Mickey Cohen

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Cohen in 1961

Meyer Harris "Mickey" Cohen (September 4, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York – July 29, 1976 in Los Angeles, California) was a gangster based in L.A. from the 1930s through the 1970s.


  • I killed nobody that didn't deserve killing. In all of these here killings there was no alternative. You couldn't call them cold-blooded killings.... It was either my life or theirs.
    • To Mike Wallace in an ABC-TV-interview in Los Angeles (May 18, 1957). Quoted in LA Times (May 19, 1957).

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