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FRANK NITTI, top Chicago gangster in the 1930's - mentor of Saul Alinsky. Nitti was impressed with Alinsky and hired him to serve as a bookkeeper and office boy and placed him on a regular salary. From his inside position, Alinsky was able to learn lessons in extortion techniques that he would later employ in organizing in Chicago’s Woodlawn and the Back of the Yards neighborhoods.
Tommy Luchese. Lucchese junto con Charlie "Lucky" Luciano, formaron la pandilla de la Calle 107. Los miembros de la banda robó las carteras, las tiendas robado y otros crimenes La pandilla de la Calle 107a opera bajo la protección de la familia jefe Gaetano "Tom" Reina. Sus viejos amigos Charlie Luciano, Frank Costello y Meyer Lansky se habían convertido en socios del gángster judío Arnold "The Brain" Rothstein vender alcohol de contrabando.
Gambino soldier Gaetano Altamura aka Tommy aka The Enforcer (1913-1967). The imposing Miami-based Gambino Family mobster that was known to hobnob with celebrities and millionaires around the ritzy North Bay Village neighborhood was killed on Halloween night 1967, shot in the back of the head at the Harbor Lounge. Altamura had been feuding with fellow South Florida mob figure, Anthony “Big Tony” Esperti, a boxer turned gangster. Esperti got life in jail. Courtesy: Avi Bash/OC in Miami book
Lucky Luciano. The Man Who Organzied Crime in America
Written by a top investigative reporter who covered Luciano's trial from beginning to end, Lucky Luciano is a detailed account of Luciano's intriguing life.
Charles Dean O'Banion (July 8, 1892 – November 10, 1924) was an Irish-American mobster who was the main rival of Johnny Torrio and Al Capone during the brutal Chicago bootlegging wars of the 1920s. The newspapers of his day made him better known as Dion O'Banion, although he never went by that first name. He was murdered by members of Capone's outfit. The O'Banion killing sparked a brutal five-year gang war between the North Side Gang and the Chicago Outfit.