||New York| Michele Miranda
Birth: 1896 - Naples, Italy
Death: 1973 - New York
Michele Miranda was the consigliere of the Genovese Family from 1957 until his retirement in 1972.
Michele Miranda was born in 1896 near Naples, Italy, and came to America at the age of 9. At a young age he became affiliated with streetgangs and was arrested the first time in 1915 for theft. When prohibition became law in 1919 he associated himself with Gaetano Reina and Gaetano Gagliano. During that time he also started to meet many other Mafia members in New York such as Charles Luciano and Vito Genovese. After the Castellammarese war Miranda became a made member in the Luciano Family. He often acted as an enforcer to the family and was rapidly rising through the ranks, partially with help from his close friend Vito Genovese. During the 1940's he was appointed as the overseer of the Garment District, a lucrative Manhattan neighbourhood.
During the late 1940's and early 1950's Miranda rose to become one of the top capo's in the family, earning millions of dollars by illegal gambling, loansharking and labor racketeering. Genovese became the boss of the family in 1957, leading to the elevation of Miranda as consigliere. The same year Genovese hosted the Apalachin meeting to show himself as the new boss of the family to the other Mafia organization in America. Together with Genovese he was arrested in the woods near the Apalachin ranch when suddenly the police invaded the place.
In 1959 Genovese was arrested on narcotic charges and was convicted to 15 years in an Atlanta prison. Genovese descided he needed his three most trusted men to oversee the family business while he sat behind bars. He appointed underboss Gerardo Catena and Michele Miranda to be part of a threeman ruling panel, with Thomas Eboli as his acting boss. In 1965 Miranda and Eboli were arrested by the FBI, but were released again within a week. In September 1966 Miranda was arrested again in Queens for parole violations and consorting with known criminals. After paying the $100.000 bail he was released. In 1972, 3 years after the death of boss Vito Genovese, Miranda retired from criminal life and died one year later at the age of 77.
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