Discovery to Debut 'Inside the Gangsters' Code'

Gambino associate Ferrante, arrested in the early 1990s.
RealScreen.com reports that the Discovery Network International will launch the television series "Inside the Gangsters’ Code" in February. The focus will not be on America's La Cosa Nostra, however, as the show will spotlight notorious crime rings located throughout the rest of the world.

Further details regarding the show's day and time slot were not available at this time.

Five 60-minute episodes are so far slated for release; each segment will follow ex-mafia associate Lou Ferrante as he exposes the inner workings of some of the world’s most notorious gangs in places such as El Salvador, the Philippines, New Mexico, Italy and Poland, with Ferrante explaining gang origins, developing networks of power, motivations and political sway.

Ferrante appearing in TV host mode.
"He will immerse himself in gang culture and live alongside prisoners, talk to guards, and meet top-level soldiers," the site reports.

Louis Ferrante (born May 13, 1969) has been a pretty interesting story on his own. A one-time Gambino mobster who spent eight years in prison, he  managed to successfully appeal his conviction. A free man, he traded in his prison garb for a computer and began pounding the keyboard, becoming a rather successful writer, focusing on business and crime (of course).


He has appeared on television stations such as MSNBC, Fox News Channel, BBC, PBS, Comedy Central, and The History Channel. On September 15, 2011, Ferrante even spoke at The Economist's Ideas Economy: Human Potential Summit in New York City.

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Louis became a career criminal, hijacking trucks and eventually heading up a crew of Gambino-associated armed robbers.

The law caught up with Ferrante; he became the target of three separate investigations. He was eventually indicted by the FBI, the United States Secret Service, and the Nassau County Organized Crime Task Force. In 1994, facing a life sentence, Ferrante wrote and distributed a rap song defending infamous Gambino boss John Gotti, for which he accrued a large amount of newspaper clippings.

In the U.S., the hardcover edition of Ferrante's memoir is titled Unlocked: a Journey From Prison to Proust in hardcover; the paperback is Unlocked: The Life and Crimes of a Mafia Insider.

Ferrante's second book is a non-fiction work, Mob Rules: What the Mafia Can Teach the Legitimate Businessman. It has been translated into 12 languages -- not bad for a former hijacker/armed robber. Or at least this journalist typing these words is pretty goddamn jealous!
In addition to writing, Ferrante also is a motivational speaker. And now he is hosting a television show.

Only in America!

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