Whack jobs: AMC’s “The Making of the Mob: New York”

AMC's The Making of the Mob: New York Ryan Berenz

AMC's The Making of the Mob: New York

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AMC goes to the mattresses for Mob Mondays starting June 15 at 10pm ET/PT (following a special 25th anniversary airing of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas) with the eight-part docuseries The Making of the Mob: New York, a look at how young hoodlums in the early 1900s built organized crime empires. Ray Liotta narrates the series, which includes dramatic reenactments, archival footage and exclusive interviews. Among the more notorious mobsters featured are:

Charles “Lucky” Luciano The juvenile delinquent turned bootlegger headed up The Commission in 1931 that put the “organized” in organized crime.

Meyer Lansky The Jewish Mob boss and “Mob’s Accountant” had an international gambling empire by 1936, and inspired the Hyman Roth character in The Godfather: Part II.

Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel A longtime Lansky associate, archetypical mobster Bugsy formed hit squad Murder, Inc., and in 1947 helped launch Las Vegas as a gambling mecca.

Vito Genovese As cold and hard a crime boss as they came, “Don Vito” was still calling his family’s shots after being sent to federal prison for heroin trafficking in 1959.

Frank Costello “Prime Minister of the Underworld” Costello had friends in high places in politics and business. The Luciano family prospered with Costello as acting boss in the 1930s.

Photo: © AMC Film Holdings LLC. Credit: Lawrence French

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