FACTS ABOUT LUCKY LUCIANO
- GANGSTER -
We have all heard about this guy, but here are some interesting facts about him.
Charles “Lucky” Luciano, born Salvatore Luciano, was one of Rothstein’s
many protegees, but a fearsome gangster in his own right, often referred to as
the father of modern American organized crime. Born in Sicily, Italy, in 1892,
Lucky and his family migrated to New York when he was 8 years old. When he was
14, he dropped out of school to take up a delivery job but was soon bitten by
the gambling bug. His initial years were spent as a low level but a quickly
rising member of the Five Points Gang under the tutelage of older professionals
like Rothstein, who taught him how to deal with everyone from members of high
society to the lowliest of dealers and loan sharks. So it’s no wonder that he
formed his own gang while he was still in his teens.
He had his fingers in every bowl he could find, from prostitution and gambling to drugs and the protection racket. As his gang and his mercilessness grew, he gained the reputation of wiping out his competition, i.e., other mob bosses, including some of his mentors. The 1930s saw Luciano engaged in a vicious gang war that ended with him at the head of the table. His business ties extended beyond the American subcontinent to Mexico, Cuba, and even Italy. Despite facing numerous prosecution charges, Luciano never let go of his power and his thirst for it. Even during his brief stints in prison, he maintained control of his organization. Both his career and his life ended when he was 70, with a heart attack.
Clancy's comment: Mm ... poor old Lucky died of a heart attack. There ya go.