The Mafia's Greatest Hits...and the FBI files which tell the true stories behind them.
Man of Steel and Heroin Galante was the person who took the Mafia into heroin, so when he was sentenced to twelve years behind bars the authorities thought they had got rid of a bad one, but they were wrong. Once in jail Galante mused on the heroin business and decided he would be the Mobs first drug lord and use to profits to seize control of the Bonnano crime family. His timing was perfect, he came out of prison as American entered the 70's and heroin was becoming the drug of choice in New York's vast housing estates. He dealt direct with the Sicilian Mob for importing the drug and devised pizza parlours to distribute the gear. His wealth began to draw envious glances from other mobsters and his killing by masked gunmen as he tucked into a fish lunch is the most famous of all the Mafias greatest hits.
Charles 'Lucky' Luciano "Lucky" Luciano was the man who put "organised" into organised crime. A visionary as well as a killer, the Mafia went from an unruly collection of warring gangs into a "crime corporation" under his influence. He began as a low level hoodlum - making hits, bootlegging and running prostitutes, but Luciano's dream was to become really rich. The Mafia needed to copy methods of legitimate business so he corralled the other New York mobsters into setting up "The Commission" - the Mafias board of management that bought an end to the violent anarchy that had plagued the Mob since the early days. Thanks to the influence of the Commission, the Mob started to buy control of politicians and judges therefore becoming untouchable. The man who bought Luciano down was Thomas Dewey - New York Attorney General, a man on the make with huge political ambitions. It seemed to end in a classic court room trial with Luciano being sent to prison for up to 50 years, but when WWII broke out; the US Government found it needed Luciano's help.