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Lucky Luciano, American Crime's "Boss Of All Bosses", Who Rose From The Streets Of The Lower East Side Of Manhattan To Become The Founder And Leader Of "The Commission", The Governing Body Of The Italian-American Mafia, Organized Crime's National Syndicate To Whom All American Crime Families Owe Allegiance Up Until The Present Day, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD! (Color, 1996, 48 Minutes.)
Lucky Luciano, Italian-born American gangster, crime boss and mob boss who operated mainly in the United States, considered the father of modern organized crime in the United States for the establishment of The Commission in 1931, after he abolished the boss of bosses title held by Salvatore Maranzano following the Castellammarese War, first official boss of the modern Genovese crime family (November 24, 1897 - January 26, 1962) was born Salvatore Lucania in Lercara Friddi, Sicily, Italy, Charles "Lucky" Luciano started his criminal career in the Five Points gang and was instrumental in the development of the National Crime Syndicate, the multi-ethnic confederation of the Italian-American Mafia and the Jewish mob, along with the Irish Mob and African-American organized crime groups. Murder, Inc., the enforcement arm of the National Crime Syndicate, committed hundreds of murders on their behalf during the 1930s and 1940s. In 1936, Luciano was tried and convicted for compulsory prostitution and running a prostitution racket after years of investigation by District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey. He was sentenced to 30 to 50 years in prison, but during World War II an agreement was struck with the Department of the Navy through his associate Meyer Lansky to prevent sabotage at the Brooklyn Navy Yards, to help the Allies successfully invade and occupy Sicily, and to provide naval intelligence. In 1946, for his alleged wartime cooperation, his sentence was commuted on the condition that he be deported to Italy. He continued to operate as "Capo Di Tutti I Capi" (Boss Of All Bosses) of the commission, and masterminded and controlled the opium trade into the United States, even managing to enter Cuba to conduct his affairs before being forced back to Italy. Lucky Luciano died of a heart attack at Naples International Airport as he walked up the steps of the ramp leading to the plane he was about to board. He had gone to the airport to meet with American producer Martin Gosch about a film based on his life. To avoid antagonizing other Mafia members, Luciano had previously refused to authorize a film, but reportedly relented after the death of his longtime lover, Igea Lissoni. After the meeting with Gosch, Luciano had a heart attack and died. He was unaware that Italian drug agents had followed him to the airport in anticipation of arresting him on drug smuggling charges. He was also unaware that there was a mob plot to assassinate him, using a toxin obtained from American intelligence operatives that would induce a heart attack, in response to Luciano's support for the film biography. Three days later, 300 people attended a funeral service for Luciano in Naples. His body was conveyed along the streets of Naples in a horse-drawn black hearse. With the permission of the US government, Luciano's relatives took his body back to New York for burial. He was buried in St. John's Cemetery in Middle Village, Queens. More than 2,000 mourners attended his funeral. Crime boss Carlo Gambino, Luciano's life-long friend, gave his eulogy.