Meyer Lansky (1902 - 1983) Organized Crime Figure. He was half of the Bugs (Siegel) and Meyer Gang, a friend of Lucky Luciano, one of few non-Sicilian 'Mafia' and one of few who died of natural causes. The government was never able to convict him.
As a teenager, Siegel met and formed an alliance with future Syndicate leader Meyer Lansky. Known as the Bugs and Meyer Mob, the gang operated out of Manhattan's Lower East Side. Working mainly in bootlegging, Siegel and Lansky's gang eventually folded into the Syndicate, a loosely bound organization that unified mobsters from various national gangs. A separate "enforcement" branch of the Syndicate was created simply for carrying out murders. Siegel was one of the founding members