• Short Summary

    RETIRED AMERICAN GANGSTER, CHARLES "LUCKY" LUCIANO, THE "KING" OF NEW YORK VICE IN THE 1920S AND 1930S WAS BURIED IN STYLE IN NAPLES, ITALY, JAN 29TH - THREE DAYS AFTER HE HAD DROPPED DEAD FROM A HEART ATTACK AT NAPLES AIRPORT WHILE MEETING A PRODUCER WHO PLANNED TO MAKE A FILM OF HIS LIFE.

  • Description

    RETIRED AMERICAN GANGSTER, CHARLES "LUCKY" LUCIANO, THE "KING" OF NEW YORK VICE IN THE 1920S AND 1930S WAS BURIED IN STYLE IN NAPLES, ITALY, JAN 29TH - THREE DAYS AFTER HE HAD DROPPED DEAD FROM A HEART ATTACK AT NAPLES AIRPORT WHILE MEETING A PRODUCER WHO PLANNED TO MAKE A FILM OF HIS LIFE.THE SERVICE FOR LUCIANO, WHO WAS BORN IN SICILY 65 YEARS AGO, WAS HELD IN THE HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, NAPLES.BUT IT WAS NOT THE MODEST AFFAIR THE BISHOP HAD ASKED FOR.

    THE COFFIN WAS CARRIED TO THE CHURCH IN A HUGE BLACK CARRIAGE IN CARVED WOOD ADORNED WITH ANGLES AND CROSSES AND DRAWN BY EIGHT BLACK PLUMED HORSES.THE MOURNERS, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF TOUGH-LOOKING ASSOCIATES OF THE DEAD GANGSTER, WALKED IN PROCESSION BEHIND.

    IT WAS AFTER THE CHURCH SERVICE THAT FRIENDS OF LUCIANO BATTLED WITH PHOTOGRAPHERS.A DETECTIVE HAD TO SEPARATE LUCIANO'S FORMER BODYGUARD, GUISEPPE, FROM A CLASH WITH ONE PHOTOGRAPHER.TWO AMERICANS - SAID TO BE AGENTS OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION - IGNORED PROTESTS AND FILMED THE MOURNERS AT THE SERVICE AND AT THE GRAVESIDE AN THE ENGLISH CEMETERY FOUR MILES AWAY AT POGGIOREALE.THE AMERICAN CONSUL IN NAPLES ANNOUNCED THAT IT WOULD BE TWO OR THREE DAYS BEFORE A DECISION WOULD BE GIVEN ON WHETHER LUCIANO WAS ALSO BE BURIED IN AMERICA BESIDE HIS PARENTS.LUCIANO'S BROTHER, BARTOLO, WHO ATTENDED THE FUNERAL HAD MADE THE REQUEST.

    TWENTY-TWO YEARS AGO LUCIANO WAS SENTENCED TO A TERM OF FROM 30 TO 50 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING AND WHITE SLAVING.TEN YEARS LATER HE WAS DEPORTED TO ITALY.BORN IN SICILY, HE WAS THE SON OF A CARPENTER WHO WENT TO AMERICA WITH HIS PARENTS IN 1907.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7V5KPREKY0337ROLMC1W02R0B
    Media URN:
    VLVA7V5KPREKY0337ROLMC1W02R0B
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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