Salvatore “Charles Lucky” Luciano was born on November 11, either in 1896 or 1897 as he contended at one of his trials, near Palmero, Sicily. He and his family migrated to the US when he was 9 years old (United Press International). Soon after coming here he dropped out of school and then got an “honest job” as a sales clerk. By this time he already had a reputation as a knife fighter and had served 6 months in jail for dealing opium. Once he was released, he joined the Five Points Gang (Walker 152).
His criminal career “spurted when he became an associate of Giuseppe (Joe the Boss) Masseria, who headed the mafia” (United Press International). During his time as an associate he controlled brothels and a prohibition business that paid money to Masseria. Luciano always...
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