Vinny Gorgeous

Author: Anthony M. DeStefano
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762796596
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Vinny Gorgeous from the Author: Anthony M. DeStefano. A vain man of good looks but no family ties to the Mob, Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano worked his way up to acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, becoming its leader when official boss Joseph Massino went to prison in 2003. When the Mafia was crawling with secret operatives and informants caving to government pressure to flip, Basciano steadfastly obeyed the code of La Cosa Nostra. “I got faith in one guy,” he said during a secretly taped meeting. That man was Massino, head of the Bonanno borgata. But for all his loyalty, Basciano was still a hot-headed, cold-blooded killer, which ultimately led to his arrest and downfall. Then in a remarkable betrayal that rocked the Five Families to their foundations, Massino secretly cooperated with the FBI—the first head boss ever to roll over. As a result, Basciano faced the death penalty, but a federal jury, disturbed by the prosecution’s use of deadly criminal informants, reached a surprising verdict. Here from veteran crime author Anthony M. DeStefano comes the riveting story of the last true believer in the Mob’s cult of brotherhood and his betrayal at the hands of the only man he ever trusted.

King Of The Godfathers

Author: Anthony M. DeStefano
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
ISBN: 9780806533094
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King Of The Godfathers from the Author: Anthony M. DeStefano. The Last Of The Old-World Mob Bosses--And The Ultimate Betrayal For more than twenty years, Joseph "Big Joey" Massino ran what was called the largest criminal network in the U.S., employing over two hundred and fifty made men and untold numbers of associates. The Bonanno family was responsible for over thirty murders, even killing a dozen of its own members to enforce discipline and settle scores. He would be brought down by Salvatore "Good Looking Sal" Vitale, the underboss who was not only Massino's closest and most trusted friend, but also his brother-in-law. In the end, facing the death penalty and the prospect of leaving his family penniless, Massino started talking to the FBI--the first Mafia Godfather to break the sacred code of omerta, and the end of a centuries-old tradition. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony DeStefano, who interviewed Massino's family and friends as well as law enforcement officials and confidential sources, King of the Godfathers is the story of the brutal mob war that made Massino head of the Bonanno family and the most powerful gangster in America. "The best and last word on the subject." --Jerry Capeci, Gangland News.com and bestselling co-author of Murder Machine With 16 Pages of Revealing Photos! Anthony Destefano was part of the team of New York Newsday reporters who won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the August 1991 subway crash in Manhattan. He covers organized crime for Newsday and was the lead reporter on several major criminal trials, including that of subway gunman Bernhard Goetz. He lives in New Jersey.

Brothers Boyfriends Other Criminal Minds

Author: April Lurie
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
ISBN: 0375891730
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Brothers Boyfriends Other Criminal Minds from the Author: April Lurie. Brooklyn 1977. April Lundquist lives in Dyker Heights, a neighborhood populated by the Mafia. Three hit men live on her block: Francesco "Frankie the Crunch' Consiglione, Vincent "Gorgeous Vinny" Persico, and Salvatore "Soft Sal" Luciano. When Soft Sal approaches April and her best friend, Brandi Rinaldi, for a favor, well . . . the girls can't refuse. But does the favor, along with the crisp hundred-dollar bills that turn up in their schoolbooks, mean that April and Brandi are now in with the Mob? Will April be able to get "protection" for her older brother, Matt, when he makes the big mistake of falling for the daughter of a big crime boss? And will April's connection to Soft Sal bring her closer to Dominick DeMao, bad-boy rocker and heartbreaker? Soft Sal, Matt, Dom . . . in April's neighborhood the guys stir up all the trouble, but April wouldn't have it any other way. From the Hardcover edition.

Making Jack Falcone

Author: Joaquin 'Jack' Garcia
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 147110852X
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Making Jack Falcone from the Author: Joaquin 'Jack' Garcia. At 6'4" and 375 pounds, Jack Garcia looked the part of a mobster, and he played his part so perfectly that his Mafia bosses never suspected he was an undercover agent for the FBI. 'Big Jack Falcone', as he was known inside La Cosa Nostra, learned all the inside dirt about the Gambino organized crime syndicate and its illegal activities - from extortion and loan-sharking to assault and murder. The result was a string of busts and a quarter of a million dollar contract put out on his life. A fascinating inside look at the struggle between law enforcement and organized crime, MAKING JACK FALCONE sheds new light on two organizational cultures that continue to exert an unparalled grip on our imagination.

The Long Lost Friend

Author: Daniel Harms
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738733792
Size: 60.75 MB
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The Long Lost Friend from the Author: Daniel Harms. You are holding in your hands the most famous book of magic written in America Originally published in 1820 near Reading, Pennsylvania, under the German title Der Lange Verborgene Freund, this text is the work of immigrant Johann George Hohman. A collection of herbal formulas and magical prayers, The Long-Lost Friend draws from the traditional folk magic of Pennsylvania Dutch customs and pow-wow healers. This is authentic American folk magic at its best—household remedies combined with charms and incantations to cure common ailments and settle rural troubles. The most well-known grimoire of the New World, this work has influenced the practices of hoodoo, Santeria, Paganism, and other faiths. In this, the definitive edition, you'll find: Both the original German text and the 1856 English translation More than one hundred additional charms and recipes, taken from the pirated 1837 Skippacksville edition and others Extensive notes on the recipes, magic, Pennsylvania Dutch customs, and the origin of many of the charms Indices for general purposes and ingredients Explanations of the specialized terminology of illnesses Whether your interest lies in folklore, ethnobotany, magic, witchcraft, or American history, this classic volume is an essential addition to your library.

