Charles Lucky Luciano and Vito Genovese The Mafia Murder of Giuseppe Masseria Coney Island, New York April 15, 1931
by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr
Giuseppe Masseria was involved in gambling, bootlegging, and also the food industry racket. Newspapers from the 1930s wrote that his power rivaled that of Al Capone, who he may have worked with or for. It is interesting that Masseria was lured from his base in Harlem to his death some distance away in Coney Island. It was a savage time in the history of organized crime, the beginning of the 1930s.