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Albert Anastasia
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    (September 26, 1902-October 25, 1957)
    Birth name was Umberto Anastasio
    Head of the 'Murder, Inc.' contract-killing syndicate
    Boss of the Gambino crime family (1951-57)
    Nicknamed 'The Mad Hatter' and 'Lord High Executioner'
    Was 'hit' while having his hair cut
    The number of people killed by Murder, Inc., is estimated at 400 to 700.
    He avoided being convicted of killing a longshoreman when the four key prosecution witnesses disappeared permanently (1922).
    He arranged for the arson of the SS Normandie to convince authorities to cut a deal in which they would pardon imprisoned boss Lucky Luciano in return for mob protection on the waterfront (1942).
    He violated the Mafia's 'we only kill our own' rule when he ordered a hit against Arnold Schuster, a tailor who had identified bank robber Willie Sutton to the FBI, because 'I can't stand squealers!' (1951).
    He then covered his tracks by ordering a hit against the gunman who had killed Schuster.
    He changed the spelling of his last name to avoid bringing shame to his family.
    He enlisted in the US Army during World War II.
    When he was shot, he tried to charge the gunmen, but attacked their reflection in the barbershop mirror instead.
    The Daily News reported his death under the headline 'He Died in the Chair After All.'

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