Charlie "Lucky" Luciano

Father of Modern Organized Crime
Birth Name:
Salvatore Lucania
Birth Date:
November 24, 1897
Birth Place:
Lercara Friddi, Sicily, Italy
Death Date:
January 26, 1962
Place of Death:
Naples International Airport, Naples, Campania, Italy
Cause of Death:
Heart attack
Cemetery Name:
St. John Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Crime and their Victims
Charles “Lucky” Luciano (born Salvatore Lucania) did more to create the modern American Mafia and the national criminal Syndicate than any other single man. Luciano led a group of young Italian and Jewish mobsters against the older set of so-called “Moustache Petes,” and in the process set the stage for the Mob to grow beyond the limits of bootlegging profits to become, in the words of his friend Meyer Lansky, “bigger than United States Steel.” In 1931, after the assassinations of Joe Masseria and Salvatore Maranzano, In 1931, Luciano and Meyer Lansky established a board known as the national syndicate composed of non-Italian Jewish members. Unlike his predecessors Luciano ran it along more effective business lines, put an end to disruptive gang fighting between the old Sicilian mobsters, and left behind their old-world Catholic prejudices of not working with Jewish gangsters. He died in Italy of a heart attack after being exiled after his prison sentence.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

St. John Cemetery

80-01 Metropolitan Avenue

Middle Village, New York, 11379


North America


Grave Location:

Section 3, Range C, Grave 1

Grave Location Description

Drive past the main entrance at 80th Street and Metropolitan Avenue and continue down Metropolitan Avenue just a short distance and turn left into the cemetery. Drive straight ahead and you will see the Lucania Family mausoleum.

Grave Location GPS

40.7144540204345, -73.865734773346



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