Thursday, November 10, 2022

Charles 'Lucky' Luciano

Charles "Lucky" Luciano Nov 24, 1897 – Jan 26, 1962
Charles 'Lucky' Luciano is considered the father of modern organized crime in the US. He was the first official boss of the Genovese crime family. He, along with Meyer Lansky, were key players in the development of the National Crime Syndicate.

Meyer Lansky
Prohibition was kind to Luciano and his partners. By 1925 they ran the largest bootlegging operation in New York and grossed $12m per year, a massive figure.

In 1929 luciano was abducted at gunpoint, beaten, stabbed with an ice pick, had his throat slashed and was left for dead. He survived with a droopy eye and a nickname well earned.

In April 1931, Luciano and two other gang members, Albert Anastasia and Bugsy Siegel, murdered their leader, Joe Masseria. Six months later, with the help of Meyer Lansky, Luciano arranged the killing of Salvatore Maranzano.

Luciano was now the most important criminal boss in New York. He joined with Louis Lepke Buchalter, Abe Reles and Albert Anastasia to form Murder Incorporated: executioners for hire.

Luciano was charged with prostitution and received 30 to 50 years in 1936. He maintained control of the syndicate during incarceration. In return for assisting the allies, Luciano was granted commutation and was deported to Italy where he resumed control over the US mob.

Charles "Lucky" Luciano escorted into court June 18, 1936.

Unlike most of his peers, Luciano died of natural causes.
In 1962, he suffered a fatal heart attack in Naples airport. He was shipped back to the United States and buried in St. John's Cemetery in New York.

In 1998, Time named Luciano as the "criminal mastermind" among the top 20 most influential builders and titans of the 20th century.
See ---->Murder, Incorporated