The Harry and Mickey Cohen
Correspondence Collection consist of personal correspondence primarily between one of the
Cohen brothers and newspaper woman Agness Underwood during the period of Mickey Cohen's last
prison term in the 1960s.
Meyer Harris "Mickey" Cohen was an American gangster working primarily out of Los Angeles,
CA after stints in Cleveland, New York, and Chicago, where he worked in Al Capone's
organization. In Los Angeles Cohen worked for Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel until his 1947 death
at which time Mickey took over. Cohen served in Alcatraz and later the Atlanta Federal
Penitentiary (for tax evasion, 1951 and again in 1961) where another inmate made an attempt
on his life with a blow to the head from a lead pipe.
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