Mob Books We'd Like to Read...

Mikie Scars memoir is a book that needs to be written.
In the olden days, when mob guys referred to a contract, you could bet your bottom dollar on what the topic of discussion was.

These days, however, such a conversation more than likely means the topic is a book or movie deal...

Two major mob-related book deals have been announced so far this year.

As noted earlier this month, former Philadelphia mob boss Ralph Natale has inked a deal to write his memoir. So far titled Lost Lives and Forgotten Vows, Thomas Dunne Books is slated to publish the book, which is slated to hit bookstores in the fall of 2016. Natale is writing the book with two others, Dan Pearson (of "I Married a Mobster") and New York Daily News reporter Larry McShane.

Back in late April, we reported that Linda Scarpa had inked a deal with Pinnacle to write a memoir in which her infamous father, Gregory Scarpa, aka "The Grim Reaper," will be a major focal point. Scarpa was a chief assassin for imprisoned mob boss Carmine Persico during the 1990s Colombo war, though there's some interesting details we recently read about on Kenji Gallo's excellent Breakshot Blog.

Referring to the Colombo war (the third one, in the early 1990s), Kenji writes:

The main thing about the whole event that people do not understand is that Scarpa was on the outs with the Persicos [as the crime family war broke out]. He was already very sick with AIDS that he had contracted from a blood transfusion. The dementia was setting in at the time. 

Available now for pre-order, Linda's book, The Mafia Hit Man's Daughter, will be published by Pinnacle and was co-written with Boston Globe reporter Linda Rosencrance. The 320-page print edition is $7.99 -- the Kindle ebook $7.95. The book includes 16 pages of photos.

Now we'd like to discuss a new book-related topic: 

Mob Books We'd Like to Read (If Publishers Only Would Publish Them).

We think, for example, Joseph "Big Joey" Massino should write his memoirs. Massino was such a high-profile figure in the Mafia for decades, wielding as much power as any mob boss, such a book would be filled with intriguing revelations. Massino would have insight into the slaying of Carmine Galante, as well as the "Sonny Red Trifecta"--the storied slaying of three captains in one fell swoop.

Massino has already said we don't know as much as we think we do about basic mob history. In addition to claiming former Gambino boss John Gotti wanted to kill him, he's also alleged that both Anthony Mirra and Sonny Black Napolitano were not killed because of former FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone'a infiltration of the crime family.

It is absolutely insane to us that the publishing world is not knocking down Michael "Mikie Scars" DiLeonardo's front door. (Though for all we know, they might be.... former wiseguys can be pretty cagey guys when they want to be!)

He was inducted into the crime family with Junior Gotti, and had a front-row seat to the New York Mafia's doings for decades. He also is highly educated about the Mafia, in possession of certain exclusive knowledge about the mob's formation in the United States. 

Mikie Scars would keep the historians busy, that's for sure.

We also think a book about the Scores racket, which we believe was run primarily by one man for years, an enterprising gangster named Steve Sergio.

Sources describe Steve as a Ray Donovan-type, with a bit of John Dillinger tossed in. Donovan is a "fixer": a person who arranges for bribes or payoffs of corrupt officials or other criminals, to enable a criminal to avoid punishment. Dillinger is, well, Dillinger -- among the Depression-era outlaws (who ran a muck in 1933 and 1934) Dillinger was the most notorious of all.

"I backed up to no one," he told us once in his not-yet-but-almost-pissed voice....

In fact, the Scores story should be told on film -- we think it would work better that way because Scores was, of course, a strip club.....



One book we plan to finish up soon -- which you will be able to read soon enough -- is our book about Frank Gangi and Thomas "Tommy Karate" Pitera....



DON'T BE SHY NOW! TELL US WHICH MOB BOOKS YOU'D LIKE TO READ, AND WHY....

Comments

  1. MASSINO AND MIKIE WOULD BE VERY INFORMATIVE,BRING THE 90'S UP FRONT. SCORES MOVIE NEEDS TO BE MADE FOR SURE.. I THINK I WOULD HAVE MANY QUESTIONS TO ASK OF THEM..ED WHY DON'T YOU ASK MIKIE IF HE WOULD DO A BOOK, TRY TO REACH OUT TO MASSINO ALSO..I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE REAL REASON GEORGE S. WAS KILLED. THE CANADA GUYS. MIKE COULD TALK ABOUT ALL THE PLOTS AND PLOTTERS IN GAMBINO FAMILY, HE KNOWS THE GUYS RUNNING THAT FAMILY NOW..

