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Giancana, Sam (24 May 1908–19 June 1975), crime syndicate boss, was born Salvatore Giangana in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Antonino Giangana, a fruit peddler, and Antonia DeSimone. Giancana grew up in the tough ethnic ghetto called The Patch in Chicago’s Near West Side during the period when legendary gangster ...

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Sam Giancana Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-114633).

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Dutch Schultz Waiting for the verdict in one of the income tax cases against him, 1935. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-111442).

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Schultz, Dutch (06 August 1902–24 October 1935), gangster and underworld entrepreneur, was born Arthur Flegenheimer in the Bronx, New York City, the son of Herman Flegenheimer, a glazier and baker, and Emma Neu. Before the boy completed the sixth grade, his father either deserted the family or died. Arthur’s mother then took in laundry to support the family, and he quit school to sell newspapers, run errands, and work as an office boy, printer’s apprentice, and roofer. While he proudly retained his roofers’ union card as evidence of his working-class respectability, he was pulled into the gang world of the Bronx slums. In 1919 he was convicted on a burglary charge and was sent to a reformatory for fifteen months. This police record, plus his cultivation of a reputation as a hardened tough, led to his calling himself Dutch Schultz, the name of a well-known former street brawler in the area....

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Siegel, Bugsy (1906–20 June 1947), gangster, was born Benjamin Siegel in Brooklyn, New York, the son of parents whose lives remain obscure. As a youth Siegel joined one of the many gangs that were so common on New York’s Lower East Side in the early years of the twentieth century. His volatile personality, which combined intelligence with charm, generosity, irrational rages, and violent behavior, earned him his nickname of “Bugsy” early in life....