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:
MEYER LANSKY, was., Meyer The Bug, Bugsy Meyer, The Bug, Little Meyer, Myer Lansky, Meyer Lazansky, Morris Lieberman, Bugs Meyer
NY file no. 92-660
MEYER LANSKY, FBI Number 791783, was born 7/4/02, in Grodno, Poland. He arrived in the US 4/4/11, and was naturalized 9/27/28, in the EDNY. His last residence was listed as the Colonial Hotel in Miami, Florida, as of 11/1/57. LANSKY is presently concerned with gambling activities which are conducted as legitimate enterprises in Havana, Cuba.
JOSEPH A. LANZA, was., Joseph "Socks" Lanza, "Fats," Joseph Renna, Joe Socks, "Socks," Joe Zotz, Joe Zox
New York 92-661
Subject JOSEPH A. LANZA, was., FBI Number 785896, born August 18, 1900, New York City, formerly resided with wife [name redacted], 300 West 23rd Street, New York City. Presently incarcerated Dannemora Prison, Clinton, New York, resulting from revocation of his parole on February 5, 1957. Subject originally sentenced January 29, 1943, to 7 1/2 to 15 years New York State Prison for conspiracy and extortion and released on parole September 11, 1950, due to expire January 7, 1958. During parole subject employed as clerk City Hall Hardware Company, New York City, and reportedly continued his control of Fulton Fish Market, New York City.