Arizona Department of Corrections

Blinded by acid

April 28, 2016

On April 2, 1956, Charles Tuso, former armed robber and associate of New York labor racketeer Johnny Dio, entered a Lower East Side candy store at 171 Eldridge Street owned by ex-burglar Gondolfo “Shiekie” Miranti. Tuso “asked me if I wanted to make a $1,000,” Miranti would tell the FBI several months later. “I told him, ‘It depends.’ Tuso told me the job was to throw acid at somebody. He didn’t tell me who. I told him ‘I’ll let you know.’ Then he left.” The meeting of the two low-level hoodlums set in motion a foolhardy act that would bring national attention ...

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