For the first twenty-five years of his criminal career, Charles "Lucky" Luciano was a vicious mobster who rose to become the multimillionaire king of the New York underworld. For the next twenty-five years of his life, Luciano was a legend---but a fake master criminal without real power, his evil reputation manipulated and maintained by the government agents who had put him behind bars. Drawing on secret government documents from archives in the United States and Europe, this myth-busting biography tells the real story from Luciano's early days as a top hit man for the Mob to his exploits running sex and narcotics empires. His criminal career abruptly ended with conviction and imprisonment, but his reputation was only enhanced by rumors that he was winning World War II for the Allies in Sicily and the Mediterranean. Now, for the first time, author Tim Newark exposes the truth about what Luciano really did do to help the Allies in the war. With his expulsion from the United States after the war ended, Luciano returned to Italy. He was reputed to have overseen a massive transatlantic narcotics network and became the arch-villain for international law enforcement agencies. But Newark reveals how Luciano really spent his twilight years. Lucky Luciano: The Real and the Fake Gangster turns accepted Mafia history on its head with an extraordinary story that has never been told before.
Charley “Lucky” Luciano was instrumental to the development of the American Mafia and supervised the attempt to dominate prostitution in New York City. Not surprisingly, he has been the subject of numerous biographies, exposés, and various works of urban folklore since his death in 1962. This book takes scholarship on Luciano to a new level, using fresh research on the investigation, arrest, and conviction of Lucky Luciano to delve deep into the sexual and criminal underworld of New York City. Topics include the complex structure of the New York City bordellos and the takeover that resulted in Luciano’s 1936 arrest; his considerable role in the expansion of the international heroin trade; and the shocking attempt to sexually frame a member of prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey’s staff in a desperate bid to overturn Luciano’s conviction.
Charles 'Lucky' Luciano was a vicious mobster who rose to become the multimillionaire king of the New York underworld. He was a legend - but also a fake master criminal without real power, his reputation manipulated and maintained by the government agents who had put him behind bars. Drawing on secret government documents from archives in America and Europe, this myth-busting biography tells Luciano's real story, from his early days as a top hit man for the mob to his exploits running sex and narcotics empires and revelations about his trip to Nazi Germany to set up a drugs importing racket. His career abruptly halted by imprisonment, Luciano's reputation was enhanced by rumours that he was helping to win the Second World War for the Allies in Sicily and the Mediterranean. Through painstaking research, Newark exposes the truth about what Luciano really did during the war. Expelled from the US in 1946, Luciano returned to Italy, where he was reputed to head a massive transatlantic narcotics network. In a complex conspiracy, he became a victim of the far greater powers around him, and Newark provides evidence that, at one time, he was even working as a Cold War agent, helping the US government fight Communism in Sicily. Lucky Luciano: Mafia Murderer and Secret Agent turns accepted Mafia history on its head with an extraordinary story that has never been told before.
Charles 'Lucky' Luciano is one of the most researched, discussed and dissected American mobsters of all time. His name has become synonymous with NY City's high drama gangland days of prohibition bootlegging, the information of the infamous five families, and controversy over his alleged Last Testament. However, there exists many fascinating and lurid tales and theories regarding Lucky's rise and fall from the mobs top spot.
"This novel is based on certain experiences I had while working as a newspaperman in New York, back in the days when Tom Dewey was smashing the Luciano mob. Names and dates have been changed to protect the innocent, but the essential facts are all here. The anonymous call-girl in this story is actually a composite figure. The incidents in her life are founded on facts related to me by principals in the Luciano trial, and include inside details not brought out in the courtroom. Certain scenes result from my own eye witness observations. I came to know the circumstances which lead girls into the grip of the Vice Syndicate--the upbringing, the family situation, the psychological problems, the economic factors. All the things that cry out for sympathetic assistance. It is my firm belief that an understanding of why certain girls 'go wrong' can help to eliminate these evil conditions from our society. It is my great hope, in telling this story, to further that understanding"--"A note to the reader" (page ).
