LA’s Capone was born Meyer Harris Cohen on September 4, 1913.
Check out the article on Mickey Cohen’s birthday at PLAYGROUND TO THE STARS. Always an innovator, who bankrolled advanced technologies to be used in devious ways, I feel he would be have adapted well today — RICO laws and DNA notwithstanding.
I love the cover of the Italian edition of my book, Mickey Cohen. They’re calling it Il Gangster ! The back jacket translates to “more famous than a movie star, more powerful than the law, the most feared criminal in America.”
Historically speaking, they’re chowing down with the LA mob boss at EATER LA. Since he really understood L.A. real estate, particularly when it came to the lines between the city and county (and, yes, HE DID KNOW HIS MODEST BRENTWOOD HOUSE , which sold in 2011 for $3mil+, WAS IN CITY TERRITORY — the LAPD was juiced, too, you know), you can see more whale action at CURBED L.A.
Note: Mickey Cohen’s original bookie joint was in the Stratford Coffee shop, which does still exist intact, signage and all, on South Rampart Blvd., near the building they show at Curbed L.A. It’s on the east side of the street, look for the sign on a 1920’s brown-brick, multi-story strip mall. HAVE A WHALE OF A WEEK!
The Gangster Squad movie just opened… In life, cheeky Mickey Cohen called this elite LAPD intelligence unit the “Stupidity Squad.” Here are a few of my thoughts in an article I just wrote for Biography.com about the real Mickey Cohen, versus pop culture versions. For the unadulterated stories, read my book, Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.’s Notorious Mobster – a factual picture, not just of Cohen, but of the entire Los Angeles underworld from Prohibition to 1976. I’m pleased to see that KCET named it one of the best books of 2012.