Former Goomah Gunning for Philadelphia's Ex-Mafia Don?

At least one person is hopping mad at former Philadelphia mob boss Ralph Natale – reputedly the first Cosa Nostra boss to flip and testify against his own crime family, and the first since Joseph Bonanno to write a memoir,  Last Don Standing: The Secret Life of Mob Boss Ralph Natale.

In 1997, boss Natale was romancing his mistress Ruthann Seccio
 Natale with Ruthann Seccio in 1997.

"Sprinkled throughout the book" are anecdotes about Natale’s violent tendencies --"like Locatelli cheese atop a plate of spaghetti,” Philly Mag reviewer David Gambacorta noted.




The former Don's ex-mistress, Ruthann Seccio, is reportedly furious with the 81-year-old Natale for condensing the story of their relationship into two sentences, Philly.com noted. (Well, "a couple of sentences," which should mean two.)

Seccio, 48, still lives in South Philly and continues to regularly glance over her shoulder to check for Mafia shooters, a habit she adopted in 1999, the year Natale flipped.

Natale, in the memoir, kisses her off with a note that "the only regret I have" is Ruthann Seccio. 

Natale's former squeeze is unhappy with how Natale kissed her off in his memoir.

We're not sure what to make of Philly.com's observation that:
"We’re concerned that Seccio... might actually be plotting to kill Natale..."

Seccio has a gun permit and travels around armed. In the event she ever needs to shoot someone, she regularly practices at the shooting range.

"I’m a great shot, believe me," she said. "I just got another [gun]. I put a laser on it."

She discussed how her life has evolved since her relationship with the former mob boss came to an end after he was arrested as part of a sweeping drug-trafficking indictment, then flipped.

"For 17 years, I’ve been staying in my lane. If they would have done the book correctly, I would have stayed in my lane," Seccio said. 

Addressing Ralph Natale, she added: "Now that you don’t think my life is worth it, I have to come back out. I’m coming at you, Ralph, with an 8-pack of TNT. If I got to, I will flip a car on I-95 just to be heard. My [expletive] life matters."

"I didn’t go looking for a bald man, my friend’s father, 34 years older than me. He came for me."
She’s looking to "take down his book," Philly.com wrote.

Seccio has "a helluva life story of her own if any writers are interested in collaborating," she told Philly.com.


On January 23, 2012, it was reported that Seccio had completed filming an episode of I Married a Mobster, which aired on Discovery.

The executive producer was Dan Pearson, who's identified as one of the authors of Natale's memoir. 
Larry "The Man!" McShane is the other....


Dan Pearson and Larry McShane authored the memoir.

Kevin Kaufman, of Kaufman Films, filmed Ruthann telling her life story, which commenced with her parents abandoning her as a child. 

She hooked up with Natale and the two supposedly were together until he decided to cooperate, when he abandoned her.

Mobsters supposedly threatened to murder her in retaliation for Natale flipping.

Pearson and Kaufman produce "I Married a Mobster," along with Sopranos actress Lorraine Bracco, whose voiceover narration introduced each show. Seccio's episode, Street Smart, debuted on September 5 at 10 p.m.




Discovery noted:
Ruthann Seccio didn't have an ideal childhood. At the age of 12, "less than ideal turns" to "nightmare" when she's raped and arrested for a crime she didn't commit. By the time justice is served and Seccio is released, she survives on the streets of Philadelphia using her street smarts to get her through. At 23, Seccio sets out to find a better life, catching the attention of Philly's mob boss, Ralph Natale. Despite their 35-year age difference, his status as a married man and her friendship with his daughter, Seccio gives into Natale's advances. But after she becomes his most trusted confidant and after he becomes a rat, the love affair not only puts her life on the line but also threatens to destroy the Philly mob all together.

But there's more.

A full 10 years prior to her I Married a Mobster episode, Seccio had larger fish to fry. She was in talks to have the story of her life filmed for the big screen.

In January 2003, a film tentatively titled Blondes and Bikers was announced.


Ruthann Seccio sought to "control of her cinematic life story."

City Paper reported:

Hollywood has sealed the deal with Ruthann Seccio, the sassy South Philly ex-gal-pal of Ralph Natale, the mob boss turned government witness. 
Film director Kevin Kerslake told City Paper, "We've just signed an agreement to make a feature film about Ruthann Seccio. 
"It's going to be a fascinating window into her life, her early struggles growing up, as well as her involvement with the mob world. It won't be The Sopranos. It'll be a story told from a very different perspective."

No script was written and needed funds to make the film hadn't been acquired.

Still, the previous summer, Seccio met with several producers in Los Angeles. The film -- the true story of a woman's romantic relationship with a mob boss -- seemed to be in hot demand.

But Seccio was practical, as she told the paper. She knew how Hollywood projects tended to slowly work their way through the developmental stages.

"These things take a long time," Seccio said back then. "My life isn't going to change overnight."

Seccio, described as "the 30-something bottle-blond," still held a job working as a bartender and spending spare time in South Philadelphia while at the same time, taking care of her mother.

Members of the Philadelphia Cosa Nostra weren't pleased with these developments, reportedly.

Seccio was a figure of scorn when she was mob boss Ralph Natale's main squeeze. There were tales of kinky sexcapdes including boudoir photos, and a bed made out of money where Natale and Seccio supposedly romped the night away. And there were stories about loud arguments and even physical altercations between the married mob boss and the mistress.

Seccio was also an actual eyewitness to "the dangerous power struggle between Natale and some of the younger wiseguys" -- likely an incorrect reference to the troubles that Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino and his faction, of which Natale was nominally head, were having with John Stanfa.

Mafia sources and one outlaw biker -- a patch-wearing Pagans member -- provided law enforcement with information supporting allegations that Seccio was targeted for death by underworld elements seeking to overthrow Natale and take over the Philadelphia Mafia.

READ Q&A With "Chin" Author Larry McShane


Nicholas Pileggi, author and producer of GoodFellas and Casino, told City Paper he was contacted by a then-imprisoned friend of Seccio's. The jailbird told Pileggi that Ruth's life would make a great book. He recommended that Pileggi call her. 

But, as the affluent wordsmith told City Paper: 

"I don't know enough about her life to say if it would be interesting to me or not. I've got a lot of other things I'm committed to before I could think about this. I really just called to say hello and to introduce myself, that's all."






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