Lynda Milito Blasts Multimillion-Dollar Gravano Daughter Book

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. 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.
Ms. Gravano, who grew up in Graniteville and is now an Arizona make-up artist, has a multi-million dollar deal with St. Martin's Press to tell all, the Advance reported earlier this week.

"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


  1. It's difficult to have written a book that hasn't had film or TV success see someone come along with a similar story and hit it big. Success breeds success, and instead of bashing Sammy's daughter, Ms Milito should support the fact that there is renewed interest in those hurt by the actions or circumstances of mob husbands or dads. Next year could bring a new deal in Mafia Wife.

    The idea is that both women survived to better their lives. I wish them both good luck.

    Check out "Molls" page at

  2. past comments about lynda milito

  3. what does this mean?
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    Did you mean to include a link? You didn't...

  4. I love you Lynda =)

  5. Susan DeSantis FerrittoJul 6, 2014, 8:48:00 AM

    Although you and I are from the last generation of real mob wives and don't approve of their public behavior...Like it or not, Ms. Gravano and others are entitled to bragging rights. I agree, they give us a bad name but you have to consider the sources and overlook their bold attempts and outrageous personalities. You can't stop them. They are out of control. Best Wishes and just be the lady you are. Susan DeSantis Ferritto. :)

  6. Susan, you have an open invitation to write a story for this blog if you want to expand on your views on MWs or anything else.


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