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:
FRANKIE CARBO, was: Paolo Corbo (True Name), Frank Carbo, Frank "The Wop" Carbo, John Carbo, Paul J. Carbo, Paul John Carbo, Paul L. Carbo, Paul Corbo, Frank Fortunate, Frank Fortunati, Frank Marlow, Frank Martell, Frank Martin, Frank Russo, Frank Tucker, "Jimmie The Wop," "Jimmy The Wop," "Mr. Gray," "Mr. Grey"
New York file 92-641
FRANKIE CARBO, born as PAOLO CORBO, August 10, 1904, New York, New York, FBI #187-972, resides 2637 Taft Street, Hollywood, Florida. Prior to 1941, he reportedly had been business associate of [redacted name], Seattle, Washington, who ran food concessions at race tracks on West Coast. In 1955, it was reported CARBO, along with FRANK COSTELLO, and New Orleans, Louisiana, millionaire BLAISE D'ANTONI, offered to purchase Magnolia Harness Track. In 1957, CARBO was reported partners with fight managers [redacted name] and LOU VISCUSI in Houston boxing club. Subject reported to control many fighters through other managers of record, recently [redacted name] and [redacted name] in New York City. CARBO was sentenced to Sing Sing Prison, New York, February 25, 1930, two to four years for manslaughter. He was arrested in 1931, 1936 and 1941 for New Jersey and California homicides, but not convicted. CARBO reportedly a member of the crime syndicate in New York City, and to control the boxing racket. He reportedly fixes fights for gambling benefit and has been reported to control various crap games and bookmaking. In 1953, it was reported his New York mob was taking over prostitution, "junk" traffic, gambling, and bookmaking in Miami, Florida.
ANTHONY CARFANO, was; "Little Augie Pisano," Antonio Carfano, Antonio Carfagno, Augie Carfano, "Little Augie," "Gus," Joseph Feinstein
New York file 92-642
ANTHONY CARFANO, FBI #652 552, reportedly born November 19, 1895, New York, New York (verified). Subject resides 77 Clayton Avenue, Long Beach, Long Island. Has no known regular employment. Partner of record in Ace Lathing Company, Mt. Vernon, New York. Arrested at least 11 times New York City and Miami, Florida, for various offenses, including four arrests for concealed weapons and gun, one arrest in 1933 for murder. Convicted only once, 1933, Miami, concealed weapons. Allegedly former head of Brooklyn rackets under "CAPONE" gang having reportedly replaced former Brooklyn boss FRANKIE YALE. Subject arrested New York City, 1955, on charge of bribery. Indictment dismissed. Usually resides Miami during winter season.