the street as a newsboy scuffling for pennies and for coins.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia & Murder Cases)  Bruce Henstell, author Sunshine and Wealth

 

 

18,546.  The Number One issue at that time was police brutality.  So by the time you get to the early sixties you had an environment that was ripe for riot, and that is exactly what happened.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Police & Riot)  Alex Alonso, street gangs.com

 

 

18,547.  They’ll destroy anyone in their way.  Hundreds of gangs draw battle lines from one district to the next.  In a racially charged war everyone becomes a target.  And no-one sees an end in sight.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles)  Gangland s1e5: Race Wars, History 2007

 

18,548.  A violent sub-culture.  Its inhabitants live and die in a vast war-zone that stretches across LA county.  Home to more than nine hundred street gangs.  Bloods and Crips rule south-central ... They fight for dominance.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles)  ibid.

 

18,549.  Black and Hispanic gangs hold absolute power in some parts of the neighbourhood.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles)  ibid.

 

18,550.  Drug dealing and the territory that goes with it is power.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles)  ibid.

 

18,551.  The gang capital of the world is also the most diverse city.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles)  ibid.

 

18,552.  Race is now playing a leading role in gang-related killings ... People are targeted for having the wrong coloured skin.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles)  ibid.

 

18,553.  Entire neighbourhoods get drawn in.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles)  ibid.

 

18,554.  In south-central Los Angeles on April 29th 1992 one of the worst race riots erupted in American history.  The trigger was the acquittal of four white police officers in the beating of Rodney King.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Riots & Police & Race & Black Culture)  ibid.  

 

18,555.  Race-based violence had been a part of Los Angeles for almost a century.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Race)  ibid. 

 

18,556.  In the late 1960s many gang members joined the Black Nationalist Movement.  Groups like the Black Panthers promoted black power and self-defence.  And launched social programmes to help the urban poor.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Black Culture)  ibid.

 

111,150.  Gangs explored ever greater money-making opportunities with the rise of crack cocaine.  Kids who grew up in poverty were selling thousands of dollars’ worth of drugs a day.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Crack Cocaine)  ibid.  

 

18,557.  Drugs raised the stakes of the turf wars.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles)  ibid.

 

18,558.  The first and most prominent of these gangs was the Crips who rose to power in the 1970s.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles)  ibid.

 

18,559.  Since the early 1990s police have seen violence on the streets increase between Black and Latino gangs.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles)  ibid.

 

18,560.  There’s a gang-related shooting here almost every day.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles)  ibid.

 

18,561.  The racist attitudes that divide Black and Hispanic gang members in prison often become ingrained in them before the time they return to the outside world.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Race & Prison)  ibid.

 

 

18,569.  South-central LA is their battleground.  It’s a lifestyle lived without rules.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles)  Gangland s2e5: Crip or Die

 

18,570.  But you weren’t a true Crip until you put in work.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles)  ibid.

 

18,571.  Crips don’t die, they multiply: Crip or Die.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles)  ibid.

 

18,572.  Between 1984 and 1989 at the height of the crack epidemic the homicide rate for black teenage males in Los Angeles more than doubled ... The drug that had made the Crips rich was also destroying them.  (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Crack Cocaine)  ibid.

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