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:
JOSEPH BIONDO, was., Joe Bancaco, Joe Bandi, Joseph Bandy, Joe Bandy, Joe Banti, Joseph Biandi, Joe Biandi, Joseph Bionda, Joseph Biondi, Joe Biondo, J.B. Biondo, Joseph Bondi, Joseph Rizza, Joseph Snilopati, "Mr. Joe B."
New York 92-637
JOSEPH BIONDO, FBI number 62666, born April 16, 1897, Sicily or April 19, 1897, Barcelona, Italy (not verified), naturalized June 29, 1927, Bronx, New York, resides 77-12 35th Avenue, Apartment B52, Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, and possibly maintains a summer residence in the vicinity of Long Beach, New York. Subject claimed to be associated with Special Parcel Service, New York City, and subject's reported "front" is that of a real estate broker. Subject reportedly acquired ownership of "115 Club," Miami, Florida, formerly served as President and Sales Manager, Mansfield Motors, Brooklyn, New York, now defunct, and also claimed to be associated with Richard Sweets Company, New York City. Subject reportedly has an interest in the See-Boro Forwarding Company, New York City. Subject has arrests for narcotics, homicide, suspicion, possession of weapons, and extortion, during the period 1919-1938, received one year probation on possession of weapons charge. Subject reportedly a contact man and has made trips to Italy. Reported to be engaged in smuggling narcotics. BIONDO reportedly inactive in recent years due to ill health.
JOSEPH BONANNO, was., Giuseppe Bonanno, Peppino Bonanno, Joseph Bonventre, Joe Bananas
New York 92-638
JOSEPH BONANNO, was., FBI Number 2534540; born January 21, 1905, or January 18, 1905, at Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Italy. Admitted to the United States Citizenship at United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, May 17, 1945. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) records at New York, reflect BONANNO, as of February, 1953, was listed on the Attorney General's Denaturalization and Deportation Program list. Results of denaturalization proceedings not known. BONANNO was known to have been a partner in the Brunswick Laundry Service, Inc., also known as Brunswick Wet Wash Laundry, Inc., from 1934 to 1949; in the Morgan Coat Company and B & D Coat Company, all of Brooklyn, New York, from 1937 to 1942. He was alleged to have been connected with the Colorado Cheese Company in Trinidad, Colorado, during the early 1940's. This concern has been reported to have been a distributing point for narcotics. BONANNO, in the early 1930's, alleged to have transported machine guns for the CAPONE gang and has been questioned in regard to numerous murders. BONANNO has been alleged to be a member of "Grand Council of Sicilian" underworld and in the 1940's, to have been one of the most feared members of the "MAFIA." BONANNO reported to have formerly associated with CARMINE GALENTE, [name redacted], GEROLOMA ADAMO, VINCENT and PHILLIP MANGANO, JOSEPH PROFACI, PIETRO BONVENTRE, and others with underworld connections. BONANNO was a partner with [name redacted] the present Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of New York, in the Brunswick Laundry Service, Inc. [Redacted], JOSEPH BONANNO, possibly identical to subject, was up to January, 1956, listed as a 2nd Vice-President with [name redacted] as 1st Vice-President of the Brunswick Wet Wash Laundry, Inc., Brooklyn, New York.