The name HEADS OF THE FAMILY originates from the heads of the five New York crime families and the hats once worn by their family bosses. These gangster hats are part of a private collection of organized crime artifacts covering the 20th century. To learn more about their origin please visit the ABOUT page.
Pictured are the hats from Charles “Lucky” Luciano (left) and Meyer Lansky (right). Both men are considered to be the fathers of modern organized crime in the United States, founders of the Commission and instrumental in the development of the National Crime Syndicate. They also ended the position of Boss of Bosses, but kept to the structure of having the New York City underworld divided into the five families as we still know them today: Bonanno Family, Colombo Family, Gambino Family, Genovese Family and Lucchese Family.
To visit the website just click the menu HEADS OF THE FAMILY. This will bring you the different US states and their respective crime families. By clicking one of the US states historical artifacts for each family will appear.
The objective of this website is to make part of my private collection accessible for a larger public sharing the same interest. It is not my intention to glorify or romanticize organized crime or the Mafia in particular.
All images on this website are the exclusive property of Marnix Brendel and may not be used without permission.