Lucky Luciano

A classic rags-to-riches with a twist, Salvatore "Lucky" Luciano was a Sicilian immigrant who climbed the ladder of career criminal to the top, building a national empire.
A classic rags-to-riches with a twist, Salvatore “Lucky” Luciano was a Sicilian immigrant who climbed the ladder of career criminal to the top, building a national empire.

At the end of a long, hard day in New York City, men and women from all races, countries, and classes treated themselves to a well-earned drink at their local bar. When all the bars shut down in January of 1920, all these people had no where to go, and more importantly, no where to spend their hard earned cash. It wasn’t long before innovative “Entrepreneurs” like Salvatore Luciano to fill the growing demand for an evening retreat. “Lucky” Luciano’s story is different from these other rum-peddlers, because Lucky had his sights set on the top and a plan to get him there. Lucky started off small, helping to run a bootlegging operation on the East Coast. Lucky wasn’t “Lucky” yet though, he was known as Sal up until he was found washed up on a beach in Staten Island having been beaten and stabbed, but still alive. He made a full recovery, minus his signature scars, and got revenge against the mob boss that ordered the hit in the first place. Lucky took his place as head of the Masseria crime family, and partnered up with the Marazano family. In the mob’s line of work though, it’s only a matter of weeks before you’re having your “friends” shot up in their office. Which, as luck would have it, happened to Salvatore Marazano when Luciano had a hit put on him. With the competition out of the way, Luciano began to unite the various gangs and crime families under his banner. He would tie in with crime lords all over the nation, including Al Capone of Chicago. Under Lucky Luciano, New York crime went international, and Prohibition was just a word.

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