married but was rarely faithfully and once
asked why he had no children replied "I
didn't want no son of mine to go through
life as the son of Luciano, the gangster.
That's one thing I still hate Dewey for,
making me a gangster in the eyes of the
Lucky Luciano Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1897 - 1962 *** Full Name: Salvatore Luciano – Charles Luciano *** Nickname: Lucky *** Occupation: Italian Crime Boss, Gangster and Bootlegger *** Date of Birth: Lucky Luciano was born on November 24th 1897 *** Place of Birth: Lucky Luciano was born in Lercara Friddi, Sicily, Italy *** Family background: His father was Antonio Luciana and his mother was Rosalia. His father worked in a sulfur mine until 1907 when his father decided to take his family to America where they settled in New York City *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with four siblings, Bartolomeo, Guiseppe, Filippa and Concetta *** Education: Lucky Luciano attended school until he was fourteen years of age when he dropped out ***
Lucky Luciano Fact 1: Lucky Luciano was born on November 24th 1897 and during the 19th century period in history when there was much change across Europe and the world, the first and second French, Spanish, Chinese and Holy Roman Empires all collapsed and Europe would see two World Wars.
Lucky Luciano Fact 2: When
Luciano was a boy of nine years of
age his father decided to uproot his
family and move them to America,
where they settled in the Lower East
Side of Manhattan in New York City.
Lucky Luciano Fact 9: Rothstein also educated Luciano in other areas including socializing.
Lucky Luciano Fact 10: During 1925 Luciano was already grossing in excess of twelve million dollars a year with a net income from bribing the police and political body of close to four million dollars a year.
Lucky Luciano Fact 11: Where Rothstein taught Luciano the about the finer things in life, Masseria was the complete antithesis of Rothstein, uneducated and uncouth he also had very limited management skills.
Lucky Luciano Fact 12:
Salvatore Maranzano was Masseria’s
chief competitor. Maranzano having
been recruited from Sicily to
oversee the Castellammarese clan
undertakings and the rivalry between
the two was so fierce by 1931 both
bosses would be dead.
Lucky Luciano Fact 15: Having
seen what opening declaring himself
as the supreme boss could mean, he
preferred to keep things low key and
on a much more personal footing,
keeping close ties to the other
families and in so doing would keep
the original five Maranzano
Lucky Luciano Fact 17: By know Luciano was controlling much of the prostitution business in Brooklyn and Manhattan and although he and the Commission had put a stop to Schultz’s plans to murder Special Prosecutor Thomas Dewey, Dewey was however in the process of trying to take down the local crime bosses by busting their prostitution rings.
Lucky Luciano Fact 18: A police raid of two hundred brothels was arranged and instead of the women being released they were all taken to court and given bail at ten thousand dollars each, which of course meant they weren’t released. Several of the women implicated Luciano as the top boss and Dewey was preparing to arrest Luciano.
Lucky Luciano Fact 19: He got wind of what was about to happened and fled to Arkansas where he was recognized and a warrant for his arrest there was issued. He was refused bail and stood trial and found guilty of sixty two counts of compulsory prostitution. He was sentenced to 30-50 years in prison on July 18th 1936.
Lucky Luciano Fact 20: As
World War II approached is was
decided that Luciano could
potentially provide information for
the U.S. Navy and a deal was struck
that he would be released and
deported back to Italy at wars end
in exchange for his assistance. He
agreed and on February 10th 1946 he
left the shore of the United States
Lucky Luciano Fact 23: Lucky
Luciano died on January 26th 1962 of
a heart attack aged sixty four
years. He died in Naples, Campania
but his body would be laid to rest
in St John’s Cemetery in Middle
Village, Queens in the United States
with the permission of the U.S.
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