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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Scope and Contents: 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. Much of the correspondence deals with Harry’s attempt to obtain a medical parole for his brother. Materials are arranged by correspondent and date.