Anastasia Albert born Umberto Anastasio Born September 26, 1902. Died October 25, 1957 AKA the Mad Hatter AKA The Lord High Executioner. Anastasia was born in Tropea, Italy, one of nine brothers. He moved to New York, arriving in a commercial freighter around 1919.
He slowly became a power on the remarkably corrupt Brooklyn Waterfront and rose to a position of authority in the International Longshoremen's Association, the ILA, perhaps the most corrupt union in American history. Armed with an insane temper, he murdered a man in the early 1920’s and served time, only 18 months, at Sing Sing Prison. He was released on a retrial after all the witnesses in the case died or disappeared.
After his release, Anastasia went to work for Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria. Anastasia. Working with him were Lucky Luciano and Frank Costello.
For his loyalty to Lucky Luciano in taking over the Outfit, Anastasia was handed the National Crime Syndicate's enforcement arm, Murder, Incorporated, a group of mainly Jewish killers that operated out of the back room of a candy store in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York.
Murder Inc. in its ten years in business, by most estimates is responsible for between 400 and 700 deaths in the underworld. Anastasia was never prosecuted for any of the murders.
Anastasia is believed to have ordered the execution of boss Vincent Mangano in early 1951. Afterwards, at a Commission meeting, Frank Costello backed Anastasia's claim that Mangano was planning to kill him and defended Anastasia's right to act in self-defense. The bosses accepted Anastasia's elevation to boss.
Anastasia's bodyguard parked the car in an underground garage and then walked away leaving the boss unguarded. When Anastasia was relaxed in the barber’s chair, two men – scarves covering their faces rushed in and shot him dead.
The murder remains officially unsolved. There is a dispute on who the killers were. Some believe that Boss Joe Profaci handed the contract to the Gallo brothers. Others hold that the killers were Joseph "Joe the Blonde" Biondo, who became Carlo Gambino's underboss after the murder. With Biondo were Stephen Armone, Arnold "Witty" Wittenberg, and Stephen "Stevie Coogin" Grammauta.