Antonio Rocco Caponigro a/k/a Tony Bananas ran the Philadelphia Mafia's rackets in Newark, NJ, and apparently he kept some of the local politicians in line by secretly photographing their dirty deeds with young prostitutes according to a well-placed FBI informant:
In February, 1957, T-5 advised that ANTONIO CAPONIGRO operated an extortion racket in which he used attractive, young prostitutes. He said that these girls who worked for CAPONIGRO would place a prominent or wealthy individual in a compromising situation and that unknown to the victim, photographic and audio evidence of the situation would be obtained. The informant said that CAPONIGRO had telephones and/or microphones located in the walls of various locations in New Jersey which he used for this purpose, including the Garden State Motor Lodge, Route 46, Pine Brook, New Jersey, and an apartment building at 32 South Munn Avenue, East Orange, New Jersey. (Informant said that CAPONIGRO obtained considerable income from this blackmail, as well as obtaining influence over prominent politicians and other persons in New Jersey.)
This same informant T-5 "advised that prostitutes congregate mainly in New York City and that apparently a number of them come from Pennsylvania," and "while passing through New Jersey, ANTONIO CAPONIGRO occasionally detains a few of these girls to work for him in the Newark area" who are "put up . . . at a home in Finderne, N.J., operated by a woman named [redacted.]"
In corroborating T-5's intelligence another informant T-39 advised the FBI that "[name redacted] visited CAPONIGRO's restaurant in Florham Park, N.J. (Dot's Kitchen) on several occasions, and that whenever she comes to the restaurant she is accompanied by two young girls who have the appearance of prostitutes," and "informant said that [name redacted] and CAPONIGRO frequently engage in long conversations at the restaurant, and it is believed that these conversations concern prostitution."
T-5 advised the FBI "that the Garden State Motel is owned by ANTONIO CAPONIGRO who took control of it in 1953": "He said he does not know if CAPONIGRO is listed as the owner of record and he believes that CAPONIGRO devotes little time to the business which is run by a resident manager." As of 1957 Caponigro allegedly further controlled numerous restaurants and lounges in North Jersey including the following: Dodd's Cocktail Lounge, 10 North Center Street, Orange, NJ; Dot's Kitchen, South Orange Avenue, Florham Park, NJ; Hi-Way Bar, McCarter Highway and Bridge Street, Newark, NJ; Mario's Restaurant, 35 Main Street, Milburn, NJ; Midway Tavern, 618 South Orange Avenue , Newark, NJ; Pierre's Cocktail Lounge, 24 Lincoln, East Orange, NJ; and Suburban Cocktail Lounge, 64 Brick Church Plaza, East Orange, NJ.
Caponigro lived at 124 Silver Spring Road in Short Hills, NJ but maintained "an expensive apartment at Main and Washington Streets, E. Orange, NJ, under the name of P. LORDI" at which he entertained girlfriends and fellow mobsters.
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