The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on July 30, 1976 · 24
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 24

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Friday, July 30, 1976
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HOODLUM MICKEY COHEN DIES Xos 3srlrs Cunts 23 Fri, July 3a 1976 -Part I Continued front First Page The late Fletcher Bowron. then mayor of Los Angeles, called Cohen a "little punk." "I'd like to drive him out, but most of his activities are in the county (unincorporated areas)," Bowron said That's out of my jurisdiction." Cohen was a catalyst for violence. He was involved in a number of shooting scrapes defending his position as the chief of underworld gambling here, which netted him an estimated $80,000 a month. In 1945. Cohen shot and killed gambler Maxie Shaman. He was cleared on grounds of self-defense. Three years later, three gunmen walked into the haberdashery shop Cohen operated on the Sunset Strip and started blasting away with shotguns. One of Cohen's bodyguards was killed but Cohen, who had just stepped inside a washroom, escaped unhurt. In 1949, Cohen, two bodyguards and a woman were shct down as they left a Sunset Blvd. restaurant. Cohen recovered. One of the bodyguards died. The following year, Cohen's attorney, Samuel L. Rummel, was slain by a blast from a sawed-off shotgun. Cohen was indicted in 1961 for con-spiracy to murder in the slaying of Jack (the Enforcer) Whalen by Sara LoCigno. Cohen was freed after a mistrial. LoCigno went to prison. In the late 1950s Cohen served ZVt years in McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary for evading more than $150,000 in federal income taxes. The beginning of the end came in 1962 when Cohen was sent to prison for 15 years on a conviction of evading $400,000 in federal taxes. The following year, while Cohen was serving his term in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, a fellow prisoner clubbed him several times with a lead pipe. Cohen suffered paralysis of the left side, a skull fracture and brain damage. He later sued the government for $10 million over the attack that left him a cripple for the rest of his life. He won a judgment of $110,000, but the Internal Revenue Service grabbed it all for back taxes. Cohen said in January, 1972, after he was released from prison and was on his way back to Los Angeles: "I'm not a vicious man. I haven't been involved in any vicious incidents. Even in the days when I was considered a hoodlum, I had a strong sense of ethics." In Las Vegas Thursday, entertainer Liz Renay, Cohen's former girlfriend, said she was "shocked" at his death even though she knew as long ago as last year that he was dying. Miss Renay spent 27 months in a federal prison for perjuring herself before a grand jury during an investigation into Cohen's finances. "I visited him in the hospital the day before his operation and the day after," she said. "He told me then he had cancer and was on the way out "He said he knew it was a 'down' approach to take but that he knew he was dying." Miss Renay. 49, said she had seen Cohen many times since he was released from prison. His appearance in recent years saddened her, she said. "On the second Christmas after he got out he attended a Christmas party at my home," she said. "It took him half an hour to climb the stairs to a room where I had a display of old pictures of us. He had to use a cane and be helped by his bodyguard and therapist." Miss Renay said she had been known as Cohen's "girlfriend" from the time she met him in 1957 or 1958 until he went to prison. "But really I was just a real close friend." she said. "We always remained very close." She said that when she visited Cohen in the hospital he told her he S, :' J. - V'fl . . : :' ,1 THROUGH THE YEARS-Cohen in 1972, left, his frequent visits to court and sporting a black wearing a snap-brim hat in 1951 during one of eye after altercation with an officer in 1958. AP photos and Times photo hoped he would be able to make some personal appearances to promote his book, "In My Own Words." "But that wasn't to be," she said. Cohen was a highly complex individual. In 1974 he related how, since he left prison, "I just can't get used to seeing what I am seeing" in society. He said the criminal world was saturated with "freaks" and that in society "nobody has any shame whatsoever, no respect whatsoever and no pride." Cohen was born on Sept. 4, 1913, in New York City and raised in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles where his mother operated a grocery. He started earning money at 8 as a newspaperboy. His body was sent to the Groman Mortuary, where an employe said that Cohen's family had given instructions that no information whatsoever on him be given out. It is believed that Cohen left a sister and a nephew. r(L4 b 1' - Sj$ ill ' ' -A I M . j l r JUNIORS, LOOK WHO'S WEARING TROUSERS NOW! Pleated trousers and a tailored vest. Classic, you say? Maybe, but who ever thought anything so smart could look so feminine. When you wear the pants . . . soften them with the blouse, jr. sizes 5-13. 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