Mob in NYC. Lucky Luciano on A Inspiring TV Show By AMC. Who Was the Father of Modern Organized Crime in US?
The Making of the Mob is an eight-part American TV miniseries based on infamous New York gangster Lucky Luciano and his rise in the NYC crime mob. It is produced by Stephen David and it premiered on June 15, 2015, on AMC.
“From the chaos of the New York City streets, rises a legion of visionary gangsters. Vicious killers and criminal geniuses determined to create their own version of the American Dream. Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, Vito Genovese and Frank Costello form alliances and revolutionize the underworld.” Making of The Mob (AMC).
Then, who was Lucky Luciano?
Charles “Lucky” Luciano was born on November 24, 1897 in Lercara Friddi, Sicily, Italy, and died on January 26, 1962. He died of a heart attack at Naples International Airport. He had gone to the airport to meet with American producer Martin Gosch about a film based on his life.
In 1998, Time magazine characterized Luciano as the “criminal mastermind” among the top 20 most influential builders and titans of the 20th century. In fact, he is considered the father of modern organized crime in the United States for the establishment of the first Commission. He was, along with his associate Meyer Lansky, influential in the development of the National Crime Syndicate in the United States.
As a teenager, Luciano started his own gang and was a member of the old Five Points Gang, in Lower East Side, NYC. He offered protection to Jewish youngsters from Italian and Irish gangs for 10 cents per week. By 1925, Luciano was grossing over $12 million a year thanks to the events after Prohibition.
Luciano soon began cultivating ties with other younger mobsters who had been born in Italy, but started their criminal careers in NYC (the Young Turks.) Luciano’s vision was to form a national crime syndicate in which the Italian, Jewish, and Irish gangs could pool their resources and make lucrative business for all.
Luciano abolished the title of capo di tutti i capi or “boss of all bosses.” He preferred the title of “made-man”, or an amico nostro, but he kept the five crime families that the old mobster Maranzano had instituted.
On May 13, 1936, he was accused of being part of a massive prostitution ring known as “the Combination”. On July 18, 1936, Luciano was sentenced to 30 to 50 years in state prison.
However during World War II, The Navy, the State of New York and Luciano eventually concluded a deal. In exchange for a commutation of his sentence, Luciano promised the complete assistance of his organization in preparation for the 1943 allied invasion of Sicily. Luciano would provide the US. military with Mafia contacts in Sicily.
On February 10, 1946, Luciano’s ship sailed from Brooklyn harbor for Italy. This was the last time he would see the United States.
In October 1946, Luciano secretly moved to Havana, Cuba. The U.S. started putting pressure on the Cuban government to expel him. He spent the rest of his life in Italy under tight police surveillance.