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  2. Excellent input -- we're not convinced we know why Massino whacked Sciascia -- and frankly it seems too simplistic that he'd have whacked G from C over TG's drug problem. And the alleged killing of someone in Canada, supposedly another reason for Massino to make his murder charges death-penalty qualified by killing George Sciascia, also seems amiss. We've always believed there was more to the hit on George from Canada, but I only know raise the question if it could've had something to do with later intrigues involving Sal The Iron Worker.

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  3. What about Sonny Franzese? Talk about a history lesson!!

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  4. they did not flip and never would write a book,if they did i would want of the three , persico. these other guys should write and fill in some history, give us more to talk about

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  5. I'll tell you the truth I think all these RATS that write these books are full of shit. If u take the time to read there 302s u will see that there are inconsistencies between there debriefing and what they say in there books. All of a sudden they start to remember things when they leave the program. I'm sorry but I would never buy a book that a RAT writes. I read their 302s. To read all the lies. This guy Ralph Natale writing a book. The guy wasn't even a stram he sits there with no teeth in his mouth in his sears sucker suit. Such a fucking embarrassment this whole thing has become RATS making money of the misery they costs other people's family's. Guys are rotten in jail because of these guys telling lies. Now they want to write books and tell more lies. Well f ck them and there book of lies. Just saying. Have a good day ED.

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  6. STRAM HAVN'T HEARD THAT IN YEARS, ARE YOU A BKLYN GUY? DAVID i agree on some of your points, some rats do lie at times in court and more in books, for the most they do tell the truth, every rat every time can not lie. you have a hatred for them and i can understand. so much truth about events have come out through these guys. all these guys who flipped were involved in killing rats one time or another for the most part then they rat,in a million years you think would that guy will never. flip.or they would not be alive or bosses..we do not know who the next killer is going to be the next rat. that is the worst part, a guy who kills not to go to prison then flips on guys and sends them to prison.how many "tough guys" are on the street, even did bids that are c.i.s? dozens and that has been forever. if you want to be in that life, get ready to be killed, go to prison and get ratted on.that is the facts of that life. i my view there is no justifing flipping. some times their " brothers" make it easier to do it. maybe the "wise" guys should really be better acting wise than screwing each other over power, girls, money...

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  7. Yes truth b told I'm from Ave U and a dear friend of mine join team America. Came to my moms wake wereing a wire so today I live in Montreal. And today I talk to everybody like there wereing a Bra u know what i mean. Safe day truth be told.

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  8. miss joe's? montreal is a great city, french are the only people up there not happy with outsiders..

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  9. Depends on which French ur dealing with I been coming here for 45 years same friends no outsiders allowed I speak 3 languages and sad to say I talk to everybody like ther wearing a BRA. Safe day.

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  10. I SPEAK ONE ..BROOKLYNEESE. food is great up there i hear

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  11. Id like to see a book from the gemini twins perspective myself.

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  12. for sure, good guys.never will flip or write

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  13. Foods great people are nice women are beautiful and everyone I bother with is on the same page I don't really no u so I'm going to leave it at that truth be told only u know me I come on this site as me nothing to hide. Joe's a of ave u is owned by Russians now so ur not missing anything peace out.

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  14. I noticed Natale missing a LOT of freaking teeth. I was like, doesn't he notice??

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  15. Never mind the teeth Ed look at that sports jacket and those pants look at the hem on them it's a f cking joke and the scary part is he had the power over life and death. Food for thought

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  16. Just had an interesting conversation. I bounced your comment off someone. Can't say who but I think you'd find it very interesting. Or at least I do. He's a living embodiment of what you describe, and he agrees with you a lot....

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  17. If I can b of help let me no as long has who ever it is is not a rat. Ed I don't talk to them

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  18. He is a "rat" but he mostly agrees with everything you say. He's going on the record too... I assumed he'd want anonymity especially considering what he says. But no .... He wants to be identified.....

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  19. Ok Ed how u want to do this u let me know.

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