Lucky Luciano

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Charles "Lucky" Luciano (born Salvatore Lucania; November 24, 1897 – January 26, 1962[1]) was an Italian mobster born in Sicily. Luciano is considered the father of modern organized crime in America 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.


Early life

Salvatore Lucania was born on 24 November 1896 in Lercara Friddi, Sicily,[2] a town primarily known for its sulfur mines. His parents, Antonio and Rosalia Lucania, had four other children: Bartolomeo (born 1890), Giuseppe (born 1898), Filippia (born 1901), and Concetta (born 1903).

When Salvatore was 10 years old (1906), the family emigrated to the United States.[3] They settled in New York City, a common destination for Sicilian immigrants at that time.[4]

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