Born to the name Salvatore Luciana on November 24, 1897 in Lercardia Friddi, Sicily, the third child in the Luciana family, little Charles had a penchant for hanging around older kids that contributed to his mischievous behavior. The Lucianas set out for a better life in the great land of America in 1906, where they soon found it to be not so great. He logged his first arrest just a few months after his arrival for shoplifting in 1907, and started his first racket during that same year. For a penny or two a day, he offered younger and smaller Jewish children his personal protection against beatings on the way to school; if they didn't pay, he beat them up. One runty boy, Meyer Lansky, refused to pay, so he and Luciano fought. It amazed Luciano... [continues]
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