By Martin A. Gosch
Lucky Luciano's posthumous memoirs may possibly have price him his existence. The accomplice of Meyer Lanksy and Bugsy Siegel, the fellow who created and regulated the "Commission" and the set down the principles, desired to have his facet of the tale on list. It seems that almost all of Luciano's criminality coincides with the background of the Mafia in the USA within the first half the 20 th century and beyond.
In training for a movie of his existence tale, the well-known big apple gangster residing in a golden exile in Naples stated the most incidents of his lifestyles to manufacturer Martin A. Gosch. again within the usa, the recent leaders of the Mafia weren't happy in regards to the venture that had virtually reached crowning glory and was once able to be changed into a screenplay. it's nearly sure that their displeasure used to be communicated to "Charlie fortunate" with a touch to ignore the assumption altogether. yet Luciano went forward besides, pressured by way of the necessity to inform all and indirectly supply an explanation...
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Everybody, that is, but my old man. ” It was not long before the neighborhood became too small to contain Lucania and his friends. It was too poor; even the most successful job earned only a few dollars. And there was competition for those few loose dollars. There was the multitude of other young gangs. And there were the neighborhood branches of the old secret societies, the Mafia and the Camorra and the rest, brought over from the old country and terrorizing the immigrants who could not escape them, bleeding the neighborhood of everything beyond mere subsistence.
So the war in Europe come at a bad time; for the first time, things was goin’ great for me and my gang needed me a helluva lot more’n Uncle Sam. So we had a meet to figure out how to fix up my draft status. ’ ” Everybody thought that was a great joke, but when Siegel started callin’ me ‘Black Jack Lucania’ I stopped them jokes. But it was Siegel who come up with the idea that kept me out of the army. He was just a punk kid, not even fourteen, but he knew more about broads than all of the rest of us put together.
But there was no need to be what he saw as a crumb. He was in demand, a more prestigious leader of a street gang with a term in prison behind him. He had gone to school there, learning the technique of bigger and more successful jobs, had begun to practice them and so was attracting the attention of the older gangsters in Little Italy, who began to approach him with offers to join their gangs. Occasionally he went with them on jobs, but the relationship was never close and he never considered himself a member of another group.