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:
MICHAEL COPPOLA, was., Michael Cappola, Michael Bruno, John Cappola, M. Capola, Michael Cappolo, Mike Coppola, John Capolo, Michael Capulio, John Grosso, Michael Martini, Michael Marinio, Mike Risi, M. Risi, Mike Ross, M. Ross, Michael Russo, "Trigger Mike," "Little Mike"
New York file 92-647
MICHAEL COPPOLA, FBI #677976, born Frichano, Italy, on July 29, 1900, citizenship not known. Subject stated 9/4/57, he resides at 2024 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida. Reported to have had interests in cabaret, cigarette vending and juke box machines, dress making concerns, New York City. COPPOLA is considered to be one of the leaders of the "East Harlem Mob" along with JOEY RAO, TOMMY LUCHESE and JOE STRACCI, who are currently being investigated as top hoodlums by the New York Office. This organization is active in narcotics, policy, gambling and garment rackets in New York City. COPPOLA who presently resides in Miami Beach, Florida, rarely visits New York. On September 4, 1957, he was arrested by New York City Police Department on vagrancy charge which was dismissed on September 9. 1957. COPPOLA refused to talk to detectives at this time. Subject allegedly heads a syndicate which formerly controlled bookmaking at Tropical Park, Miami, Florida, and was active in bookmaking at Gulf Stream Park, also Florida.
ANTONIO CORALLO, was: Anthony Corallo, Anthony Corollo, Tony Ducks, Antonio Freno
New York file 92-648
ANTONIO CORALLO, FBI #269969, born February 12, 1913, Manhattan, New York (not verified), resides 144-67 8th Avenue, Whitestone, Long Island, and is allegedly married to [name redacted] Manhattan, 1942, (not verified). Subject has arrest record for grand larceny, robbery, disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of narcotics. Subject's only conviction was for possession of narcotics in 1941, for which he was sentenced to six months in prison at the Work House, Rikers Island, New York City. CORALLO became affiliated with unions in about 1951, from his association with alleged hoodlums and racketeers. CORALLO is currently Vice President of Local 239 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union and allegedly controls additional union locals in New York City. Subject appeared before McClellan Committee investigating illegal union activities on August 15, 1957, and pled the 5th Amendment. Subject in November, 1957, declined to discuss his activities with Bureau Agents.