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J. Edger Hoover


midgeSalvatore “Midge Renault” Annunziato

Chapter Three in a five-part series on the heyday of New Haven’s mob: J. Edgar Hoover puts Salvatore “Midge Renault” Annunziato in his sights. He goes to jail … sort of. Midge suffers a family tragedy. He goes to federal prison, but not before flexing his power once again. Midge meets his nemesis, a New Haven cop named Stephen Ahern.

(See previous installment here.)

On Nov. 14, 1957, a state trooper in Apalachin, a small town near Binghamton, N.Y., noticed a steady stream of limousines driving into a country estate. He decided to investigate. The arrival of the police sent dozens of sharply dressed men fleeing into the woods.


Mafiosi from every corner of the country, including some of the nation’s most noted gangsters, had converged on the estate for a high level conference. The state troopers eventually rounded up 63 men, interrogated them and let them go because there was no evidence they had committed any crime.