Umberto (Albert) Anastasia
Born: Feb.26, 1902
Calabria, Italy
Death: Oct. 25, 1957
Kings County
New York, USA

Albert Anastasia (pronounced ah-nah-STAH-zee-ah) (born Umberto Anastasio, September 26, 1902 – October 25, 1957) was one of the most ruthless and feared Cosa Nostra mobsters in American history. A founder of the American Mafia, Anastasia ran Murder, Inc. during the prewar era and was boss of the modern Gambino crime family during most of the 1950s. Anastasia died in what was probably the most sensational assassination in mob history.

Anastasia was part of "Murder Incorporated", a group of professional killers who worked solely for the National Crime Syndicate in the 1930s. The killers received assignments and payments to murder total strangers in the New York area or anywhere in the country, murdering anyone selected by the syndicate board.

Park Sheraton Hotel (now the Park Central Hotel). 870 Seventh Avenue between 55th and 56th Street, Theater District. Mobster Albert Anastasia of Murder Inc.

It is the infamous as the site of the murder of mobster Albert Anastasia, which took place on October 25, 1957 in the hotel's barber shop. Earlier, in 1928, the Jewish gangster and well-dressed prototype of the modern don, Arnold Rothstein, was shot and mortally wounded inside one of the suites.

As the bodyguard is on a walk from parking, two men storm the shop and shoot Anastasia who’s face is being covered with a warm towel for a shave. Supposedly Anastasia jumped at his attackers but did not realized he jumped towards their reflection in the mirror. Anastasia was riddled with bullets until he fell to the floor. 

This video was about six years, before Anastasia was killed. There's a part in the video, where it looks like he's irritated....and he starts to yell at the reporters, as he bends to pick something up.

This clip also shows how naive the news guy and the world were at the time... The reporter is asking about "Anastasia and his underworld bosses"...at this point Anastasia was already the boss of the Mangano family, which later became the Gambino family...

After the Anastasia assassination, the barber chairs at the Park Sheraton Hotel were repositioned to face away from the mirror. The Anastasia chair was later auctioned off for $7,000. In February 2012, the chair will be on exhibit at the Mob Museum in Las Vegas.

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