Michael Franzese: 'I Looked Up to Those Guys'

Attendees of the Worcester Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference got a chance to hear about how "ex-mob boss Mike Franzese" escaped from mob life.



He also told how the "violent men who ruled the street with intimidation" "put out an order to kill him" when he decided to leave the mob and dedicate his life to Christ.
Michael made it up the ladder to boss?




The article appeared in The Catholic Free Press. More highlights:

“I always heard in my life that I had to be a ‘man’s man,’” Franzese said. “I aspired to be a man’s man. And I looked up to those guys that I thought were men’s men. Carmine ‘The Snake’ Persico, boss of the Colombo family. Fat Tony Salerno. Big Paul Castellano. Matty ‘The Horse’ Ianniello. I looked up to these guys.

“But when I started to learn about Jesus, and I separated his deity for a moment and I looked at Jesus the man, I was so attracted by the qualities in this man. I said this is the only man I want to aspire to be in my life. He is the only true man’s man.”

Franzese has been described as one of the biggest money earners for the mob since Al Capone. In 1987, six years before he broke with the mob, Fortune magazine listed Franzese as No. 18 on the list of the “Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses” with a reputed $300 million in mob earnings. Since 1995, after eight years of prison, Franzese has made a career as a motivational speaker, author and frequent guest on all major media outlets.

In Worcester, Franzese joked about his rough-and-tumble past, and spoke earnestly about finding salvation through Jesus.

“I know this is a hotbed area” for organized crime, he cracked. “I came here a few times, and you probably wouldn’t have wanted to meet me back then. I’m glad we’re meeting under better circumstance,” he added, eliciting a roar of laughter.





Comments

  1. #(*&^%_>: BS $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


    BINGO

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  2. inthere everywhere alwaysthere doesthere camethere wentthere atthere donethere ofthere lookthere findthere bsthere

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  3. Amen to the first two comments.

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  4. a fraud then, a fraud now. When called in he pissed in his pants. Boss my ass, this guy is a momma's boy. Born to a 16 year old christine copabianco he never stopped suckling her tit.

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  5. this guy loves wants to be a bigshot instead he is a bigshit

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  6. some christian. he abandoned his wife and six kids on long island to marry a wetback whore who uses his money for her luxurious pleasure. meanwhile the abandoned wife and 6 off spring lead a marginal existence. ask them what kind of a guy this dirtbag is

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  7. this guy is a pile of horse manure. he fleeced uncle sam, hooked his sister, popped her married lover, tossed his kid brother aside, beat up woman and weak men, left his ny family to starve, and earns from the church claiming to be born again. writing about this bum is not journalism, t is propaganda. if you are a journalist call this punk out

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  8. WHAT THIS SCUM IS IS A SALESMAN. IN THAT REGARD THE CHURCH AND THE MOB ARE THE SAME. THE MOB SCREWS THE SUCKER AND THE CHURCH LITTLE BOYS. WAIT TILL THIS FRAUDSTER LEARNS OF THE ROLE HIS BELOVED CHURCH PLAYED IN HIS BELOVED FATHERS IMPRISONMENT. THEN THE INSIDE JOKE IS ON HIM

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  9. HE LOOKED UP TO THEM-THEY LOOKED DOWN ON HIM. SEEING HIM AS A MOMSER WHO TRADED ON A NAME WHICH HE HAD NO BIRTHRIGHT. HIS LINEAGE WAS FROM HIS BALLBUSTER OF A MOTHER. A WOMAN UNIFORMLY SCORNED BY THE GROUP. TOLERATED ONLY FROM THE RESPECT EARNED BY THE ADOPTIVE FATHER. MICHAEL IS SEEN AS A MAN WITH HIS MOTHERS BALLS

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  10. this guy is so short of stature he looks up to midgets

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  11. "After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good that he started roaring.
    He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: when you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut."

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