- Steven A. Riess
Carbo, Frankie (10 August 1904–10 November 1976), Italian-American gangster and "underworld czar of boxing", Italian-American gangster and “underworld czar of boxing,” was born Paul John Carbo and reared on New York’s Lower East Side. His parents’ names and occupations are unknown. Carbo was first arrested at age eleven and spent much of the next four years at the Juvenile Catholic Protectory. Arrested again in his late teens for felonious assault and grand larceny, he then became an enforcer for a Bronx taxicab protection racket. In 1924 he murdered a cab driver who resisted a shakedown, and he served twenty months in Sing Sing for the crime. Thereafter, he was involved in beer-running and bookmaking and was indicted four more times for murder, but he was never convicted....