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 JOHN RAO, was., "Vincey" Rao, "Vinnie" Rao
New York File 92-678
VINCENT JOHN RAO was born June 29, 1898 at Corleone, Province of Palermo, Italy, and presently resides at 192 Dunwoodie Street, Yonkers, New York. He was naturalized December 5, 1921, in New York State Supreme Court, New York City, certificate of naturalization number 1445555. RAO is reportedly a real estate operator in East Harlem, New York, president of Vin-Sons Paints, Inc., 309 East 167th Street, New York, New York; owner of the Five Borough Hoisting Company, 218 East 116th Street, New York City, which is also the location of his office. RAO reportedly in the past engaged in dope racket, gambling, alcohol and vice; active Mafia leader in New York City in 1952; second level echelon hoodlum in New York City in 1954.
NICHOLAS ALFRED RATTENNI, was "Nickey Cockeye," Nick Greensperri, Nicholas Ratenne, Nicholas Ratteni, Nicholas Rattenne, Nick Rettini, Nick Perri, Nick Perry
New York File 92-679
NICHOLAS ALFRED RATTENNI, FBI Number 110,000, born March 5, 1906, in New York City, resides 107 Rockledge Road, Yonkers, New York, but believed to be in Lantana, Florida, as of November 30, 1957. RATTENNI is President of Westchester Carting Company, Inc., and Little Abe Carting Company, both of which are located in Yonkers, New York. RATTENNI has an interest in Oakmont Holding Company, and Oakmont Realty Company, both of which are located at 537 South Broadway, Yonkers, New York. Subject, as lieutenant of FRANK COSTELLO, considered first in command of gambling setup in Westchester County, New York. As of December, 1953, RATTENNI was considered one of more active gamblers in Westchester County area and had been so considered for many years. Subject's wife, now deceased, reportedly owned $175,000.00 worth of Roosevelt Raceway stock.