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Don’t dare call him ‘Three Finger Brown’

July 13, 2017

To see a list of our upcoming events, including A Conversation with Bernie Sindler, click here The 1960s marked the end of an era for some of America’s underworld leaders. The forward-thinking, Prohibition-era architects of New York’s “Five Families” were aging, imprisoned, retired or already long since interred. In 1967 – 50 years ago – New York lost another original gangster. The public got to know him as “Three Finger Brown,” but you’d never say it to his face. Gaetano “Tommy” Lucchese died on July 13, 1967, of a brain tumor. Compared with those of his colleagues, Lucchese’s Mafia family wasn’t the ...

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