Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 5 – Girlfriends and Wives

“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 5” is the fifth in a series of Joe Bruno’s “Mobster, Gangs…” books. However, Volume 5 features the fairer sex, who for some reason got intimately involved with some of the worst creeps ever to walk the face of the earth. “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 5” has a feature on mob moll Virginia Hill, who worked her way up the mobster ladder (mostly on her knees and on her back) until she hooked up with sadistic mob killer, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (nobody ever called him “Bugsy” to his face, not even Virginia Hill). In the long run, this liaison didn’t work out well for either one of them.

On June 10, 1947, Bugsy was blown away by a sniper, while reading the newspaper on the couch in the living room of Hill’s Beverly Hills home. At the time of Siegel’s demise, Hill was partying in France with her newest boyfriend; having been sent there by the Chicago mob so she wouldn’t get hit by a stray bullet meant for Siegel.

On March 24, 1966, Hill was founded dead in a snow bank in Salzburg, Austria, where she had moved after she had become “persona non grata” with the United States Internal Revenue Service. The cause of Virginia Hill’s death is still up for conjecture. The original reports said she died from a heart attack. But after an autopsy, it was discovered Hill died from an overdose of drugs.

The question is, did Hill take those drugs herself, or did angry mobsters shove the drugs down her throat?”

“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 5” also features a woman, Ethel Rosenberg, who was the exact opposite of Hill in almost every aspect, except one: she also got involved with a creep, Julius Rosenberg, who some people think is one of the most despicable men of the 20th Century. Julius Rosenberg, a Russian Soviet spy, was responsible for the transfer of American top secret documents to Russia, including the detailed plan for making the atom bomb.

Unlike Hill, Ethel Rosenberg was not an especially attractive woman, and unlike Hill, Ethel Rosenberg was ostensibly a loving wife and mother; or so it seemed on the surface. Both Rosenbergs were executed in the Sing Sing electric chair for treason, but was Ethel as culpable as her husband? Or was she railroaded by the United States government until massive jolts of the electricity rendered her quite dead?

That is for the readers of “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 5” to decide.


What people are saying about “Joe Bruno’s Mobster Books

ANOTHER HISTORY LESSON! – I love Joe Bruno’s books. I always say that he’s the NYC true crime historian. NYC has had its share of murder and corruption over the past couple of centuries and the Author is a wealth of knowledge about it. A must read for any true crime book collector – RJ Parker – Best Selling Author of True Crime Books

INFORMATIVE AND JUST PLAIN GREAT! I love reading about mobsters and old New York. Joe Bruno is an awesome author. I highly recommend this book. – Patricia Epps

FIVE-STAR BOOK AND A BARGAIN TO BOOT! Joe Bruno’s Mobster Books are a definitive history of American mobsters, dating as far back as the early 1820’s and continuing until the mid-1900’s- By GinaBeena “Gina”

KNOCK OUT PUNCH! Joe Bruno delivers a hard punch, well researched, no nonsense book. Fear, hatred, and brutality bring to our awareness in a most convincing and stark manner. The reader is an observer as chills run up and down the spine. Joe Bruno brings full realism to play and bear upon our psyches – Joyce Metzger

WOW WHAT A GREAT BOOK! I couldn’t hardly put it down at night. The way Joe Bruno keeps it short and to the point makes it so easy to read and understand. I was very satisfied with this book and the history it portrayed – Dakikle


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