||Los Angeles| Virginia Hill
Birth: August 26, 1916 - Alabama
Death: March 24, 1966 - Austria
Virginia Hill was a US mob courier who was famous for being the steady girlfriend of Hollywood gangster Bugsy Siegel, following the breakdown of his marriage. Virginia Hill was born 1916 in Lipscomb, Alabama, one of 10 siblings. The family later moved to Marietta, Georgia. Her mother later left her to take care of other children.
In 1951, Hill was summoned to testify for the Kefauver hearings and denied having knowledge of Mafia deals. She told investigators that her income came from gifts her boyfriends gave her due to her prowess in oral sex. (As Time magazine reported in its obituary of Hill on 1 April 1966, Hill spent her time on the witness stand "boggling Senators with her full-grown curves and succinct explanation of just why men would lavish money on a hospitable girl from Bessemer, Ala.") The IRS determined that Hill had spent $500,000 without paying taxes and sued her. Hill proceeded to marry a well-known Sun Valley ski instructor Hans Hauser (né Norman Johann Hauser, 1911-1974) and moved with him to Europe. The IRS auctioned her house and property to pay for back taxes. Hill spent her remaining years in Europe. In her last years, when she was separated from her husband, her only child, Peter Hauser, who worked as a waiter, supported her. She died of an overdose of sleeping pills, an apparent suicide, in Koppel, a town near Salzburg, Austria on 24 March 1966. She was 49. According to the Andy Edmonds biography "Bugsy's Baby: The Secret Life of Mob Queen Virginia Hill", however, Hill's death was suspicious, since her body was found outdoors, near a brook, two days after she met with a former lover, gangster Joe Adonis, who reportedly had her escorted home with two of his bodyguards. She is buried in Aigen Cemetery in Salzburg, Austria.
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