Frank Manzo in an FBI surveillance photograph

Frank Manzo (February 2, 1925[1]), also known as "Francesco Manzo", "Frank Manse", "Frankie the Wop", is a soldier in the Lucchese crime family. Manzo oversaw the crime family's interests at John F. Kennedy International Airport ("JFK").[2]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Frank Manzo worked in Paul Vario's crew. He served as a union delegate in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and controlled local 295 at JFK Airport, in Queens.[2] He was convicted of labor racketeering based on the testimony of mobster Louis Fratto and was forced out of the union. Manzo also owned Villa Capra, a restaurant in Cedarhurst, New York, where he conducted illegal activities.[3]

In 1972, Manzo was kidnapped by James McBratney, Eddie Maloney, Tommy Genovese and Richie Chaisson; they held him on $150,000 in ransom, which was paid and he was released.[4]

In 1983, Manzo was overheard in an FBI wiretap,[5] saying, "We rule this airport".[6][7] Manzo and capo Paul Vario were charged in 1985 with attempting to extort payments from trucking firms at JFK. He later pleaded guilty to racketeering and was sentenced to twelve years in prison.[2][8][9]

On April 8, 1987, Manzo was banned from New Jersey casinos due to his history of involvement with organized crime.[1]

Manzo was released from prison in 1994.[10]

In popular culture[edit | edit source]

Manzo is portrayed as the character "Frankie The Wop" (by actor Tony Lip) in Martin Scorsese's 1990 film, Goodfellas.

References[edit | edit source]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "New Jersey Casino Commission: Frank Manzo". New Jersey Casino Control Commission. 2011. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jacobs. "Frank Manzo". pp. 48-50, 59, 61. 
  3. Pileggi. Wiseguy: Life In A Mafia Family. p. 35. 
  4. Allan May. "Jimmy McBratney a Footnote to Mob History". 
  5. Elizabeth Neuffer (October 12, 1987). "Crime At Kennedy: Scams, Drugs and the Mob". The New York Times (West Publishing) 647: pp. pg. 159, 163, 183. 
  6. Roy Rowan and Christopher Knowlton (June 22, 1987). "How the Mafia Loots JFK Airport: more than $59 billion of freight and 27 million passengers a year are irresistible pickings for mobsters, who have made it a hotbed of stealing, smuggling, and extortion". Fortune Magazine. 
  7. by John L. Smith (2001). Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn. p. pg.131. 
  8. "Metro Datelines: 5 Plead Guilty in Airport Trial". The New York Times. October 9, 1986. 
  9. "Federal Bureau of Prisons: Inmate Locator "Frank Manzo"". Bureau of Prisons. Released June 24, 1994. 

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Jacobs, James B.; Friel, Coleen; and Radick, Robert (1999). Gotham Unbound: How New York City Was Liberated from the Grip of Organized Crime. 
  • Pileggi, Nicholas (1987). Wiseguy: Life In A Mafia Family. Corgi. ISBN 0-552-13094-X. 

External links[edit | edit source]

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