National Affairs: Finger Exercise

Anthony Carfano. alias "Little Augie" Pisano, 61, started out as a two-bit bootlegger in the slums of his native Brooklyn, but he came up fast. By 1930 he had become Al Capone's East Coast viceroy, specialized in laundry, loan-shark and slot-machine rackets, as well as rumrunning. He knew every hood worth knowing, was also friendly with the late Mayor Jimmy Walker (in Prohibition days, Pisano saw to it that the Tammany Hall wigwams were plentifully supplied with needled beer and hijacked hooch). But there were nasty rumors that Augie was a finger man. In 1957, he and Frank Costello had a...

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