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The Prime Minister Began From The Slums, But Found Himself Heading The Luciano Crime Family

The Prime Minister Began From The Slums, But Found Himself Heading The Luciano Crime Family

'The Prime Minister' had humble beginnings in the slums, but went on to lead the Luciano crime family. He assumed the mantle in 1936 soon  after Lucky Luciano went to jail. Castello headed the league till 1957.
He took up trade in liquor and gambling soon after landing in the US like many of his contemporaries. He eventually had a firm grip on the Democratic Party and eventually politics in New York fell under his purview.
In his early days in New York City, young Frank was acquainted with crime in the form of an Italian gang, 104th Street Gang. Eventually, Frank Castello went on to  lead the gang.

 But Frank Castello wanted to be considered a gentleman. He wanted to enjoy the authority of a respected businessman rather than the head of a criminal mafia. But he had to adorn the mantle of the head of the Luciano family when Lucky Luciano had to serve a jail sentence in 1936.

His aspirations of leading an honorable life ended when he was declared the no. 1 racketeer in the country in 1952. The words of   Senator Estes Kefauver were enough to taint his name. Eventually, he found himself behind bars for tax evasion.

 

He served another four years in jail soon after for contempt of a grand jury. He remained at the helm of affairs in the mafia till he died in 1973 from the time he was released from jail in 1961. After being released from jail, he retired to an estate he owned. But death came creeping in the form of a heart attack when he was 82 years old. He died in New York City.

 

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