Alfred Miniaci was about more than jukeboxes according to the new e-book The Mafia and the Gays by Phillip Crawford Jr.
The Italian immigrant who founded the Bronx-based Paramount Automatic Industries in 1931 which became the country's largest independent distributor of coin-operated cigarette machines, juke boxes and amusement games until its 1969 sale to publicly-traded ARA Services for $6 million also was one of the Mafia's significant financiers. Alfred Miniaci provided funding for many Genovese bars including Matty Ianniello's The Peppermint Lounge, and through Interboro Funds of which Miniaci was a co-principal with Stanley Lemler financed other Genovese mobsters including multiple mortgages to Vincent DiNapoli who long held an iron grip over New York's drywall industry.
Even after selling out in 1969 to ARA Services -- the company changed its name to Aramark in 1994 -- Alfred Miniaci still was rubbing financial elbows with degenerate mobsters including child pornographer Robert DiBernardo from the Gambino family. In 1972 the two men were among the five principal shareholders in Sentry Sound Systems Inc. which marketed burglar alarms for vending machines. DiBernardo was sponsored into the crime family by Carlo Gambino's most trusted goodfella Ettore Zappi who ran the smut racket.
Alfred Miniaci may have fancied himself a gentleman -- he was known for his philanthropic concerns and was a social butterfly -- but if you put lipstick on a pig it's still a pig.
The Mafia and the Gays provides the most comprehensive account yet of Alfred Miniaci's apparent financial backing of mob-related concerns.