As a member of Murder, Inc., the mostly Italian-American and Jewish crime syndicate that dominated Brooklyn during the 1930s and 1940s, Albert Anastasia rose from hitman to crime boss relatively quickly. By the early 1950s, Anastasia was head of the Gambino crime family (known as the Mangano crime family at the time).
In 1957, as Anastasia sat in a barbershop chair in the Park Sheraton Hotel (now the Park Central Hotel) in New York City, two masked gunmen entered and fired five bullets into Anastasia’s body.
By some accounts, Anastasia fell out of the chair; other versions insist he stood up and lunged at the men. The hit was likely orchestrated by rival Vito Genovese and Anastasia’s underboss, Carlo Gambino, in a cold-blooded grab for power. Authorities never charged anyone with Anastasia’s murder.
Why shouldn’t you Google this? Authorities took a lot of photos of Anastasia’s blood-spattered, barbershop-cape-covered body. You can see them here.
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