Vito Genovese graduated in 1931 from a Lower East Side gangster to Charlie "Lucky" Luciano's underboss. Years later he became "Don Vito" of the clan, making him the most powerful mob boss in the Genovese family.
Charles “Lucky” Luciano infamous gangster considered the “father of mordern organized crime in the US”. Born in Sicily, Luciano moved to the US and began his rise during Prohibition. He later became one of the most powerful men in the mob.
An affiliate of the notorious Murder Inc. syndicate, Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter died in New York's electric chair in March 1944 (he had been convicted of two murders). Buchalter is pictured here in his prison blues.
"Bruno Richard Hauptmann (November 1899 – April was a German ex-convict sentenced to death for the abduction and murder of the son of Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The Lindbergh kidnapping became known as "The Crime of the Century.
Albert Anastasia (pronounced ah-nah-STAH-zee-ah) (born Umberto Anastasio, September 1902 – October was one of the most ruthless and feared Cosa Nostra mobsters in American history. A founder of the American Mafia, Anastasia ran Murder, Inc.
Lucky Luciano and Al Capone.
Eliot Ness, born in Chicago on April 19, 1903, was an American Prohibition agent, famous for his efforts to enforce Prohibition in Chicago. He was the leader of a legendary team of law enforcement agents nicknamed The Untouchables. Ness brought down the notorious gangster Al Capone by targeting the illegal breweries and supply routes used by him.