CHARLES “LUCKY” LUCIANO was an Organization Man with a difference. The organization he belonged to was The Mafia—a natural setup for a vicious thug with unlimited ambition and a heart of ice. Murder by murder, rape by rape, he established the biggest chair of brothels ever seen in New York. Everything—everyone—he touched turned rotten. He knew he had it made when he had more cops on his payroll prostitutes. Pal of Al Capone, Frank Costello Buggsy Siegel, Albert Anastasia, Lucky became the absolute ruler of a private empire built on vice, corruption and murder. This is the Lucky Luciano story—brutal, shocking, with nothing left out.
Looks at Thomas E. Dewey's case against "Charlie Lucky" Luciano and his Depression era prostitution ring, including coverage and rare photographs of the prostitutes who appeared as material witnesses.
Lucky Luciano - The Father of Modern Organized Crime is the biography of Lucky Luciano, who was a prominent Sicilian-American mobster. Luciano is considered the father of modern organized crime and the mastermind of the massive postwar expansion of the international heroin trade. He is the first official boss of the modern Genovese crime family. Luciano elevated his most trusted and loyal family members to high-level positions in the Luciano crime family. Even today Luciano is recognized as the biggest gangster ever and one of the most influential criminals in world history due to his direct participation in major criminal conspiracies like the establishment of Cosa Nostra in the United States and the importation of heroin during his exile in Italy. Lucky Luciano - The Father of Modern Organized Crime is highly recommended for those interested in the history and story of Lucky Luciano and organized crime in America.
*Includes pictures of Lucky and other important people in his life. *Explains Lucky's relationships with other notorious gangsters of his era, including Gambino, Genovese, and Bugsy Siegel. *Includes some of Lucky's most colorful quotes and newspaper articles reporting his most famous hits. *Explains the connection between Lucky Luciano and Mario Puzo's The Godfather. *Includes a Bibliography for further reading. "He was born and died in Italy, yet the influence on America of a grubby street urchin named Salvatore Lucania ranged from the lights of Broadway to every level of law enforcement, from national politics to the world economy. First, he reinvented himself as Charles ("Lucky") Luciano. Then he reinvented the Mafia. His story was Horatio Alger with a gun, an ice pick and a dark vision of Big Business." - Edna Buchanan, Time Magazine The Mafia has long fascinated Americans, who have made celebrated pop culture fixtures out of men like Al Capone and turned movies and television series like The Godfather and The Sopranos into American institutions despite the violence associated with organized crime. Of all the notorious mobsters of the 20th century, the one most instrumental in putting the organization into organized crime and thus establishing the Mafia as it's recognized today was Lucky Luciano. The man who would become the Father of Organized Crime in the United States was born Salvatore Lucania in Sicily, but he would quickly make a name for himself after his family moved to New York City when he was still a child. By his teenage years, he was running the streets, organizing his own teenage gang, and moving in circles with the likes of Meyer Lansky, who would become key figures in Lucky's rise to power. Like so many young adults of his time, Lucky's participation in the criminal underworld began in earnest during Prohibition, and he was ambitious from the beginning. Lucky networked with other young mobsters, all of whom became known as the Young Turks, and when Lucky eliminated bosses Giuseppe Masseria and Salvatore Maranzano in 1931, he had reached the top of organized crime in New York. From the top, Luciano would implement the organizations and mob rackets that are so familiar to Americans today. In addition to having the New York scene divided into the Five Families, Luciano established The Commission to discuss and govern organized crime across the country, and dipped his toes into every conceivable racket, including gambling, bookmaking, loan-sharking, drug trafficking, unions, labor, construction and extortion. Eventually Lucky would run out of luck. After being arrested dozens of times over a 20 year period, Luciano was imprisoned in the mid-'30s, and a decade later he would be deported back to Italy. Nevertheless, Lucky continued to try to fight for control of organized crime in New York from his jail cell, Italy, and Cuba, staying in the game until the very end. American Gangsters: The Life and Legacy of Lucky Luciano looks at the life and crime of the mob boss, his influence on organized crime, and his legacy. Along with pictures of Luciano and important people, places, and events in his life, you will learn about the father of organized crime like you never have before, in no time at all.