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On April, 15, 1931, Joe "The Boss" Masseria was gunned down in the Nuovo Volla Tammaro Italian restaurant in Coney Island. He was having lunch with his second-in-command, Lucky Luciano, when Luciano excused himself and went to the men's room. Suddenly, four gunman, led by Bugsy Siegel, burst into the restaurant and filled Masseria with lead. When the police arrived Luciano said he didn't see a thing, which was the truth, even though it was Luciano who set up the Masseria hit.
Salvatore Maranzano (July 31, 1886 – September 10, 1931) was an organized crime figure from the town of Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, and an early Cosa Nostra boss in the United States. He instigated the Castellammarese War to seize control of the American Mafia operations, and briefly became the Mafia's "Boss of Bosses". He was assassinated by a younger faction led by Charles "Lucky" Luciano, who established a power-sharing arrangement rather than a "boss of bosses" to prevent future wars.
Charles "Lucky" Luciano (born Salvatore Lucania) (November 24, 1897 – January 26, 1962) was a Sicilian-American mobster who grew to be one of the most powerful men in organized crime. To this day his influence over the gangster activity in the U.S. still exists. .He was the first person to challenge the "old Mafia" by breaking through ethnic barriers and creating a network of gangs, which made up the national crime syndicate and controlled organized crime long past his death.