Where Did My Inspiration For The Filthy Marcellos Come From
Anyone who knows me is aware I have a –probably a little unhealthy—interest in organized crime. More specifically, any and all mafia related events, activates, or major trend setting families in the crime world. These organizations are all around us. The best ones, and the most successful nowadays, are the ones that fit into society without anyone noticing a thing.
Nevertheless, my interest in keeping up and current on the topic has led me into some interesting research. By far, my most favorite research has always been the faces of organized crime—the men behind the titles they earned and the families they sworn their loyalties to.
Charles “Lucky” Luciano just happened to be one face in my droves of research, but he was the face that started the Filthy Marcellos for me. Originally born Salvatore Luciano, he was an early 1900s mobster known for his impact during prohibition, being one of the founders of The Commission, and really, his life as a whole. Luciano was one of the most important and influential mobsters of his time, and his legacy still carries weight in the Cosa Nostra world today.
But, beyond just his achievements “professionally”, Lucky had a few interesting quirks about him which stand out to make him an individual and really drew me in. He never married, but he had a long-time lover with whom he stayed for decades until she passed on. When asked why he didn’t take a wife, Luciano said, “I don’t have a wife, because emotion is dangerous.” He never procreated, because he didn’t want any children of his growing up being known as the son or daughter of Lucky Luciano the “gangster”. He was one of the very few Cosa Nostra Dons that actually survived his reign and lived a full life, as most in that time were killed or usurped by their successor.
And when Lucky died? Over 2000 people attended his second funeral in Queens, New York.
I think the man speaks for himself in many aspects. It’s important to remember that the mobsters of that time aren’t the gangsters of today. Then, men of La Cosa Nostra didn’t believe in selling drugs or stealing to make their money. Were they law abiding citizens? No. Were they dangerous? Absolutely. But as Lucky once said, “If you have a lot of what people want and can’t get, then you supply the demand and shovel in the dough.”
Even Time magazine labeled him amongst the top twenty most significant titans of the 20th century. Imagine that for a moment. A mob boss helped to shape America into what it is today. From battling prohibition, to having a hand in helping to disband the KKK in some parts of the country, Luciano and his associates were at the very least, interesting men who garnered attention both in the past and today. That could be a good or bad thing depending on your opinion, and I won’t argue for either side, but it is a reality.
There is a little bit of Charles “Lucky” Luciano in each of my heroes in the Filthy Marcellos. From his namesake, to being a rebel and leader in his business, to even some of his personal life choices regarding love. How could he not be my inspiration with a life like his?