A Sicilian Bedtime Story

Oct 14, 2009 - by Allan May - 0 Comments

Lucky Luciano

Lucky Luciano

Despite what some academics still contend, it's more fable than fact that Lucky Luciano was behind the massacre of mob leaders that became known as the Night of Sicilian Vespers.

by Allan May

I became fascinated by the "Night of Sicilian Vespers" after reading about it in the book Murder, Inc. during the mid-1980s. I repeated the story to friends at work, speaking like an authority and explaining how the Mafia didn’t exist anymore because it was wiped out back in 1931 on the day that Salvatore Maranzano, the Boss of Bosses, the "capo de tutti capo," was murdered in his Park Avenue office. September 10, 1931 was the day of "The Americanization of the Mobs."

Over the years though I became curious. Who were the 40 individuals who perished in one night of butchery? After all, look at the attention the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre generated, and that was only seven people.

*********** Please subscribe to Crime Magazine to view all content. **********

Subscription Options:

Yearly Subscription $29.99 Automatically renews until you cancel.

90-Day Subscription $9.99 Does not automatically renew.

Monthly Subscription $2.99 Automatically renews until you cancel.

Gift Subscriptions:

Gift 90-Day Subscription $9.99 Does not automatically renew.

Gift Yearly Subscription $29.99 Does not automatically renew.

Gift 2 year Subscription $49.99 Does not automatically renew.

Gift 3 year Subscription $69.99 Does not automatically renew.

Bulk Subscriptions:

Discount option for schools, groups and other institutions. Inquire here for bulk subscriptions. 

Please note that Crime Magazine is an Internet only publication and is not mailed to subscribers

Total views: 19204