Little Man

Time for a new catch. We faced a kind of mass murder here in Germany some time ago, six blokes were shot outside a pizzeria. It has to do with the calabrian branch of organized crime (OC), a family feud. In older times this existed in the american branch of OC too, but then some younger blokes came up and changed the “mustache-pete-organization” and made it a business.
Mr. Lucania, Mr. Costello, Mr. Bonanno – to name just a few, randomly – and some others did what had to be done.
Lucania was a talented young man, who learned his trade from Rothstein – a very underestimated old-timer. He died from a heart-attack on an Italian airport as he was on his way back to the USA 1962.
A remarkable man, who made corruption a fine art, is Frank Costello. He really knew anything about man’s weakness and how to use it. His most powerful weapon was a cheque-book. A cunning strategist. He died in bed 1973.
Joseph Bonanno was the last “real” capo. He let his own family for decades. He held tradition up, saw himself as a true oumo di honore and wrote a stunning autobiography. For short articles on these men look for example on this site – I think it is no longer maintained.

And there was a little man, who perhaps was the greatest of them all … Meyer Lansky was an entrepreneur, his business was gambling. He was good with numbers. He knew some big guys, big guys knew him – and he was trusted: His capital was his honesty. He never killed a man. If a student wants to learn something about the real meaning of the word “auctoritas“, he should study the life and times of Meyer Lansky. A true sign of authority is, when people listen. And that is, what Lucania told his men: Listen to him.

The catch of the week is the Meyer Lansky Memorabilia Museum. The site is a little tricky to navigate, but there are pictures, texts, even films that show Meyer and Teddy Lansky on various occasions.
He died 1983 from cancer.