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Mickey Cohen's home bombed

Mickey Cohen’s home bombed

Feb. 6, 1950:  A slipper belonging to Mickey Cohen lies on the ground, blown out of his home by the force of a bomb that destroyed part of the West Los Angeles structure.

In a Page 1 article, the Los Angeles Times reported the next morning:

Two men seen driving a dark automobile in the vicinity of Mickey Cohen’s West Los Angeles home, at about the time a terrific dynamite blast shattered one room of the gambler’s house and rocked the neighborhood, were hunted last night.

No one was hurt in the blast which shattered windows, damaged roofs and imperiled a score of sleeping adults and children in homes along Moreno Ave., just off San Vicente Blvd.

Cohen, his wife LaVonne and their maid were in other rooms in the house when the explosion occurred at 4:15 a.m. The shock was felt as far away as seven miles.

The 1950 bombing was one of several attempts on the gangster’s life. After avoiding jail for years, Cohen was convicted of tax evasion in 1951 and again in 1961. Cohen died at age 62 on July 26, 1976.

Below are two additional photos published in the Feb. 7, 1950, Los Angeles Times.  The photo of Mickey Cohen, below was published on Page 1. The bottom image of Cohen’s neighbors, was published on page 3 along with the slipper photo.

Mickey Cohen looks over what remains of his large wardrobe after a bomb shattered part of his West Los Angeles home. This photo was published on Page 1 on Feb. 7, 1950.  Credit: Schuyler A. Hixson Jr. / Los Angeles Times

Original published caption: “In their home across the street from Mickey Cohen’s house Mrs. William Gude and daughter Wendy look through a shattered window. The little girl was showered with glass particles and frightened into hysterics when dynamite exploded.” Credit: Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive / UCLA


  1. July 7, 2011, 10:09 am

    So where was Cohen's house in WLA? That's a pretty big geographical area, if it doesn't refer to the area SE of the VA Hospital…

    By: Ray
  2. January 26, 2013, 4:45 pm

    Near the Brentwood Golf Club

    By: Jan
  3. July 8, 2017, 8:37 pm

    Just an interest fact. The picture of the blown up wardrobe was on the front page of the LA times! My mom told me she remembers her dad, my grandfather , stated as he read the article ” well darn. I worked hard on that wardrobe”. He was a carpenter for many of the elite in Hollywood back in the 50s. He made that wardrobe special with secrect compartments in it. My mom also said that when he was working in it the FBI came and questioned him about what he was doing there. His name was Harry Johannessen.

    By: Karen Karen

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