Although a longtime consigliere, he had aspired to be named as the official “acting boss” of the Family by his pal Vito Genovese who was serving a 15-year federal narcotics jail term and was disappointed that Vito chose Tommy Eboli and Jerry Catena to lead instead…. Genovese would die in jail in 1969.
Michele A. (Mike) Miranda was born on July 27, 1893, at San Giuseppe Vesuviano, in the province of Naples, Italy. He was aka “Big Mike,” “Frank Russi,” and “Saverio Ambrosio.” He immigrated to the U.S. in 1912 and was naturalized as a citizen in Lower Manhattan in 1932.
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