Another Good Story Ruined: William Parker vs. Bugsy Siegel

Nov. 24, 2013, 'Mob City'

By Yvonne Villarreal in The Times.

Let’s get this straight:

There was never a “long and often bloody struggle between LAPD Police Chief William Parker and gangster kingpin Ben ‘Bugsy’ Siegel” for the simple reason that Siegel was shot to death in June 1947 and Parker didn’t become police chief until August 1950. In other words, Parker became chief three years after Siegel’s death.

Why can’t anybody get L.A. history right?

ps. You know that Siegel was killed in Beverly Hills, not the city of Los Angeles, right? Good.

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5 Responses to Another Good Story Ruined: William Parker vs. Bugsy Siegel

  1. Duane Laible says:

    Dr. Hodel was hired by then Capt.Wm. H. Parker to off Bugsy. Well, according to Hodel’s son anyway.

  2. Joe W says:

    Next thing you will be saying Dr. Hodel really wasn’t the murderer of Elizabeth Short and she wasn’t thrown off the Hollywood sign..

  3. Jon Ponder says:

    Ah, see — this is Hollywood. Frank Darabont’s “Mob City” is about the long and bloody struggle between Chief Parker and the three-year-old reanimated corpse of Bugsy Siegel.Other zombies gangsters, including Charlie Crawford, will rise up and do battle in season two.

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