These are the chilling portraits of America’s most famous gangsters into a new “colourised” photos. The startling pictures have been published to mark the 120th anniversary of the birth of mobster Charles ‘Lucky’ Lucciano’. Striking pictures from the collection show popular Al Capone, nicknamed Scarface, at the Chicago Detective agency following his capture in 1930. Different pictures see Lucky Lucciano reading a newspaper and having tea with one of his dogs in 1955 after his extradition to Naples.
Al ‘Scarface’ Capone
The popular face in the rogue’s gallery is Al ‘Scarface Capone. He was the cruel leader of the Chicago crime syndicate, and was charged with the execution of seven men in the St Valentines Day Massacre. Finally captured for tax evasion and caught in 1933. He was discharged in 1939 and kicked the bucket at his home in 1947.
Charles ‘Lucky’ Lucciano
Lucciano was named as the father of modern organized crime after setting up”The Syndicate” in 1931, which united each of the five leaders of American criminal families in New York. Arrested in 1937, Lucciano coordinated with the American government because of his Italian associations amid the Second World War, with his sentence being driven in 1946 on the condition he didn’t avoid eviction to Italy. He kicked the bucket in 1962.
Savage Dillinger was known as “Jackrabbit” and is a renowned 1920s mobster believed to be in charge of raids on 24 banks and four police headquarters. He was praised by the media as a Robin Hood sort figure amid his chance on the run and he got away jail twice. His luck ran out when he was killed in 1934 in a shootout with police.
George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly
Kelly was a prohibition period criminal who worked out of Tennessee and picked up his name from his weapon of choice. He and his pack were most celebrated for the kidnap of oil investor and businessman Charles Urschel in July 1933 for which he, and his group, got $200,000 payment. Click on the next page to see more terrible gangsters.
Cohen – referred to all as “Micky” – was the leader of the Los Angeles-based Cohen crime family which led the city with a pole of iron in the 1940s. The Ukrainian outsider was known to have close connections to the Italian American crime families in the Mafia. The former boxer profited by operating illegal gambling dens.
Meyer Lansky was a very influential figure in the Jewish American and Italian American crime groups. He was known as the ‘Mob’s Accountant’ however never served time for his activities. He died at the age of 80 in 1983. The character Hyman Roth in The Godfather film based on Lansky. Click on the next page to see more cold-blooded gangsters.
Burly Gallo is known as “Crazy Joe” and “Joe the Blond” was a New York-based criminal in the extremely dreaded Profaci crime family who began the Columbo wars, one of the bloodiest clashes in organized crime history. Joe has killed himself because of the “war”. He ran high-stakes card games and theft rackets.
He was named as a “Gentleman Bandit” led an early prohibition-era gang from 1919 to his death in 1926, when was executed because of his crimes. Champman was titled as a “Public Enemy Number One” by the media. He proclaimed his innocence to the end, asking in his final appeal for “justice, not mercy”.