CRIME: The Killers

During his 16 years in Los Angeles, short, sharp-eyed Benny the Meatball grew chubby and genial and almost quit carrying a rod. Los Angeles was paradise for a wrong gee with the right connections. The sun was warm, suckers in dark glasses stood under every palm tree, and the cops obligingly kept Eastern hoods out of town.

Once in a while Benny (whose most recent alias was Gamson) had to pay a $5 fine for shooting craps, but nothing ever came of his six arrests for suspicion of robbery. He had a little routine trouble with a tough local competitor...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!