- NAME: Albert Anastasia
- OCCUPATION: Organized Crime Boss
- BIRTH DATE: September 26, 1902
- DEATH DATE: October 25, 1957
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Tropea, Italy
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
- Full Name: Umberto Anastasio
- Nickname: The Executioner
- Nickname: Lord High Executioner
- AKA: Albert Anastasia
- AKA: Albert Anastasio
- AKA: Umberto Anastasia
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Mob boss Albert Anastasia started out as a hitman and became one of the most powerful crime bosses of the 20th century. He helped run Murder Inc.
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He was also brought up on tax charges that same year. Yet it was someone within Anastasia's organization who proved to be his downfall.
On October 25, 1957, Anastasia went to the barber shop at the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York City for a haircut. But instead of getting a trim, he was killed in a hail of bullets. Two masked gunmen attacked him while he sat in the barber's chair, hitting him five times. Anastasia's underboss, Carlo Gambino, reportedly orchestrated the killing after he convinced the mob that Anastasia had become a liability.
Anastasia's brutal murder made headlines, and is still remembered as one of the mob's most gruesome killings. Unlike some mob bosses, Anastasia had a very simple funeral and burial. Only a few friends and family members were on hand when he was laid to rest at the Green-Wood Cemetery in South Brooklyn, New York, on October 28, 1957. His killers were never caught.
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