Salvatore Maneri was a career criminal who was heavily involved in the narcotics ring masterminded by Charles "Lucky" Luciano. The organization flourished multi-nationally in the late 1950s before it was broken up in 1960. Maneri was a soldier in the Mafia, a close associate of both Genovese and Lucchese operatives. His closest mob cronies were Vincent Mauro and Frank "Frankie the Bug" Caruso.
Andimo Pappadio was heavily involved in narcotics trafficking between the United States and Cuba. Several of the most insidious heroin rings were broken up in the 1950s and again in 1962. A Bronx gambling operation linked to Pappadio associate "Big John" Ormento, was penetrated by NYPD detectives in 1962. The syndicate was taken down by law enforcement who posed as delivery men.
In April 1959 John Big John Ormento and Nicholas Tolentino were arraigned on illegal narcotics violations in federal court in New York. Thirty-six mob associates were arrested with Ormento, who had been in hiding since June 1958. Lido Beach, New York mob boss Thomas Lucchese was called to a hearing before U.S. Attorney Robert Morgenthau. Tolentino was involved in the probe as were other Luccheses.
James Vintaloro was a Mafia soldier in the syndicate family of Gaetano Lucchese. "Jimmy the Sniff" acquired his nickname from a nervous habit of drawing breaths in short sniffs through his nostrils. Vintaloro was active as a Mafioso in the Bronx, Westchester County and Putnam, NY. He is recorded as a member of the Lucchese family as late as July 1972. In 1971 he was indicted for criminal contempt.
Vincent Potenza became one of many successful prosecutions by U.S. Attorney Robert Morgenthau. In 1967 Potenza was convicted on a charge of transporting stolen checks, a case that Morgenthau prosecuted. As late as mid-July 1972 Potenza is recorded as one of an extended list of Lucchese family soldiers. In one court case Potenza was convicted of generating competition between Mafia families.
The French Connection drug trafficking ring operated multi-nationally around mid-century. It was an extensive network originated by Charles "Lucky" Luciano from his Naples, Italy place of exile. Angelo Tuminaro was a diminutive, unattractive man who was an integral part of this criminal operation. Originally from Cherry Street in Manhattan, Tuminaro married Bella Stein, whose dad was a bootlegger.
By the 1950s Anthony Lisi was a Bonanno family associate. His criminal activities focused on supplying narcotics to New York from Montreal. In trouble from an early age, Lisi accumulated indictments for grand larceny, possession of a deadly weapon, disorderly conduct, robbery and murder. In 1972 Lisi's name appeared on a list of Lucchese family soldiers. He was a Carmine Galante associate.
In 2009 John Baby John Delutro was part of a group discussion that followed the publication of Jimmy Breslin's "The Good Rat". During a conversation Delutro remarked, "Little Italy's changed. It's all tourists." In April 2014 Delutro was sued by a former waitress who worked for him at his Caffe Palermo. The woman charged the Gambino soldier with sexual harrassment in Manhattan Federal Court.
James "Jimmy Legs" Episcopia was a regular body guard for Searingtown mobster Frank Mari. Much of my e-book discusses an era that followed the Bonanno family wars that occurred after Joseph Bonanno's 1964 abduction by his relatives. A central portion of my text looks at the entrance of Joseph Pistone/Donnie Brasco into the Bonanno family. The FBI agent was brought in by Dominick Napolitano.
The Bonannos had proven sources to acquire narcotics. Family members were heavily immersed in gambling and loansharking rackets. The syndicate was notorious for infiltrating businesses in New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Arizona and California. My research is drawn from newspaper accounts that present a detailed portrait of Bonanno family members in 1969. Home addresses of the principals are given.