30 June 1947. Bugsy Siegel was murdered on 20 June 1947 at Virginia Hill’s home in Beverly Hills. Four days earlier, she took an unscheduled flight to Paris. Had she any idea of what was in store for him? You bet she did. Here she is, 10 days after his death, stepping out from her hotel. A mimeographed slug attached to the photo explains:
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IN PARIS WHILE HOME IS IN HEADLINES
PARIS, FRANCE……VIRGINIA HILL, IN WHOSE MOORISH MANSION IN BEVERLY HILLS, CAL., BENJAMIN (BUGSY) SIEGEL WAS TOMMY-GUNNED TO DEATH LAST WEEK, IS SHOWN (LEFT) LEAVING HER PARIS HOTEL WITH HER MOTHER. IT WAS REPORTED THAT MISS HILL WENT TO FRANCE TO BUY WINES AND CHAMPAGNES FOR SIEGEL’S RESTAURANTS.
If you fancy a detour from the Virginia Hill story, you could read about Paris after World War II.Back