The FBI ramped up its investigation into the Mafia following several 1957 events which "served to focus public attention on the mobsters and racketeers operating in the New York area" including "the attempted assassination of FRANK COSTELLO, the well-known racketeer, on May 2, 1957 in New York City; the killing of the notorious ALBERT ANASTASIA in New York City on October 25, 1957 and the Italian hoodlum meeting November 14, 1957 at the home of JOSEPH BARBARA, Apalachin, New York" according to a January 8, 1958 memo. This document "set[s] forth a thumbnail sketch of each of the 54 New York Office Top Hoodlums, most of whom are regarded as the most powerful and influential mobsters in New York racketeering." Each day Friends of Ours is republishing two of these FBI thumbnail sketches:
ARMANDO RAVO, was:
Armand T. Rava, Armando Rava, Thomas Rava, Tommy Rava, Orlando Armand Rave, Thomas Ravo, Armand Reva, Robbie, "good looking Tommy"
New York File 92-680
Subject born ARMANDO RAVO, January 9, 1911, New York City, has FBI Number 1773203. Subject resides 1180 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, New York and is Manager and Buyer of New Corner Restaurant, 7201 Brooklyn, New York. Subject has previous arrests for extortion, violation of internal revenue laws, policy and vagrancy, and is reported, to be suspected of involvement in narcotics and bootlegging. Subject present at meeting of top hoodlums, Apalachin, New York, November 14, 1957.
JOSEPH SALVATORE RICCOBONO, was: Joseph Ricardi, Joseph Riccabone, Joseph Riccardi, Joseph Ricciardi, Joseph Salvatore Riccobono, Joseph Riccobona, FNU Rizoardi, Joseph Roccobono
New York File 92-681
JOSEPH RICCOBONO, FBI Number 321523, born April 23, 1894, Palermo, Italy. Naturalized New York County, New York, in 1922. Resides with wife at 781 Pelton Avenue, Staten Island, New York. Subject owns Christone and Toni Belle Dresses, Brooklyn, New York, and alleges ownership of King Novelty Company, Brooklyn, New York. RICCOBONO also reported to have had an interest in Scranton Frocks, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Subject attended Apalachin Hoodlum Conference on November 14, 1957. Subject pled guilty in December, 1944, to two counts of conspiracy growing out of his activities with the "Lepke-Gurrah, Murder Incorporated fame, extortion and labor-racketeering gang." Subject reported to have been affiliated with international gang of criminals in 1932, which dealt in narcotics, aliens, fraudulent passports, and counterfeiting.