this day in crime history: september 25, 1959

On this date in 1959, Anthony “Little Augie Pisano” Carfano got rubbed out. Carfano, a Capo in the Genevose (formerly Luciano) crime family, had made the mistake of getting on the bad side of boss Vito Genevose. As if one fatal mistake wasn’t enough, rumor has it that Carfano was making a play for Meyer Lansky’s gambling action in Cuba.

Carfano was found dead in his car in Queens, shot twice. Also killed was Janice Drake, a former Miss New Jersey and the wife of comedian Alan Drake. She had made her own fatal mistake: going to dinner with the man who had pissed off two of the country’s most dangerous mobsters.

Further Reading:

Wikipedia: Anthony Carfano

Rick Porello’s Colletti & Drake: Women In the Wrong Place At the Wrong Time

Find a Grave: Janice Drake

2 thoughts on “this day in crime history: september 25, 1959

  1. Augie, Janice, Allan and their killers are getting significant supporting roles in my work in progress historical crime novel, _Murder in Birdland_ (though it’s more about music mogul and Genovese front man Morris Levy, and the flunkies that worked for him at the Birdland night club and Roulette Records). Expected release, Jan 2020. If you want your publisher to give it a glance, let me know at mnielsen34 (at) Watch this space for details, and/or to read a two-page treatment:

    I like your site. I’ll be back for more research shortly…


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