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:
VINCENT ALO, was., Vincenzo Alo, "Jimmy Blue Eyes," Jimmy Carsale, Jimmy Cicella, Jimmy Cucella, V. James
New York 92-635
VINCENT ALO, FBI Number 554810, born May 26, 1904, at New York City; birth verified. He resides 19 West 55th Street Apartment 9A, New York City, and 1228 Monroe Avenue, Hollywood, Florida. Subject reported to be an associate of FRANK ERICKSON, FRANK COSTELLO, JOE ADONIS, MEYER LANSKY, "TRIGGER" MIKE COPPOLA, [name redacted], TOMMY MILO, and JOEY RAO. Subject reportedly engaged in gambling activities in New York City and Florida. Subject alleged to have invested $250,000 in production of movie, "The Scoundrel." Subject travels frequently between New York City and Florida.
ANTONIO ANASTASIO, was., Anthony Anastasio, Anthony Anastasia, "Tony," "Tough Tony"
New York 92-636
ANTONIO ANASTASIO, FBI Number 4743827, was allegedly born February 24, 1906, at Tropea, Italy; first entered the United States in 1925; and was naturalized June 11, 1940, at the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York. Subject resides with his wife, ROSE, at 8220 11th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. Since his arrival in the United States, ANASTASIO has spent his entire career on the Brooklyn waterfront as a longshoreman, hiring boss, and union leader. He has been a Vice-President of the ILA-IND Union since 1955; and since 1954, has also been the business agent for ILA Local 1814. Acknowledged to exercise complete control over longshoremen on the Brooklyn waterfront. Power reportedly stems from his being the brother of ALBERT ANASTASIO, former top hoodlum who was murdered in October, 1957. ANASTASIO has used strongarm tactics on several occasion to gain his aims on the waterfront, and has his own group of "musclemen" to carry out his orders.