Albert Anastasia (pronounced ah-nah-STAH-zee-ah) (born Umberto Anastasio, September 1902 – October was one of the most ruthless and feared Cosa Nostra mobsters in American history. A founder of the American Mafia, Anastasia ran Murder, Inc.
Albert Anastasia was born on September 26, 1902, in Tropea, Italy. After becoming a hitman at a young age, he became one of the most powerful crime bosses of the 20th century. He helped run the deadly organization known as Murder Inc. and headed up what later became known as the Gambino crime family. In 1957, Anastasi was brutally shot to death in New York City by two masked men under the orders of his underboss, Carlo Gambino.
Meyer Lansky (center) jokes with a detective at the West 54th Street Police Station. He is being questioned about the Albert Anastasia killing.
Albert Anastasia ran the Gambino crime family after his original boss, Vincent Mangano mysteriously disappeared in Mangano's brother, Phil, was found.murdered that same year. Buy a copy of this Daily News photo here
Albert Anastasia shouldn't have gone to the barber shop in October This picture was on the front page of the San Jose Mercury (a Hearst newspaper). I was the one who walked down to get the newspaper, so I got to read it first.
Phillip Mangano was a Gambino crime family member in New York City and reigned Consigliere for 20 years (1931 - 1951) when his brother, Vincent, was boss. On April 19, 1951, a woman in a fishing boat discovered his body in a marshland area of Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn. Mangano had been shot three times; once in the neck and twice in the face. He was murdered along with his brother on the orders of family underboss Albert Anastasia