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David Bailey, Kray Twins with Pet Snakes (1968) ___Billy Hill was one of the foremost perpetrators of organised crime in London from the 1920s through to the 1960s. He was a smuggler, operated protection rackets and used extreme violence.


The TIME Vault: 1955

Not originally published in LIFE. Mickey Cohen's wife, LaVonne, at home in Los Angeles, 1949.


Mickey Cohen became the West Coast racket boss in 1947, after his mentor and predecessor, Bugsy Siegel, was assassinated.


Gangster Squad International TV Spot

Gangster Squad International TV Spot - Ruben Fleischer directs this 1940s crime drama about a group of L.A.P.D. officers trying to take down the infamous Mickey Cohen.

THE LAST DON: "MICKEY" COHEN -- THE SUNSET KINGPIN was a ruthless gangster based in Los Angeles and part of the Jewish Mafia. He also had strong ties to the American Mafia from the 1930s through 1960s.