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 22. Chapters: Frank Costello, Joe Masseria, Lucky Luciano, Philip Lombardo, Vincent Gigante, Vito Genovese. Excerpt: Charles "Lucky" Luciano (pronounced; born Salvatore Lucania November 24, 1897 - January 26, 1962), was an Italian-born, naturalized American mobster born in Sicily. Luciano is considered the father of modern organized crime in the United States for splitting New York City into five different Mafia crime families and the establishment of the first Commission. He was the first official boss of the modern Genovese crime family. He was, along with his associate Meyer Lansky, instrumental in the development of the National Crime Syndicate in the United States. Salvatore Lucania was born on November 24, 1897 in Lercara Friddi, Sicily. Luciano's parents, Antonio and Rosalia Lucania, had four other children: Bartolomeo (born 1890), Giuseppe (born 1898), Filippia (born 1901), and Concetta. Luciano's father worked in a sulfur mine in Sicily. When Luciano was 10 years old (1907), the family migrated to the United States. They settled in New York City on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a popular destination for Italian immigrants. At age 14, Luciano dropped out of school and started working as a shipping clerk, earning $5 per week. However, after winning $244 in a dice game, Luciano quit his job and went to earning money on the street. That same year, Luciano's parents sent him to the Brooklyn Truant School. While a teenager, Luciano started his own gang. Unlike other street gangs whose business was petty crime, Luciano offered protection to Jewish youngsters from Italian and Irish gangs for ten cents per week. It was during this time Luciano met Jewish teenager Meyer Lansky, his future business partner. It is not clear how Luciano earned the nickname "Lucky." It may have come from surviving a severe beating by three men...
Sweeping in scope and arrestingly detailed, this colorful social history portrays America's complex relationship with drugs, from the genteel opium addiction of the early 19th century to the violent, desperate street use of crack today. Inluces eight pages of photos.
"645 pages of files copied from FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and archived on CD-ROM, covering Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Files contains approximately 350 informational pages made up of memos written by FBI agents, informant accounts, miscellany, and newspaper articles. Most material covers the late 1940's and early 1950's. The infamous gangster, Charles Luciano was nicknamed "Lucky" after surviving a gangland "ride" in 1929, in which he was beaten, stabbed repeatedly with an ice pick, had his throat slashed, was thrown from a car and left for dead. He had an extensive arrest record and in June, 1936, Luciano was convicted on 62 of 90 counts of compulsory prostitution and was sentenced to 30 to 50 years imprisonment. He was paroled in 1946 on the condition that he would be deported to his native Italy. During the remainder of his life, the FBI received allegations from time to time that Luciano continued to direct criminal activities in the United States from his place of exile. He suffered a fatal heart attack in Italy in 1962"--Http://www.paperlessarchives.com/luciano.html.
First in its Lucky Luciano field. This book is your ultimate resource for Lucky Luciano. Here you will find the most up-to-date 177 Success Facts, Information, and much more. In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about Lucky Luciano's Early life, Career and Personal life right away. A quick look inside: Frank Sinatra - Alleged organized-crime links, Five Families - Mafia boss succession, Tommy Lucchese - Underboss to Gagliano, American Mafia - Prohibition era, Bill Graham (promoter) - Personal life, Hot Springs, Arkansas - Notable people, Lucky Luciano, Bonanno crime family - Castellammarese War, The Cotton Club (film) - Cast, Murder, Inc. - In popular culture, Anthony Salerno - Life, Lucky Luciano (rapper), Harry Greenberg, The Witness (TV series) - Episodes/stars/air dates, Mobsters (movie), Tammany Hall - In the 20th century, Albert Anastasia - Rise to power, Joe Masseria - Morello leadership, The Commission (mafia) - The Commission's formation, Salvatore Maranzano, Vincent Gigante - Costello murder attempt, Dope House Records - Discography, Peter Morello - Fall and return, Vincent Mangano - Feud with Anastasia, Johnny Dio - Childhood and early criminal career, Vincent Coll - Failed hit, 1940 Republican National Convention - The race, Grand Hotel des Palmes Mafia meeting 1957 - No first-hand accounts, Genovese crime family - Underboss (official and acting), Vincent Piazza - Life and career, Dutch Schultz - Schultz's lost treasure, Stephanie St. Clair - Mafia involvement, Vincent Mangano - Vince as head of the Gambino family, The Commission (mafia) - Chairman of the Commission, Peter Morello - Castellammarese War and death, and much more...
Discusses the rise of the American gangster including six famous gangsters: Al Capone, "Lucky" Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, Sam Giancana, and John Gotti.