Full Name: Luther Luckett
Weight: 250 lbs
Build: Tall, broad shouldered, and trim. He’s not skinny, but not fat. He cuts an intimidating image.
Complete Physical Description:
He’s a tall and broad man. He’s in excellent condition. He keeps his blond hair short, in the style, longer over the top, and shorn around the sides and back. His hands are calloused, and his nails short.
He favors working clothes. He often wears old military style pants, shirts, with boots. He’s not comfortable in high end clothing.
Place of Birth:
Hornberg, Germany in the Black Forest
Date of Birth:
October 30, 1898
He was the youngest of five siblings, born to Marina and Fritz Luckett. He does not know if his siblings or family is alive. He last saw them when he was 14, and left home for Berlin.
Twitches, quirks, fears, or bonuses:
He is very intimidating. He is generally a nice man, but on first blush, he is a formidable looking man.
List of Personal Logs:
Luther was born in 1898 to Marina and Fritz Lucket. He was the youngest of 5 siblings. His father was an Althaendler, or a second hand dealer in goods who traveled the Black Forest buying and selling goods. They weren’t well to do, but they always had food on the table.
Luther knew he was different from a young age, and that his family would not approve of his homosexual predilections. He traveled to Berlin at the age of 14 to look for work. He was apprenticed to a butcher in Berlin.
In 1914, the first World War kicked off, and at the age of 16, Luther went to war. He was talented on the field of battle, and moved up in rank to Sergant, and was sought after for his ability to keep his head, and get things done.
This culminated in the trenches on the Western Front. There had been no headway for weeks, and the Allies had them at a stalemate. Then, during the night, men on both sides were being attacked. Luther is sure he saw something inhuman that ripped apart the men around him.
Luther rallied his men, and drove them back into the trenches, where they could fight this new attack. When dawn broke, only a handful of German soldiers remained. Luther went across to the Allies, and found only a handful of them remained. He gathered all of the solders together in the most defensible position available, and a dozen German and Allied troops lived to tell the tale. They were found like this when reinforcements came.
They sent them all to the hospital for shell shock, and certainly, most of the man that lived behaved that way. Broken minds, and crazed rantings. Luther was fine though. He was clear in his report, but they classified him as shellshocked anyways. The Allied troops were taken as POWs.
When the Germans lost the war in 1918, at the age of 20, Luther went back to Berlin.
The city was exploding with cultural opportunities. Music, humanities, education, and the arts were exploding around Luther. At the time there was an increasing population of LGBT people in Berlin, with the first gay magazine, and gay rights organization in the world coming into being right before the turn of the century.
This gave Luther the opportunity to explore his sexuality in relative safety. There was a rights movement for people like him, and he was able to find friends and lovers with ease. Because of the German gay movement, and it’s focus on homosexuality being indicative of masculinity and virility, Luther came to see himself as an ordinary expression of nature.
The economy was shaky, and Luther had been impressed with the American’s he’d fought side by side with against the unnamed devil the trenches, so he decided to go to America.
He arrived in Ellis Island when he was 28 years old, in 1926. Prohibition was in full swing, and there was lots of work for a tall imposing German man in the speakeasies, as muscle.
Whereas Berlin was tolerant, and moving in a progressive direction for LGBT rights, New York was holding raids on bars and bathhouses.
Luther was a frequent visitor to The Everard Baths, which was the preeminent social scene for gay men at the time, but avoided getting picked up in the raids. In 1920 the bathhouse was raided 20 times.
Prohibition ended in 1933, and Luther turned to other odd jobs. He cooked, he acted as muscle, whatever he could to make ends meet. In 1935, he worked as a bouncer at the New York bar, The Phenomena. It was a mid to upper level bar that was owned and operated by one of Frank Costello’s intermediaries. Luther isn’t involved in the crime families business, but more than happy to be paid to work at the bar.