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:
VINCENZO FRANCESO ANGELO MAURO, was., Vinnie Mauro, J. Bruno, Jimmy Bruno, Vincent Bruno, Vincent Jimmy Bruno, Jimmy "The Bug," Vincent Maurio, J. Mauro, Vincent J. Mauro, Vincenzo Salvatore Mauro, Vincent Jimmy Morrio, Vincent J. Morris, Vincent Morro, Vincent Marino
New York 92-670
VINCENZO FRANCESCO ANGELO MAURO, FBI Number 760950, was born on February 26, 1916, New York City, and is an United States citizen. He presently resides at 22 King Street, New York City, and is employed at the Marlboro Cartage Company, New York City, as a solicitor. Subject is on probation in the Southern District of New York until September 29, 1958, as a result of a conviction in the Southern District of New York on May 3, 1957, for income tax evasion. Prior to said conviction, MAURO claimed to be unemployed and to derive his income from gambling. Subject is alleged to be the "right hand man" of ANTHONY STROLLO, wa: Tony Bender, and to be involved in narcotics and gambling on the New York City West Side.
WILLIAM JEROME MC CORMACK, was. "Mr. Big," Bull Mc Cormack, Duke Mc Cormack, Westside Billy, Westside Willie
New York 92-666
WILLIAM JEROME MC CORMACK was born in New York City about 1890. Records indicate he was possibly born on December 21, 1890 or November 10, 1889, in New York City. MC CORMACK resides in Apartment 15-B, a duplex penthouse located at 1115 Fifth Avenue, (also known as 2 East 93rd Street) New York City. MC CORMACK and his family control the following legitimate enterprises: Penn Industrices, Incorporated, also known as Penn Stevedoring; Transit-Mix Corporation; Morania Oil Company; Jersey Contract Company; William J. Mc Cormack Sand Company, Incorporated; Oil Distributors, Incorporated; Morania Oil Tanker, Corporation; Suffolk Dredging Company. The subject is alleged to own or have an interest in the following enterprises: The Emerald Petroleum Company, Dallas, Texas; The Sound Dredging Company; Roslyn Scow Corporation; Morania Barges Number 125, Number 140, Number 150 (each a separate corporation); Penn No. 3 Incorporated; Penn No. 5, Incorporated; Penn No. 6 Incorporated; J. & W. Operating Company; Dolphin Transportation Company; Jersey Trucking Company; Lincoln Fields Racing Association; Morania Realty Company; Independent Warehouse, Incorporated; United States Trucking Corporation (allegedly sold interest in 1927). MC CORMACK was one of the principals in the following firms which are now allegedly defunct: John J. Gillen Trucking Company; The Comprehensive Bus Corporation (sold to New York City in 1948); The Omnibus Company (sold to New York City in 1948); Great Eastern Gravel Corporation. All of the firms are located in New York or New Jersey with the exception of the Emerald Petroleum Company which is located in Dallas, Texas. MC CORMACK has many close ties to political figures both in New York and New Jersey. It is alleged he has high political connections in Washington, D.C. He is prominent socially and politically. He allegedly has many close ties to New York and New Jersey Waterfront hoodlums and that he is the "Mr. Big" who controls the crime, parcels out the territories, controls the International Longshoreman's Union, controls the trucking and shipping industries on the Waterfront, and controls the Waterfront of New York.