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:
JOHN ORMENTO, with aliases Giovanni Ormando (True Name), "Big John," John Forte, "Governor," John Ormando, Richard Roe
Subject, FBI #1321383, was born GIOVANNI ORMANDO in NYC 8/1/12. Resides 118 Audrey Drive, Lido Beach, L.I., N.Y. ORMENTO until recently a partner O and S Trucking Co., NYC, which has liquidated. ORMENTO has three Federal narcotics convictions -- 1937, 1941, 1951 and served prison sentences on all three. Also has NYC bookmaking conviction 1948 and possession of firearms charge against ORMENTO was dismissed 1955. ORMENTO attended hoodlum convention Apalachin, N.Y., 11/14/57.
JAMES PLUMERI, wa. TRUE NAME VINCENZO DOMINICK PLUMERI, Jimmy Doyle, James D. Plumeri, James Dominick Plumeri, Vincenzo Plumeri
JAMES PLUMERI, FBI # 672798, was born VINCENZO DOMINICK PLUMERI on 4/11/03, at Regalbuto, Province of Catania, Sicily. Entered the US aboard the "SS City of Naples," on 10/14/03. On 7/29/26, became a US citizen, USDC, SDNY. Presently resides with his wife, [name redacted], NYC. Official and actively engaged in the management of Ell Gee Carriers, Incorporated, Barton Trucking Company, Seambinding Company, Incorporated, New York firms. Alleged to have had an interest in Advance Jr. Dress Corporation, Bonnie Stewart Incorporated, Richter Dress Company, and Villa Mar Restaurant, New York concerns. PLUMERI has been characterized as a former Lepke-Gurrah mobster, and as a garment racketeer, gambler, and an underworld manipulator controlling boxing.