The Hand That Feeds You

Author: A.J. Rich
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476774587
Size: 55.15 MB
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The Hand That Feeds You from the Author: A.J. Rich. "Morgan Russell, 30, is completing her thesis on victim psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and newly engaged to Bennett, a man more possessive than those she has dated in the past, but also more chivalrous--and the sex is hot. She returns from class one day to find Bennett brutally killed, and her dogs--a Great Pyrenees, and two pit bulls she was fostering--covered in blood. Bewildered and devastated that her dogs could have committed such violence, she worries that she might suffer from one of the syndromes she studies--pathological altruism: when selfless acts do more damage than good. When Morgan tries to locate Bennett's parents to tell them about their son's hideous death, she discovers that everything he has told her--where he was born, where he lives in Montreal, where he works--was a lie. He is not the man he said he was. In fact, he fits the clinical definition of a sociopath, and he had several fiance all believing the same promises he gave Morgan. And then, one by one, these other women are murdered. Morgan's research into Bennett has taken on an urgency: in order to stay alive, she must find out how an intelligent woman like herself, who studies predators, becomes a victim. Sexy, disturbing, and highly suspenseful, this is a brilliant collaboration between two outstanding writers"--

Surviving The Mob

Author: Dennis N. Griffin
Publisher: Huntington Press Inc
ISBN: 1935396382
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Surviving The Mob from the Author: Dennis N. Griffin. What do you do when the law wants you behind bars and the New York crime families want you buried? That was the life-and-death dilemma confronting Andrew DiDonato, who began his criminal career at age 14 under the watchful eyes of the local Mob. By the time he was 17, the infamous Gambino family made DiDonato an associate of the Nicholas Corozzo crew. For the next 14 years, he was a loyal street soldier, immersed in dangerous and profitable criminal activities: burglary, forgery, extortion, loan sharking, car theft, bank robbery, counterfeiting, drug dealing, credit-card and insurance fraud, witness tampering, weapons possession, and attempted murder. He was also involved in the underworld gambling operations, which took in millions dealing dice and cards, booking sports and horses, and running numbers. Between these pages you'll find the most in-depth look at Mob gambling ever. At age 31, DiDonato ran afoul of both the law and his friends, turning him into a hunted man on two fronts. After 17 months on the run, the law caught him first. Surviving the Mob is a cautionary tale of the harsh reality of a criminal, inmate, fugitive, and witness who--so far--has lived to tell the tale.

The Devil S Glove

Author: Cousin Vinny
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises
ISBN: 9781627462228
Size: 15.67 MB
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The Devil S Glove from the Author: Cousin Vinny. Before he wastes his time and efforts on this ploy, Satan needs to test God to make sure that he will condemn the offender to eternal damnation for this particular mortal sin. He needs to find a suitable subject to be the focus of his evil experiment. Stooping to new depths, Satan sets his crosshairs on the clinically depressed in this morality tale that follows two generations of a cursed baseball glove's ownership. The first owner, a perennial minor league baseball player enervated by years of failure and disappointment, suffers a nervous breakdown and delusively asks for Satan s help in his quest to play in the Major Leagues of baseball. Satan is more than happy to grant his wish, as long as he gives his life in return. When the debt is paid, The Devil's Glove seeks new victims. Will God allow Satan to benefit from his despicable plan, or will he do the unprecedented? In The Devil's Glove, God and Satan continue their timeless, unending battle, struggling for possession of our souls. Batter up!"

The Ultimate Book Of New York Lists

Author: Bert Randolph Sugar
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1602397740
Size: 18.32 MB
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The Ultimate Book Of New York Lists from the Author: Bert Randolph Sugar. Draws on the expertise of famous residents and tourists including Pete Hamill and Howard Stern to rank best and worst visitor spots in New York City, advising readers on everything from where to find the best hamburger to the top ten songs about New York. Original.

The Mystery Of The Lufthansa Airlines Heist

Author: Robert Sberna
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692426807
Size: 27.59 MB
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The Mystery Of The Lufthansa Airlines Heist from the Author: Robert Sberna. Where is the $6 million that was stolen during the infamous Lufthansa Airlines heist? For 37 years, the FBI has been unable to find the cash and jewels taken from the Lufthansa cargo vault at JFK airport. Now, for the first time, a Mafia insider reveals the bizarre story of what happened to the loot. In this short-format book, Dominick Cicale, a former high-ranking member of the Bonanno crime family, discloses never-before-told details about the Lufthansa robbery, which was immortalized in the movie "Goodfellas." The book includes portions of an unpublished interview with mob associate Henry Hill, whose story inspired "Goodfellas" and the book, "Wiseguy." Cicale, a mob turncoat, also shares candid insights about the heist's mastermind Jimmy Burke and mob figures John Gotti, "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano, and John Gotti Jr. The 52-page book is co-authored by Cicale and award-winning journalist Robert Sberna.