Charlie (Lucania) Luciano
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Salvatore (Lucania) Luciano (1897 - 1962)

Salvatore (Charlie) "Lucky" Luciano formerly Lucania
Born in Lercara Friddi, Sicily, Italymap
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Naples, Campania, Italymap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Dec 2015
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Charlie (Lucania) Luciano was a American Spy in World War II.


Charles "Lucky" Luciano was born Salvatore Lucania on November 24, 1897. [1]

He was an Italian mobster in the United States. Luciano is considered the father of modern organized crime in the United States for the establishment of the first Commission. He was for many years the head of the modern Genovese crime family. He was, along with his associate Meyer Lansky, instrumental in the development of the National Crime Syndicate in the United States.

He was also a World War II spy. The FBI put him behind bars in 1936 for running a prostitution ring. Six years later, the U.S. navy began to have problems with sabotage at the New York docks.

The dockworkers were totally under the Mafia’s thumb, though, so they wouldn’t give any information to the authorities. The Navy came to Luciano and recruited him as an informant so he would use his leverage and help them get information. It worked – sabotage stopped – and Luciano was rewarded with his sentence being cut from 50 years to just 10 [2] provided he also agree to deportation to Italy. [3]

After deportation, he arrives in Brazil from Rome in 1946.[4] In 1947, Luciano met Igea Lissoni. She was 26; he was 50. Though they wanted to marry, they apparently did not but lived as though they had. [5]

Luciano does not appear to have any documented offspring and multiple biographies report him as saying he did not want children as he feared they would bear the burden of his reputation as a gangster. [5] [6] [7]

Research Notes

Newark's book mentions a brother Giuseppe who is not mentioned in the 1920 US Census. The accuracy of Newark's book seems questionable at times (i.e. stating Igea died at the age of 36 in October 1958 when all other sources indicate her age at death as 37 and in September 1958). Another possible reference to this brother, Joseph, though, is from the Juniper Berry Magazine.


  1. "Italia, Palermo, Termini Imerese, Stato Civile (Tribunale), 1862-1910," Salvatore Lucania, son of Antonino Lucania and Rosalia Cafarella, born 24 Nov 1897, Lercara Friddi; images, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Lercara Friddi > Nati 1885-1899 > image 2686 of 3100; Tribunale di Termini Imerese (Termini Imerese Court, Termini Imerese).
  2. 10 People You Didn't Know Were Spies, Eye Spy Private Detective Agency Blog, accessed 09Jun2019.
  3. Dewey Commutes Luciano Sentence; Governor Also Ends Jail Terms of Six Other Convicts -- All Will Be Deported, The New York Times, 04Jan1946, p. 25. Accessed 09Jun2019.
  4. "Brasil, Cartões de Imigração, 1900-1965," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 May 2019), Group 2 > 004568729 > image 121 of 204; Arquivo Nacional, Rio de Janeiro (National Archives, Rio de Janeiro).
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Last Testament of Lucky Luciano: The Mafia Story in His Own Words, Martin A Gosch, Richard Hammer, pp. 335-339. (Accessed 09Jun2019. Access the "look inside" and search for "Igea".)
  6. Boardwalk Gangster: The Real Lucky Luciano, Tim Newark, p. 240. (Accessed 09Jun2019.)
  7. There is, however, a public family tree on Ancestry that indicates (unsourced) Luciano and Lissoni married and had a son. Another unsourced public family tree on Ancestry has a note claiming "Lucky" is her great-great-grandfather.

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