The Press: The Inside on Bugsy

For a managing editor who likes a good, splashy crime story, the murder of Benjamin ("Bugsy") Siegel in a Beverly Hills mansion (TIME, June 30) had everything. Last week the tabloids of Manhattan, the sensational papers of Los Angeles and, to a lesser degree, papers all over the U.S. played it high, wide & handsome.

Among the sure-fire ingredients were Hollywood names, hints of big-time crime, and some intriguing reports about Bugsy's women friends, one a countess. The papers knew just enough about Bugsy's love affairs to write headlines about "mystery women." There...

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