Thomas Lucchese Dress Manufacturer and Mafioso
by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr
Thomas Lucchese and his brother Giuseppe "Joe Brown" Lucchese were partners in the garment and trucking business. Thomas was held briefly for the murder of a street peddler in 1928. The man's name was Louis Cerasulo and he was gunned down while talking with his uncle near East 114th Street. Police later discovered that the victim was part of a chicken protection extortion racket in Harlem.