First ran on 3/26/11 -- another all-time top 5 story seemingly unaccounted for in our stats... reposting it; subject matter still relevant, it would seem.
SILive.com reported: Self-proclaimed "Mafia Wife" author Lynda Milito said "Mob Wives" reality show star Karen Gravano is "giving Staten Island a bad name."
"She's writing a book?" asked Mrs. Milito in a late night phone call to the Advance. "She doesn't know what she's talking about. How can she? She was only 13 when her father did what he did and my husband disappeared."
Mrs. Milito, 64, widow of Gambino captain Louie Milito, said she is "furious" that Ms. Gravano, 38, daughter of turncoat Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano, is inking a tome about growing up mobbed up.
Lynda Milito: Karen Gravano
gives Staten Island a bad name.
"I feel bad for Staten Island," said Mrs. Milito, formerly of Todt Hill now ensconced in Boca Raton, Fla. "She is giving Staten Island a bad name. Because of her, there will be a stigma attached to Staten Island. Am I talking as a Mafia wife? Yes. The 'Mob Wives' like her should be ashamed because they are behaving like animals. Those people are resembling their own background. I am out to stop this. I am real; they are liars. If I sound angry, I am. I am furious."
Mrs. Milito, author of the 2003 "Mafia Wife: My Story of Love, Murder and Madness," stated in the book that she holds Gravano responsible for her husband's death. She said she doesn't believe mob boss John Gotti ordered the hit after learning from Gravano that her husband was allegedly bad-mouthing him. Milito's body was never found.
"Gravano ... used to come to our house every day," said Mrs. Milito. "I hated him. He had this manipulative way about him. My husband was a hair dresser. He was a good guy. Then one day he had to ask for a favor, and that was it."
After testifying against Gotti, Gravano, who murdered 19, went into witness protection in Arizona, only to be busted in 2000 for running a massive Ecstasy drug ring. He got 20 years.
Ms. Gravano copped to charges related to the operation and got three years probation.
"I'm a good person," said Mrs. Milito. "I have my own website. I preach survival. I have written a book. I lecture. Nobody I know is in prison.err