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:
MICHELE A. MIRANDA, was., Michael Mirandi, Mike Mirandi, Michael Morandi, Mike Morandi, Michael Morand, Michael Marando, Michael Mironda, Michael Marandi, Frank Russi, Jack Russi, Saverio Ambrosio
MICHELE A. MIRANDA, FBI #91524 was born 7/26/96, at San Guiseppe, Naples, Italy, and entered the United States on 3/29/12. MIRANDA filed Declaration of Intention for citizenship number 290262 on 4/26/29 and on 5/16/32, was naturalized in the SDNY under Certificate number 3551955. MIRANDA presently residing with wife, [name redacted], and son, [name redacted], at [redacted] NY. MIRANDA reported to be owner and/or salesman for Huntoon and Raffo, Inc., a used car agency at 238 West 55th Street, NYC. MIRANDA formerly affiliated with Il Progressive Restaurant, 254 West 55th Street, NYC., and De Palma and Piomontesse Clothiers, 55 West 3rd St., NYC. MIRANDA reportedly a member "Mafia" and carried on US Narcotics Bureau International List as number 229. MIRANDA indicted 8/7/44 with VITO GENOVESE and others by Kings County Grand Jury, NY, for murder but indictment dismissed on 2/13/47, when material witness reportedly killed. MIRANDA reportedly has complete control of all bookmaking operati in lower Manhattan and is known as "Mr. Big" by members of the syndicate on the East Coast. MIRANDA is allegedly a close associate of FRANK COSTELLO, VITO GENOVESE, THOMAS "Three Finger Brown" LUCHESE, ANTHONY "Tony Bender" STROLLO, and FRANK ERICKSON.
JOHN ODDO, was., John Addo, Giovani Oddo, John Oddok, Johnnie Bathbeach, Johnny Bath Beach, "Solly the Shiek"
JOHN ODDO, FBI No. 349341, NYCPD No. B83735. INS files reflect subject indicated birth 1/4/03, Palermo, Italy. (Not verified). Subject arrived US in 1907, naturalized US citizen on 12/1/31. Denaturalization complaint filed in summer of 1957 by AUSA, EDNY, against subject. AUSA contemplates filing for trial after first of the year. Subject currently resides at 1402 West 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY. Currently is partner in Valo Frocks, 1742 86th Street, Brooklyn, NY. Reported to be member of "Mafia." Carried on "Known Gamblers List," NYCPD. Reported to control the rackets and hoodlum activities and controls a large percentage of all gambling activities in Brooklyn, NY. No credit record.