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Five Mobsters who Retired in Style!
Crime does NOT pay. Let’
s all go on the record with that. The bad guys always get caught, good alwaystriumphs over evil, and the Santa rewards good kids with presents and bad kids coal. There! Now that
we got that out of the way, let’s imagine that, well… for some crime just MIGHT pay.
Most of the time the road that runs through organized crime ends with a bullet in the tender places. Fora few lucky ones, the true
crime was just as good, if not better, than a 401K. And quitepossibly more legit! Here are a few who got out of the racket while the getting was still relatively good.1)
Nicknamed “Joe Batters” by Al Capone (it’s best not to ask), Tony Accardo went onto save Capone’s life
on at least two occasions. On FBI wire-taps, he once claimed to have been one of the guns in the Saint
Valentine’s Day Massacre.Accardo had a knack for making the mob, Capone’s Outfit
, a lot of money. This earned him a solid andrelatively safe place with the family, and a stable marital life, by mob standards, kept him safe at home.He became a leading figure in the Chicago crime scene and believed in making money quietly andconsistently, while flashier figures got headlines and the attention that came with it.Stepping into the role of the Outfit's Consigliere, Accardo maintained a low profile and eventually retiredto Palm Springs, where he had a number of legal holdings. He continued to
host “sit down” meeting for
the mob until he passed from congestive heart failure at the age of 86.2)
Considered the father of the modern crime family in America, Luciano was responsible for splitting up
the New York Mob into five “families”
as well as the National CrimeSyndicate.There are many stories as to how Luciano inherited his moniker. Some speculated it was because he wasarrested 25 times yet was never convicted of a crime, while others think it because he once had histhroat slit and lived.Luciano made his money during Prohibition and learned to work with Irish and Jewish contemporaries,
while many Italian mobsters wouldn’t
, increasing both his wealth and power. Surviving at least twoattempts on his life, he ascended to power as the leader of the National Crime Syndicate with MeyerLansky as his lieutenant.
In 1936 Luciano’s luck
finally ran out, and he was convicted on 62 counts of compulsory prostitution.Continuing to rule the New York mob from prison, the State of New York, worried about German andItalian agents making their way into the US, negotiated with the Costa Nostra, who controlled thewaterfronts. Part of the negotiations were for Luciano to be moved closer to New York.