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Feb. 14, 1959: Paul Coates Gets Some Reader Feedback

Feb. 14, 1959: It’s Saturday in 1959, and Paul Coates ends the week with some letters, a typical ploy in the days when columnists published six times a week, a punishing schedule. And there is a Parkey Sharkey alert! Also … Continue reading

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RIP: Dave Pell, Jazz Musician 1925 – 2017

Veteran jazz musician and record producer Dave Pell has died at the age of 92, according to his Facebook page. Here are excerpts of an interview I did in 2007. (The full interview is at latimes.com.) Dave Pell on Lenny … Continue reading

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Before You Watch ‘Mob City’ — Bugsy Siegel, Mickey Cohen and Chief Parker

Before you watch TNT’s “Mob City” tonight, read these items from The Times about what Police Capt. William H. Parker was actually doing in the 1940s. Parker served in the Army during World War II and was discharged in November … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: William Parker vs. Bugsy Siegel

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 … Continue reading

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‘Gangster Squad’: Fail — Part 2 (Updated)

“Inspired by a True Story” is movie shorthand for “what you’re about to see is all b.s.” Much against my better judgment, I forced myself to watch “Gangster Squad” again when it came out on DVD and “on demand.” Not … Continue reading

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‘Gangster Squad’ a Thumbnail Review

“Gangster Squad” is bad. It’s very bad. It’s even very, very bad. I laughed several times in fact, despite my best efforts not to. I’ll write more later but here’s a start: I should say something about a spoiler alert … Continue reading

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Pray for Me, I’m Going to See ‘Gangster Squad’

I am heading  off to see “Gangster Squad” this morning, not because I expect it to be good, but because I expect it to be very, very bad, as already reflected by the first reviews and the trailers. I have … Continue reading

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Mickey Cohen on the Record – Talking With Author Tere Tereba

Photo: Tere Tereba’s “Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.’s Notorious Mobster.”   Note: I have been talking with author Tere Tereba about her book “Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.’s Notorious Mobster.” Was he nothing more  … Continue reading

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Johnny Stompanato, RIP

Above, the Mirror brings out an extra on the Johnny Stompanato killing. Photograph by Gary Smith / Los Angeles Times Coroner’s attendants remove the body of Johnny Stompanato from the home of Lana Turner, 730 N. Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills. … Continue reading

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April 2, 1958

Above, the popularity of TV westerns spreads to "Ozzie and Harriet." Below, Holy Week is presented in a daily news feature based on the Gospels. It is difficult to imagine that even in the 1950s anybody thought this was a … Continue reading

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March 28, 1958

Above, Mickey Cohen is in trouble again. Shocking, I know. This time he has a black eye courtesy of U.S. drug agent Howard W. Chappell. Cohen was eventually fined $200 for disturbing the peace. Below, the death of W.C. Handy, … Continue reading

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March 20, 1958

Above, more layoffs, this time in Los Angeles’ auto assembly plants in South Gate, Van Nuys and Maywood, recall the recurring theme of unemployment in recent columns by Matt Weinstock and Paul Coates. Below, the Navy discovers that a mystery … Continue reading

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Mystery photo

Photograph by Jack Gaunt / Los Angeles Times OK, who’s the blond with Mickey Cohen? (No, it’s not Walter O’Malley). Candy Barr? (Two people). Nope, Candy Barr looks like this. The Daily Mirror doesn’t do reruns! LaVonne Cohen? Sorry, no. … Continue reading

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Mystery photo

Photograph by Fred Tschantre / Los Angeles Times OK, who’s the blond with Mickey Cohen? (Hint: No, it’s not Walter O’Malley). Elizabeth Montgomery? An intriguing guess–Elizabeth Montgomery and Mickey Cohen. But no. Lili St. Cyr? Good guess, but Lili would … Continue reading

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Mystery photo

  Photograph by the Los Angeles Times   Who are these gentlemen and what are they doing? Bonus question: Who was the former owner of this Cadillac? Is it Johnny Stompanato? (Howard Decker–first by 10 minutes over the next correct … Continue reading

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Jan. 3, 1958

    Note: Three Border Patrol agents crawling through brush found Roberta Elizabeth Donovan the next day, asleep in a clump of mesquite. Also note ABC’s settlement with Police Chief William Parker over remarks by Mickey Cohen in an interview … Continue reading

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Cohen’s Caddy found!

Thanks to a reader, I have located Mickey Cohen’s bulletproof Cadillac. It’s in the Southward Car Museum in New Zealand! (Note to my friends at the Petersen: Wouldn’t it be cool to borrow this car and put it on display?). … Continue reading

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Mickey Cohen’s Cadillac

Would you like to see another picture of Mickey Cohen with one of his Cadillacs? Of course you would! This one is a bit mysterious. This is the Cadillac that took a few shots in 1949 outside Sherry's on the … Continue reading

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Mickey Cohen

Here’s another little nugget of information I found going through the archives. Guess what kind of car Mickey Cohen had after he gave up bulletproof Cadillacs? Go ahead, guess.

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Mickey Cohen’s Caddy

Michael "Mickey" Cohen needed a new bulletproof Cadillac for several reasons: His home was bombed in February 1950 and his previous Cadillac acquired some bullet holes outside Sherry's  Restaurant, 9039 Sunset Blvd., on July 20, 1949.   Photograph by Clay … Continue reading

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